Explainer: What is the Sahel and why is it so important?

Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2020
Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region is a crucible of climate change, population movement and jihadist attacks. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this month called it a “microcosm of cascading global risks converging in one region.” – What is it ? – In pure geographic terms the Sahel, or Sahil in Arabic, meaning coast or shore, is a vast region that stretches along the Sahara desert’s
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