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Hundreds march in Niger calling for Arabs expulsion

Hundreds of people took to the streets in southeastern Niger on Saturday to protest against the government’s decision to halt the deportation of thousands of Mahamid Arabs back to Chad. Niger’s cabinet on Friday announced it was suspending the deportation of the nomadic Arabs, who fled warfare and drought in neighbouring Chad during the 1980s, and taking a month to find alternative measures to defuse tensions in the southeast region of Diffa. Local communities accuse the Mahamid Arabs of harassing them with illegal firearms and depleting local supplies of water and pasture land with their livestock. Full Story

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