2018/07/18 – Nearly 300 Malian civilians have been killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday, as surging inter-communal violence across the country threatens a presidential election due later this month.
Malians head to the polls on July 29 for a vote meant to draw a line under six years of political unrest, jihadist attacks and ethnic clashes. But the situation has degenerated in recent months and spilled over into neighboring countries. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Almost 300 Malians killed this year in militia clashes: U.N. »
2017/07/17 . In a press briefing earlier today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) detailed an alarming rise in communal violence among different ethnic groups in central Mali. Continuer à lire … « Analysis: Jihadist exploitation of communal violence in Mali »
2018/07/15 – From torched villages to mass graves, new atrocities come to light each week in central Mali’s escalating conflicts.
The heart of the country is becoming its deadliest region, gripped by a mutually-reinforcing mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes that are also sharpened by suspected climate change. Continuer à lire … « Mali – In central Mali, jihadism and communal conflict make for deadly mix »
2018/07/13 – There has been no “Mission Accomplished” moment celebrating the defeat of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. But the American and other allied troops who helped crush IS are quietly heading home, and their generals are packing away their counter-insurgency field manuals. They deserve credit for a job bravely done. However, IS’s brutal ideology is not dead. A form of it is taking root in and around the Sahel. Continuer à lire … « Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel »
The highly credible Stockholm International Peace Research institute (SIPRI) has identified sixty-three multilateral peacekeeping operations throughout the world. Africa hosts the largest number, with twenty-five missions. For perspective, there were eighteen in Europe, nine in the Middle East, six in Asia, and five in the Western Hemisphere. African peacekeeping missions accounted for some 75 percent of all peacekeeping personnel, with African countries accounting for the majority of those troops. Continuer à lire … « Global Peacekeeping Operations Overwhelmingly African and in Africa »
2018/07/10 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has paid tribute to African troops fighting terrorism in the Sahel, saying they were not only protecting those in the restive Sahel region – but also the whole world. Continuer à lire … « African troops fighting terrorism in Sahel are protecting world – UN #Mali »
2018/07/10- A recent spate of extremist attacks in Mali has once again underlined the need to rethink the hard security approach that dominates the response to terrorism in the Sahel.
The end of June saw attacks in Mali on French forces as well as the headquarters of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, a security force made up of five regional countries to combat jihadist insurgents and criminal groups. The attacks overshadowed the African Union (AU) summit in Mauritania, which also hosted French President Emmanuel Macron keen to discuss the region’s burning security problems. Continuer à lire … « Mali – To build peace we have to ask why people go to war »