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Thirty-Five Years of Village Life in Mali

[African Arguments] In one neat volume Camilla Toulmin has documented the deepest historic change that humanity makes; the change from hand-to-mouth diurnal farming to modern agriculture. The book's story is told through 35 years of one Sahelian village in the north of Mali, Dlonguebougou - DBG as it is called. (AllAfrica)

As Country Fights Coronavirus, Cotton Farmers Fear Loss of Climate Aid

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bamako -As cotton price tumbles during pandemic, farmers worry the state support they rely on to grow food in a warming climate will dry up (AllAfrica)

Germany's Maas Calls for Renewed International Effort to Stabilize Mali

[DW] Germany has pledged to expand its commitment to UN peacekeeping missions in the Sahel area of Africa, which has been ravaged by violence. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on other countries to join in the effort. (AllAfrica)

Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini - United Nations Security Council Meeting On Situation in Mali and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali

[Govt of SA] Statement by Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, during the United Nations Security Council Meeting on the situation in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (AllAfrica)

IOM Niger - Assisted Voluntary Return for Stranded Malians - Over 1,400 Remain in Transit Centers

[Africa Renewal] The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday (4/06) assisted 179 Malian nationals stranded in Niger with their voluntary return home. The migrants had been waiting at IOM's transit centres in Niamey and Agadez for almost three months due to COVID-19-related border closures. (AllAfrica)

Amnesty Accuses Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso Forces of Human Rights Abuses

[DW] Security forces in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have been accused of unlawfully killing or causing the disappearance of around 200 people. Amnesty said this could constitute war crimes. (AllAfrica)

Does the Sahel Really Need More AU Troops?

[ISS] Last year saw a significant resurgence of extremist violence in the Sahel, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where the United Nations (UN) recorded over 4 000 deaths. With the onset of COVID-19, terrorist attacks have not abated in the region. (AllAfrica)

Migrants Stranded by COVID-19 Border Closures Now Home

[VOA] Dozens of Malian migrants stranded for nearly three months in Niger by COVID-19-related border closures have returned home.  Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration was finally able to repatriate 179 migrants who had been waiting at IOM transit centers in Niamey and Agadez. (AllAfrica)

U.S., France Confirm Death of Key Al-Qaeda Leader

[VOA] The United States says there is no doubt that the long-time leader of a key al-Qaida terror group affiliate in North Africa is dead. (AllAfrica)

Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in French Raid in Mali

[RFI] Abdelmalek Droukdel, a prominent Al-Qaeda leader, was killed this week in a French special forces raid in northern Mali, France's minister for the armed forces, Florence Parly, said (AllAfrica)

France Says It Killed Al-Qaeda North Africa Chief With US Help

[VOA] French military forces killed al-Qaida's North Africa chief, Abdelmalek Droukdel, during an operation in Mali, officials said Friday. (AllAfrica)

What About Africa's Small, Medium Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

[allAfrica] Cape Town -COVID-19's impact on big business across the continent is well documented, however, the pandemic's effect on small to medium business enterprises cannot be overlooked. Speaking during an online media briefing, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, said that 70% of Africa's working population earns their livelihoods in the informal sector. As economic growth slows, Moeti said the UN Economic Commission for Africa projected that up to 27 million people could b (AllAfrica)

Govt Risks Inflaming Local Conflict With Military Strategy Against Islamists - Report

[allAfrica] The government of Niger risks inflaming local conflicts in a region bordering Mali by pursuing a primarily military strategy to counter attacks by Islamist militants, says a new report issued Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Young people use radio to raise COVID-19 awareness in Mali

[Plan International] "Despite the prevention measures enacted by the government, people are struggling to respect them, which represents a great risk for the spread of the pandemic. This is mainly due to the lack of belief in the disease by people," says Abdoulaye Sidi Dicko, a 26-year-old doctor and member of a youth movement supported by Plan International in Mali. (AllAfrica)

"We are all responsible for our community"

[Plan International] "I'm very exposed, I own a sewing shop. I serve everyone here, that's why I don't ignore the preventative measures. I don't want to be contaminated and I don't want to contaminate my family," says Kadiatou from Dioïla region in Mali. (AllAfrica)

Germany Extends Troop Deployment in Mali

[DW] Germany's troop deployment to Mali has been extended until 2021 under a mandate approved by the Bundestag. The Berlin government says the fight against jihadists in the Sahel is "very acute." (AllAfrica)

Thousands of Malian Refugees Flee Burkina Faso Camps After Attacks

[The New Humanitarian] Ouagadougou -'Refugees are now facing a dead end, stuck between violent extremism and a pandemic.' (AllAfrica)

Simphiwe Dana's Bamako Is a Triumph

[The Conversation Africa] Bamako, the fifth album from Simphiwe Dana, marks 16 years of her recording career. To the dismay of her fans, a few days prior to the album's long-awaited release, the South African singer-songwriter announced that this would be her last. (AllAfrica)

The G 5 Sahel - Survival in Time of COVID-19.

[Centre 4s] Nouakchott -The Sahel is caught in the grip of three major phenomena that threaten its bases: ambient insecurity with the corollary of the great humanitarian challenge to which the coronavirus has recently been grafted. The G5 Sahel countries have declared the coronavirus pandemic now the public enemy number 1. This group included, as of May 21, 2020, 3,366 patients declared positive with Covid 19, of which 2,125 who were cured and 224 deceased. Managing this triple battle requires pragmatism and imagination on the pa (AllAfrica)

Violence Continues Despite Negotiation Efforts

[VOA] Attacks carried out by Islamist militants against military personnel in central Mali could hamper government efforts to start a dialogue process with jihadist groups in the country, experts say. (AllAfrica)

Work in Progress for Africa's Remaining Conflict Hotspots

[Africa Renewal] Insecurity persists in the DR Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Mali and Libya (AllAfrica)

Wafu Women's Tourney - Liberia Defeat G. Bissau 4-0, Take On Mali Today

[Observer] At a familiar match venue, the Wusum Field in Makeni, Sierra Leone, where they recently engaged Sierra Leone in an international friendly, Liberia saw themselves securing a thrilling 4-0 win against Guinea Bissau in their opening match of the 2020 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone A women's football championship. (AllAfrica)

Mali Seeks to Negotiate with Jihadists in Efforts to End Violence

[VOA] With violence wreaking havoc across the country, authorities in Mali are now looking for new avenues to reach a settlement with Islamist insurgents operating in the northern part of the West African country. (AllAfrica)

Real & Urgent Issues Head Agenda for Sahel G5 Summit in Nouakcott

[Centre 4s] The G 5 Sahel and France Summit should be held in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on February 24. It should go to the actual issues and deal with the most urgent, in order to give hope to the Sahel populations. And probably also to their allies. (AllAfrica)

"Engaging the international community on the issues of demography, peace and security in the Sahel region"

[UNFPA in WCA] Bamako, February 20, 2020, On Thursday, February 20, the Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) for West and Central Africa (WCARO) is organizing a session on "Demography, Peace and Security" as part of the 20th edition of the Bamako Forum "Africa on the horizon 2040: between memories and futures" which is held from February 20 to 22, 2020 in Bamako, Mali under the High Patronage of the President of  the Republic of Mali, His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. (AllAfrica)

France to increase the number of troops deployed in the Sahel/Sahara strip

[France Diplomatie] PAris -Communiqué by Ms. Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces (Paris - February 2, 2020) (AllAfrica)

Footballer Storms Out of the Pitch After Being Subjected to Racists Chants

[Nairobi News] Malian forward Moussa Marega has received support from major stakeholders and the online community after he walked off the pitch to protest racism during a league match in Portugal. (AllAfrica)

Appeals Chamber to Rule On Admissibility of Al Hassan Case At the ICC

[International Justice Monitor] Judgment in the appeal against the admissibility at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of the case against former Malian militant, Al Hassan Ag Abdoal Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, will be delivered on Wednesday, February 19. His trial is scheduled to commence on July 14, 2020. (AllAfrica)

State Minister Addresses Cultural Cooperation With Mali

[ANGOP] Luanda -The minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, reaffirmed last Sunday, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, the prospects for cooperation between Angola and Mali in the field of culture and the arts. (AllAfrica)

Militias, Armed Islamists Ravage Central Mali

[HRW] Bamako -Armed groups in Mali have escalated their attacks on civilians, massacring people in their villages, and executing men pulled from public transportation vehicles based on their ethnicity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many villagers were burned alive, while others were blown up by explosive devices. Malian authorities should urgently step up investigations and prosecutions of those responsible. (AllAfrica)

Eight Priorities for the African Union in 2020

[ICG] Addis Ababa/Nairobi/Brussels -What's new? African leaders meet in Addis Ababa this week for the annual African Union (AU) summit. This year's theme is "Silencing the Guns", reflecting the continental body's earlier aspirations to end conflicts and prevent genocide in Africa. (AllAfrica)