The Economic Community of West African States sent a distress call Tuesday to the international community declaring that more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including more than a million children exposed to severe malnutrition.
The Arabic nomads in central Chad always have moved from place to place, following the rains with their camels and cattle. But in that parched stretch of Africa, some nomads have stopped moving, saying the droughts now come too often.
It is a conflict fought in blistering heat, in some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. The frontline troops often wear scruffy T-shirts; most can't drive. But it is a struggle that the United States is taking ever more seriously, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
Niger security forces and military police arrested more than 600 people in an overnight raid aimed at dismantling gangs and stopping armed robberies in and around the capital, a government-run Web site said Wednesday.