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Since 19 August 2017, fresh protests have been taking place. While further protests were planned, and tensions was rising, the arrest of an influential Imam preacher by the security forces in the city of Sokodé on 16 October provoked anger from the local population, especially young people. This event marked the beginning of a resurgence of violence that quickly began to be heard in all the important districts of Sokodé and the surrounding villages. Apart from the damaged public and private buildings, security forces actions caused severe trauma among the population. It is estimated that 2 million people have been affected by the civil unrest. More than 1500 persons fled into the bush and the nearest villages. Seven people are reported to have died as a result of the violence. Several villages saw their population double, triple or quadruple within 24 hours.
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