In response to the military’s attempt to overthrow President Mohamed Bazoum and take control of Niger’s government, the United Nations has suspended its humanitarian operations in the troubled Republic of Niger. This action reflects the international community’s disapproval of the coup, with the United States and France, along with the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States, condemning the destabilizing events in the country.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the number of people needing humanitarian assistance in Niger has surged from 1.9 million in 2017 to 4.3 million in 2023. Despite the critical humanitarian situation, the UN has temporarily halted its operations in the Sahel country due to the ongoing unrest.
Niger’s armed forces chief, Abdou Issa, declared his support for the troops behind the government’s overthrow. The military command chose to align with the declaration made by the Defence and Security Forces to prevent further escalation and violence, safeguarding the physical integrity of the president and his family.
President Bazoum responded defiantly to the coup attempt, assuring the nation that the hard-won achievements would be protected. During a conversation, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed support for Bazoum and criticized the forceful attempt to disrupt the constitutional order, even if it may not technically qualify as a coup.
France, which also condemned using force to seize power, demanded the immediate release of President Bazoum and his family. Paris echoed the calls of the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States, emphasizing the importance of restoring Niger’s democratic institutions.