Quarterly Highlights: - 1st Quarter of 2014 (January - March)

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West Africa has been confronted with diverse human security challenges including violent extremism and religious fundamentalism, agro-pastoralist conflict, communal conflicts, electoral tension, targeted killings and most worrisome the outbreak of Ebola virus.

Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea in early February where about 85 persons are dead out of over 100 cases has further engulfed the region into crises with cases reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. The epidemic poses a serious risk of becoming widespread due to porous borders with devastating consequences on a region with limited medical facilities.

Renewed agro-pastoral conflicts in northern states of Nigeria which have claimed hundreds of lives since January 2014 have further compounded the insecurity challenges in the northern region where members of the Boko Haram sect has persistently launched offensives on innocent civilians, security agencies and infrastructures especially telecommunication facilities in a bid to stall communication in the area.

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