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An Elephants Without Borders plane flying over a herd of elephants at the Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana while taking part in the survey in February this year. Photograph: AFP/Elephants Without Borders

The greatest animal census ever undertaken in Africa has revealed that elephant numbers are declining far more rapidly than previously believed – prim(...)

A team from MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) arrives to aid 133 migrants crammed onto a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Adam Alexander

“My God,” says 19-year old Miriam from the Gambia, holding her hands over her face and shaking her head. “I wouldn’t wish that journey on my own wors(...)

A displaced Nigerian woman at a refugee camp near Diffa in southeastern Niger. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s army yesterday said it had freed more than 5,000 people held by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram during an operation at the weekend in(...)

A  soldier stands guard in a camp of the city of Diffa during the visit of Niger’s interior minister Mohamed Bazoum following attacks by Boko Haram fighters in the region of Diffa, Niger. PHotograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters

A multinational force has begun operations against Boko Haram along the border between Niger and Nigeria, a general from Niger said on Tuesday. Brig (...)

 Nigerien soldiers patroling in the desert near Bosso in Niger. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger’s vast desert after being abandoned by people-smugglers. Agadez, in the l(...)

Modu and her baby Fatima in the NYSC camp in Maiduguri, Borno State. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Kolo Modu (30) left her home six months ago. Her baby girl Fatima – chubby, cute, and constantly squirming – cries on her lap as she speaks. Fatima (...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: aim of the plan is to “save lives in the Mediterranean”. Photograph:  Vincent Kessler

The European Union is to spend up to €8 billion over the next five years to help non-EU countries tackle migration, in what has been hailed as a “new(...)

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari  with Boko Haram escapee Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki’s   four-month-old baby   during a meeting in the   presidential villa in the country’s capital  Abuja. Photograph:   Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The Nigerian army is moving in to Boko Haram’s final stronghold in the Sambisa forest to rescue more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls after one managed to (...)

Rahila Amos, a Nigerian grandmother who said she was abducted by Boko Haram and forced to take classes on how to carry out a suicide bombing, in Minawao, Cameroon.  Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Hold the bomb under your armpit to keep it steady, the women and girls were taught. Sever your enemy’s head from behind, to minimise struggling. (...)

Boys hold bows and arrows in Kerawa, Cameroon. Kerawa is on the border with Nigeria and is subject to frequent Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Adama Simila wears a knife tied to his belt by a piece of rope, his only protection against Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist insurgents who have repe(...)

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