Geopolitics, economics, security, climate change … Good luck trying to disentangle the reasons for the latest overturned government in Niamey.
With a war raging in Europe, media headlines painted the coup in Niger in terms of Russian Wagner mercenaries, anti-French sentiment, and the wrestling match that opposes presidents Macron and Putin in the Sahel.
Scratch the surface in Niger beyond the capital, Niamey, however, and you see a population living in deep poverty, aggravated by increasing water stress, with a quarter of the 25 million Nigeriens food insecure and unable to cope with fast-rising energy costs.
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