11 Dec 2014
Allegations that the Islamic State, or ISIL, has set up training camps in Libya have been described by the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel as “particularly worrisome”.
Hirouete Guebre Sellassie briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the situation in the Sahel region of Africa, the semiarid area which lies along the edge of the Sahara desert.
She spoke about the security and humanitarian challenges faced by the region where millions of people don’t have enough food and the number of children affected by acute malnutrition has increased from 5 million in January to 6.4 million today.
“The situation in the Sahel continues to be impacted by the crises in Libya, northern Nigeria, northern Mali and the Central African Republic. The persistent allegations that the Islamic State has set up training camps in Libya are particularly worrisome. If the situation in Libya is not quickly brought under control, many states in the region could be destabilized in the near future.” (26″)
Ms. Sellasie said that spiralling insecurity and conflicts in the Sahel have displaced 3.3 million people, a two-fold increase from 1.6 million in January.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.