Sahel-France Summit Examines Escalating Conflict in Mali

French President Emmanuel Macron and a group of five African allies have met to discuss a violent insurgency across Africa's Sahel region. Leaders of the G5 Sahel - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - met in Chad's capital city N'Djamena for the two-day summit. Macron attended via videolink. Islamist fighters in the Sahel first emerged in northern Mali in 2012. They now control vast swaths of territory in the region that stretches across the southern edge of the Sahara desert. France together with the G5 Sahel nations have been fighting the insurgency. The UN also has a peacekeeping mission in the region. But thousands of soldiers, UN peacekeepers and civilians have been killed, according to the UN. More than two million people have fled their homes.

UN peacekeepers patrol the Menaka region in northeast Mali.


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