Since 2018, the north of Benin has witnessed attacks by jihadist militias from Burkina Faso and Niger. This phenomenon highlights an expansion of terrorist activities towards the coastal countries of West Africa. The reasons for the expansion of the jihadist ideology are deeply linked to the condition of the territory. Inter-community tensions, social disintegration, economic depression, political marginalization, lack of natural resources, and militarization of environmental conservation. In short: the border areas of northern Benin are the perfect context for the expansion of radicalism.
The goal of the project is to describe all the dynamics that are going on in the North of Benin from a human perspective, outlining the strategies of the main stakeholders present in the territory. Lastly, the aim of the work is to make the story as visible as possible, through a cross-media distribution. To do this, outlets in multiple languages were involved in the project: Italian (Jesus and Internazionale), Italian in English (Lifegate), Swiss (RSI), and German (Deutsche Welle).