Source: European Parliament
As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the world in suspense, there are growing concerns about potential collateral damage. According to several reports, terrorist groups like Boko Haram in West Africa and Islamists affiliated to the so-called Islamic State in Mozambique have stepped up attacks and claimed new territory. In addition, there are concerns that the spread of the disease could increase levels of hatred in divided societies and lead to mass atrocities and genocide, for example in Burkina Faso. Finally, lockdown measures and trade restrictions are also likely to intensify food shortages in developing countries.
1. Are there any plans to strengthen existing EU anti-terror operations in Africa or establish new ones in countries that have recently experienced a sharp increase in terrorist attacks, for example in Mozambique?
2. Is the European External Action Service monitoring the situation in countries that have experienced mass atrocities in the recent past and what measures is it taking to help prevent new violence?
3. How does the EU intend to address the imminent danger of poor and vulnerable people in developing countries suffering food shortages?