COAT OF ARMS
Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic
Current President: Mahamadou Issoufou
Population: 18,638,600 (2016)
Land Size: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)
Major Ethic Groups:
- Wed - Jul 19, 2017: A Forgotten Community - the Little Town in Niger Keeping the Lights On in France - AllAfrica News: Niger
[African Arguments] Welcome to Arlit, the impoverished uranium capital of Africa.
- Tue - Jul 18, 2017: How Jobs Can Help Niger Win the War Against Boko Haram - AllAfrica News: Niger
[IRIN] Demobilising ex-combatants as part of a peace deal is hard to do at the best of times. But increasingly - from Kenya to Somalia - it's being tried in the middle of ongoing anti-insurgency conflicts, which adds a whole new level of complication.
- Fri - Jul 7, 2017: Boko Haram Ups Its Pressure On Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
[IRIN] There has been a worrying upsurge in Boko Haram violence in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, adding to the caseload of an already underfunded humanitarian crisis.
- Tue - Jul 4, 2017: Boko Haram Suspected in Deadly Niger Attack - AllAfrica News: Niger
[Al Jazeera] Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people and abducted as many as 40 others in southeast Niger, according to local officials.
- Wed - Jun 28, 2017: UN Agency Saves 600 Stranded Migrants in Sahara Desert, but 52 Dead in Niger - AllAfrica News: Niger
[UN News] The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive.