Niger. According to
countryaah, the country was plagued by the ravages of Boko
Haram's ravages in the border area against Nigeria. The
movement affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) aims to
create an Islamic state in the region.
In May, at least six people were killed and several
injured in attacks on a village, where several houses and a
marketplace ignited. In July, at least 32 soldiers were
killed and close to 70 injured when hundreds of Boko Haram
supporters attacked a military base in the city of Bosso.
According to the UNHCR, some 50,000 people were forced to
flee their homes because of the attacks against Bosso.
In July, Niger's military, in collaboration with
neighboring countries' forces, launched a counter-offensive
against Boko Haram in the southeast. According to personal
data in September, 123 terrorists had been killed, seized
weapons and ammunition and taken back important areas ruled
by Boko Haram. Fourteen Nigerian soldiers were reported to
have been killed in the fighting.
In September, five people were killed in a village
attacked by Boko Haram supporters, who came riding on camels
and burned down residential buildings.
Boko Haram's advance in Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon
has led to over 6 million people in the Chad Lake area being
threatened by starvation, according to several relief
organizations in the area.
UNICEF noted that many children could not attend school
because of the terror. With the UN's help, the government
moved hundreds of schools from the conflict area on the
border to Nigeria.
In February, parliamentary elections and a first round of
the presidential elections were held, with greatly increased
security of terrorist acts. President Mahamadou Issoufou was
challenged by 14 candidates, where former Prime Minister
Hama Amadou was most knowledgeable. However, Hama Amadou was
forced to run his campaign from the detention, accused of
participating in a tangle with child trafficking.
Mahamadou Issoufou was accused by his opponents of
wanting to silence critics, including by arresting many of
them for alleged coup attempts. After the first round of
elections, Mahamadou Issoufou and opposition candidate Hama
Amadou would have met in a second round, but the latter was
taken out of custody and flown to Paris for alleged chronic
The opposition decided to boycott the second round of the
election. According to the official results, 56% of the
voters participated, and the incumbent president won by more
than 92% of the votes. According to the opposition, only
about a tenth of the electorate participated.
In the parliamentary elections, the ruling Nigerian Party
for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) received 75 seats and the
entire government coalition totaled 90, which gave a
majority. The largest opposition party The Movement for a
Democratic Niger (Moden) received 25 seats. A new government
was formed with 40 ministers from PNDS. After the election,
a court decided that Hama Amadou should be released against
In June, 34 dead people were found in the desert of Niger
after they succumbed in an attempt to reach neighboring
Algeria, probably with Europe as their target. Of the dead,
20 were children.
In August and September, western and northern Niger were
hit by storms, where floods, according to the UN, took the
lives of 38 people and more than 90,000 became homeless.
Livestock succumbed and large fields were destroyed.
The government banned exports and slaughter of donkeys
due to a dramatically growing demand from donkey hides from
China, whose gelatin is used, among other things, as potency
enhancers. The rush for donkey hides had pushed up the price
of a donkey three, four times, causing many farmers to
abandon the rearing of other animals.
In September, seven politicians were released from the
opposition who have been detained since the previous year.
In November, at least 18 people were killed and about
twenty were injured in violence between farmers and
livestock herdsmen in southern Niger. Land and water
conflicts are common in the area.