Western Africa

According to the UN, Western Africa contains, amongst others, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

1) Ghana

Though generally considered a relatively peaceful country, Ghana has been plagued by ethnic conflicts in its northern region and is vulnerable to spill-over from conflicts in neighbouring countries. Read more…

 

2) The Ivory Coast

Despite enjoying some three decades of relative stability post-independence, Ivory Coast has experienced several coups, a civil war and growing ethnic divisions in the past twenty years or so. Read more…

 

3) Liberia

From 1989 to 2003, Liberia was gripped by two brutal civil wars – fuelled in part by what are now commonly referred to as ‘blood diamonds’ – leading to the prosecution of former president and rebel leader, Charles Taylor, on war crimes and crimes against humanity. Read more…

 

4) Nigeria

Competition for land, scarce resources and political influence has lead to acts of extremisms and violence that threaten the stability of Nigeria and its 150 million population. Read more…

 

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