Located in the north-west of Niger on the border with Mali and Burkina Faso, the Tillabéry region has been confronted in recent years with an amplification of security, demographic, climatic and humanitarian threats. Challenges that negatively and considerably affect populations facing an explosion of armed attacks and community conflicts, youth unemployment, displacement of populations and the deterioration of their living conditions. To support the efforts of the authorities, the United Nations Peace Fund (United Nations Peace Building Fund, UNPBF), financed the implementation of a stabilization and peacebuilding program in the northern area of the Region. The project, which is implemented by UNICEF, UNFPA and UNCHR, aims to strengthen the inclusion of young people and women in conflict prevention mechanisms through a multisectoral approach with the main objective of strengthening the resilience of populations. On the ground, the results are quite satisfactory, as we saw during a press visit to the area last January.
“I'm 32 years old and I was a mototaxi driver with which I made a living and looked after my family. But since the state banned the circulation of two-wheeled vehicles, I no longer have any source of income. My wife with whom I have a child even left me and frankly I can tell you in all sincerity, I am tempted like many of my friends to join one of the armed groups that operate in the area because they say that can make a lot of money with them ...". This moving but equally moving testimony is that of one of the first interlocutors we met in Téra, in the Tillabéry region, a few kilometers from the Burkinabé border and not very far from the three (3) border area where for years, several terrorist groups. Since 2017, and to cope with the multiplication of armed attacks by assailants who most often come from neighboring Mali, the government has placed the area under a state of emergency with the ban on the circulation of two-wheeled vehicles, however very valued in the area for the services they offer to the population. Read more
source: Niger news