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Malian army cracks down on militia as presidential election looms

Malian army cracks down on militia as presidential election looms

The Malian army is cracking down on a militia in the country’s troubled centre in a bid to quell communal violence ahead of a July 29 presidential election, sources said. The Dana Amassagou, a militia which groups traditional Dogon hunters, has said it will stop the vote from being held in parts of central Mali, […]

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red […]

UN Central Mali G5 Military Base Bomb and Grenade Attack Leaves Six Dead

UN Central Mali G5 Military Base Bomb and Grenade Attack Leaves Six Dead

A daylight attack by militants in Mali on a UN compound has killed at least six people. A car bomb and rocket propelled grenades were met with return fire from G5 troops. At least six soldiers were killed and many more wounded when a car packed with explosives was blown up at the new, five-nation […]

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers under a sharp rise in the number of Islamist militant attacks. In its report Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business, Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period April 2017 to April 2018. […]

The Niger-Mali Border – Subordinating Military Action to a Political Strategy

The Niger-Mali Border – Subordinating Military Action to a Political Strategy

The Nigerien government and its allies’ use of military force and non-state armed proxies to curtail jihadist groups along the Niger-Mali border is stoking intercommunal conflict. Niger should instead adopt a political approach which includes reconciliation, dialogue and, in some cases, pardons for militants. Executive Summary What’s new? A new insurgency is developing along the […]

Mali Presidential Elections Critical to Consolidate Democracy, Says UN Peacekeeping Chief

Mali Presidential Elections Critical to Consolidate Democracy, Says UN Peacekeeping Chief

Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that […]

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The international coalition of journalists which pioneered reporting on the “Panama Papers” has teamed up with West Africa’s Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (Cenozo)* to expose the tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption which siphon money out of the region, hindering development. In what the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls West Africa’s […]

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Honorary consuls occupy a little-known niche in the global elite. Many work to rigorous standards, but for others their avowed love for their adopted country is not always reflected in their tax filings. On an overcast afternoon in September 2009, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi raised a pair of golden scissors above a ribbon at […]

Paris ‘Spiderman’ lands fire brigade job after citizenship fast-tracked

Paris ‘Spiderman’ lands fire brigade job after citizenship fast-tracked

Video footage of Mamoudou Gassama scaling four floors of a the building with his bare hands has catapulted the young refugee to global fame and earned him the promise of citizenship from President Emmanuel Macron. Wearing white tracksuit pants and a black cap, the hero of a rescue video viewed by millions of people appeared […]

The Guaranteed Path to French Citizenship for African Immigrants Are Acts of Heroism

The Guaranteed Path to French Citizenship for African Immigrants Are Acts of Heroism

The heroic act of scaling a building to rescue a small boy has “earned” Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian undocumented migrant in France, his French citizenship. Gassama is an illustration of the extraordinary measures Africans need to take to attain official papers in Europe Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant who has now been christened the “Malian […]

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