Islamic State in West Africa digs wells, provides some basic healthcare, has a judicial system in and a tax regime that’s generally accepted – creating an environment where people can do business.
In an “unspeakable attack” last weekend 157 Fulani villagers in Mali were massacred by armed men from the Dogon community. Violence has also spilled across the border into Burkina Faso and Niger.
The economy is devastated, and more than 2.4 million South Sudanes live as refugees in neighbouring countries that include Uganda, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
The Vultures Are Circling To Pick Off The Carcass
More than half of the external debt in sub-Saharan Africa is from commercial lenders, governments, and bond markets, not concessional lenders like the World Bank.
Stunting rates range between 10% in prosperous areas of southern Nigeria to over 50% in parts of the north.
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