#AceNewsReport – Jan.28: UNICEF report released on Tuesday quantifies the alarming human cost of the escalating violence: More than 8 million school-aged children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have been forced from school: Nearly 1 million people are now displaced, with more than half of those coming from Burkina Faso: “When you go to school you see that there is a possibility of a different way — you hope that you can be someone, but now these children do not have normal lives” Anne Vincent, UNICEF’s representative in Burkina Faso.
“The speed and scale of Burkina Faso’s crisis has shocked observers: In recent years, extremist violence has wracked Libya, Mali and Northern Nigeria — but Burkina Faso along with its neighbor Niger have remained largely immune………Once viewed as a buffer of stability, that is quickly changing.”
This is a big change: Just three years ago there was hope here on most fronts: The country has moved backwards by 10 to 15 years and it is terrible to witness that,” Vincent said: Officials and security analysts view the violence, particularly in Burkina Faso, as a serious regional threat: The fear is that militant groups like the #IslamicState in the Greater Sahara and Ansaroul Islam could use the country as a bridge into neighbouring coastal West Africa.
“At a congressional hearing late last year, US State Department officials highlighted the risk to the entire region and as an extension, American economic interests: “One thing we’re sure is that the situation won’t get better if the United States looks the other way. Left unaddressed, extremist violence in the region will likely spread elsewhere, affecting security and well-being of US economic partners and allies. That’s why our efforts are vital,” Deputy Assistant Administrator Cheryl Anderson told members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.”
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Read Full UNICEF Report Here: Telegram: https://t.me/acenewsdaily/210387 – Ace Daily News, [Jan 28, 2020 at 20:23] OR via Ace Worldwide News Group https://ift.tt/2U2tOzB
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