Sahel region

Special Hostage crisis in Gaza draws attention to scourge of kidnappings in Africa’s Sahel

Hostage crisis in Gaza draws attention to scourge of kidnappings in Africa’s Sahel

  • Blame for abductions extends beyond religious extremists to include self-defense groups and government forces
  • Economic factors and the erosion of trust in the state seen as significant drivers of hostage-taking spree
By ROBERT BOCIAGA ·