G5 Sahel military force still needs money

Only half of the projected $500m that the G5 Sahel force needs has been raised, and African leaders are pushing the international community for more funding.

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    The European Union is doubling its funding for an African body aimed at combatting armed groups across the Sahel region.

    Leaders of five African countries are in Brussels for a security fundraising summit.

    They need to raise more money to fund a joint military force that works alongside French and UN troops.

    More than 50 countries are at the donor conference, including the US.

    The so-called G5 Sahel group is made up of soldiers from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

     

    Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler reports.


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