UN Weighs Greater Role As Terrorist Attacks Rise in West Africa

The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel has updated the Security Council, describing an "unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region. "The region has experienced a devastating surge in terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets," Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel told the Council in its first formal meeting of the year.

A girl runs outside a small community school in Korioume, Mali, where children lack basic equipment, including notepads and pens. Parts of the school have been attacked and in 2013 the village was a Jihadist stronghold.

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