The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm

The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The huge, sparsely populated, impoverished Sahel is affected by growing numbers of jihadi extremists and illicit activities, including arms, drugs and human trafficking, estimated to generate $3.8 billion annually. Borders are porous, government reach limited. Populations and unemployment are soaring. Within this perfect storm…