May 15, 2013
NewsRescue- The federal government is sending in an entire brigade of troops from its armed force to join ranks with the few troops who have been defending few local governments in southern Borno against the superior armed insurgent Boko Haram forces.
The president of the federation, Goodluck Jonathan announced the immediate draft of combat troops to support the engagement up north in his state of emergency address to the nation yesterday.
NewsRescue had on May 8th, published an...Read Full Story
PARIS: Tens of thousands of Malian refugees are suffering “deplorable” conditions in Mauritanian desert camps, with just one toilet between 3,000 people, and two infants dying every day, an aid charity said on Friday.
Some 74,000 Malians displaced by war and ethnic tensions were in need of urgent help, with many falling ill after they arrive due to poor sanitary conditions, the Doctors without Borders (MSF) group said in a report.
“When an extension was added to Mbera camp to accommodate the...Read Full Story
After winning adulation across Mali for a five month military offensive that crushed al Qaeda fighters, France is now frustrating some of its allies by pushing for a political settlement with a separate group of Tuareg rebels. A standoff over how to restore Malian government authority to Kidal, the last town in the desert north yet to be brought under central control, is sowing resentment with Paris and could delay planned elections to restore democracy after a coup. Mali’s army has moved...Read Full Story
(Reuters) – Fears of ethnic reprisals by government troops in Mali have driven thousands of Arabs and Tuaregs in the country’s north to abandon their homes and flee to Mauritania, undermining efforts to reunite their war-torn homeland.
A woman walks past a child playing with water in a refugee camp in Sevare
At least 20,000 civilians have trekked westward across the dunes to the crowded Mbera refugee camp since mid-January when government forces reentered northern Mali on the coattails of...Read Full Story
By Tiemoko Diallo
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian troops headed for the remote northeastern town of Kidal on Sunday ahead of a mid-May deadline set by the government to wrest it from the control of Tuareg separatist rebels.
French forces which swept Islamist insurgents from the far north of Mali have allowed the MNLA rebels to run Kidal in recent months but Mali's government wants to reimpose its authority ahead of July presidential and legislative elections.
The votes are intended to seal Mali...Read Full Story