Already infamous for being the focus of jihadist expansion in the country, Djibo is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Besieged by terrorist groups since the month of february, this locality in the province of Soum, located less than 50 kilometers from the Malian border, has 350,000 inhabitants – the vast majority of whom are displaced – who lack everything, the delivery of food there being extremely difficult.
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It has been more than seven months since the city, an economic crossroads which hosted one of the most grands livestock markets in the region, is suffocated by the embargo imposed by the men of the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM or JNIM), the Sahelian branch of Al-Qaeda. While the peasants no longer have the right to cultivate their land, the goods only reach the city sporadically and are mostly looted.