MALI – Rumblings, disruptions, and outright mayhem, as revealed in the headlines---
Despite continued French troop deployments, a U.N. peacekeeping mission, and years of peace talks, Mali remains beset by banditry, unrest, lethal Islamist attacks, plus the slow implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement.
▪ UN peacekeeper killed, eight others injured in Mali
04 October 2016
(And 32 MINUSMA peacekeepers had been killed previously in that same year.)
▪ Five Malian soldiers killed by landmine between central Segou and Mopti. 12 January 2017
▪ Mali car bomb in Gao kills 77 and wounds 100 in fresh blow to peace efforts 18 January 2017
▪ Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack
28 January 2017
▪ Mali's state of emergency extended by 10 days
31 January 2017
Mali’s centuries-old method to reach peace through dialogue, tolerance, understanding and forgiveness is still a flawless strategy to resolve conflict. Fighters from outside of Mali’s borders have triggered the internal chaos, but have not yet learned to apply this sage and useful wisdom.