The situation in the villages of Bladje, Siraman, Komitan and Tamala in Mali is dire, with only a small percentage of the population having access to safe drinking water. The health of thousands of people in these villages – especially children – are at risk because of water-borne diseases. With[…]
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, head of a group of five countries in Africa’s Sahel region, has asked the United States to remove a travel ban on Chadian nationals, saying that a failure to do so could affect Chad’s security commitments. Security analysts expressed surprise when Chad, a key U.S.[…]
After years of false hope, former al-Qaeda hostage Stephen McGown said he got tired of believing that he would ever be released. McGown, who spent almost six years in captivity, was jovial during a media briefing on Thursday, often making journalists laugh as he described the conditions he was forced[…]
The South African government has denied paying 3.5-million euros in ransom for the release of Stephen McGown who had been held hostage by Al Qaeda in Mali since November 2011. McGown‚ who was released last Saturday‚ was one of the last three hostages to be released by the militants. Earlier[…]
The family of Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for five-and-a-half years, hopes that government will negotiate his release soon following a new proof-of-life video released by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), an organisation. “I know it’s a combined effort from government and[…]
At least two people have been killed after an attack on a popular tourist resort on the outskirts of Mali’s capital, Bamako, according to officials, but dozens of guests were rescued. Gunmen stormed the luxury Le Campement Kangaba complex near Dougourakoro on Sunday, attacking a resort frequented by top officials[…]
Mali succeeded in restoring interim authorities to its northern cities of Timbuktu and Menaka on Thursday, ending a standoff with armed Tuareg factions that had prevented the transfer of power. The return of state authority to the north is meant to fill a power vacuum that has turned northern Mali[…]
Malian forces arrested a regional leader of Ansar Dine group in central Mali on Tuesday, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers, the army spokesman said. Ansar Dine laid claim to the attack last week by gunmen who fired on troop positions, burned buildings and[…]
The United Nations Security Council agreed on Wednesday to add just over 2,500 peacekeepers to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has been hit by a series of deadly attacks and has become the deadliest place to serve for U.N. peacekeepers. The French-drafted resolution, which was approved unanimously by[…]
Fighting over the last four years has killed hundreds of people in Mali. There are fewer battles involving government troops, separatists and al-Qaeda fighters but the war is far from over. As a result, more than 250,000 children in Mali are living without a father, mother or both parents, according[…]
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