“Advancing Sahara Desert Inflames Violent Struggle Over Land”


Battles over land and water are intensifying in Nigeria and other West African countries such as Niger, Mali and Ivory Coast, a region that’s battling Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State. As the Sahara desert advances at a rate of what environmentalist group Fight Against Desert Encroachment estimates at 0.6 kilometers (0.37 miles) a year, herders who traditionally grazed their cattle on arid plains are increasingly being forced onto cropland. By trying to escape the desert nomads are unwittingly accelerating the desertification of less arid areas, according to the group.


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