Qadhafi's Legacy Casts a Dark Shadow over the Sahel

In the sandy Sahel desert of WestAfrica, a perfect storm of humanitarian crises threatens to destabilize afragile region. The pressures start locally: A drier-than-normal year squeezedharvests, and food supplies are dwindling. Meanwhile, guns and people thatexited Libya's revolution are now slipping back into Mali, Niger, Mauritania,Chad, and parts of Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Fighters who once stood by Libyanleader Muammar Al-Qadhafi have turned to causes closer to home, bringing theirweapons with them. Civilians are returning from Libya too, ending years ofremittances that had been vital to struggling families back home.

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