Niger coup: ECOWAS sanctions hit border towns
24 August 2023 | 10:08 am
ECOWAS sanctions on Niger appear to be a double-edged sword. Many Nigerians living near the border with Niger, which Nigeria shut after the coup, say the economic and humanitarian impacts are enormous.
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