Niger is the latest nation to fall to a military coup in Africa

Q: Niger’s military last week seized both power and the president, who was the nation’s first elected leader to succeed another since independence in 1960. The general who headed the president’s guard declared himself the leader of military junta now ruling the country. Where is the landlocked West African nation of Niger?

Circle the area on this map

Q: With Niger’s coup, a line of six countries stretching 3,500 miles from coast to coast are now ruled by leaders who seized power by force. That line extends from the Atlantic Ocean to which body of water?

A. Arabian Sea

B. Mediterranean Sea

C. Persian Gulf

D. Red Sea

Q: Other than Guinea, the coup nations lie in a hot semi-arid region that runs along the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. What is this region of Africa called?

A. Great Escarpment

B. Maghreb

C. Sahel

D. Sudanian Savanna

Q: Some demonstrators supporting the coup attacked the embassy of a nation that once ruled Niger as a colony. Niger gained independence from which European nation in 1960?

A. Britain

B. France

C. Germany

D. Portugal

Q: Other demonstrators in Niger took to the streets waving flags of which country that has been gaining influence in Africa?

A. China

B. India

C. Russia

D. Saudi Arabia

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