Today the vast Sahel region, lying between North and sub-Saharan Africa, is characterised by general poverty, lawlessness and the presence of terrorist groups. But it once formed one of the world’s busiest and wealthiest trading routes. Can the fortunes of this region be revived and restored to their long-lost glory? Report by Tom Collins.
2018/08/06- Across much of West Africa a trend has developed. As the Atlantic Ocean feeds the economic powerhouses on the coast, the Sahara has given way to instability, contraband and disrepair. This wasn’t always the case. In fact the very opposite was true.
Transit routes criss-crossing the desert connected once-powerful cities like Timbuktu, Gao, Djenné, and Kano with North Africa and the Middle East. Goods like gold, salt, cotton, leather and ostrich feathers were transported and traded in large caravans and it was the interior that flourished. Continuer à lire … « Can the Sahel recapture its lost glory? #Mali »
2018/04/16 – France condemns the April 14th attack in Timbuktu against MINUSMA and Operation Barkhane, during which a peacekeeper from Burkina Faso was killed and several others were wounded, including seven French soldiers and two Malian civilians. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Attacks on MINUSMA and Barkhane (14 April 2018) »
2018/04/01 – A Malian jihadist was arrested Saturday and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face war crimes charges for the destruction of Timbuktu and sex slavery, the tribunal said. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Malian jihadist handed over to ICC on war crimes charges »
2018/03/05 – Foreign travel is the first thing that comes to mind when Malian lettuce farmer Moussa Samake thinks about President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Nicknamed “the carrier pigeon” for his frequent trips abroad, Keita, 73, is expected to seek re-election in July after a five-year term marred by growing insecurity in the landlocked West African nation. His failure to halt a steady rise in deadly jihadist attacks has left many Malians disillusioned and the region at risk of further instability.
Continuer à lire … « Mali – Al-Qaeda Militant Raids Erode Malian President’s Popularity »