"Time running out" to stop terrorism's spread across the Sahel

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Families fled their home in north-east Nigeria in fear of the militant group Boko Haram. They do not live in camps but are seeking refuge in local communities across the border, in Niger. File Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu.

Time is "running out" to find and implement solutions to the spread of terrorist groups and their extremist ideology across Africa's Sahel region.

That's according to El Ghassim Wane, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

He was outlining preparations for the deployment of a new Sahel Joint Force, by the governments of the so-called G-5: Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

Matt Wells reports.

Duration: 2’19″

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