Middle East funds Gambia as EU cuts aid over human rights concerns

December 10, 2014 12:23 PM

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DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The European Union has withdrawn millions of euros of funding for Gambia due to its poor human rights record, leaving the mainly Muslim West African nation to rely increasingly on donors from the Middle East for development projects.

The shift in soft power is of concern to Western governments in a region where Islamist militancy in northern Nigeria and northern Mali is fuelling instability, diplomatic sources said.

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