Christians Threatened by Islamist Expansion in Sahel

Militants enforce Sharia law in Mali. (Wikimedia Commons)

Members from the United Nations Security Council are visiting the Sahel this weekend to push for stability. Violent attacks increased eightfold in the region between 2015 and 2020.

“It’s being [called] ‘Africa’s Afghanistan’ because the French soldiers occupying [the region] and keeping some levels of peace are starting to withdraw,” Voice of the Martyrs Canada CEO Floyd Brobbel says.

“We saw how in Afghanistan with the U.S. pullout, and other groups pulling out as well, that creates a power vacuum where Islamic jihadists come in and seek to take control.”

France announced this summer it would withdraw 2,000 troops from the Sahel region by early 2022. Approximately 5,000 French troops are deployed across five countries under Operation Barkhane.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth