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Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu complicates the Jihadist narrative

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu begins with a scene of a truck of armed jihadists chasing a gazelle. One screams to the other, “Don’t kill it. Tire it out.”  It’s a fitting metaphor for the occupation of northern Mali. For, it represents the gradual, often confounding, regulations and punishments that jihadists enforced in the name ofshari’a. It also represents the physical, economic, and emotional exhaustion that so many Timbuktians experienced under the occupation.

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Speaking to a Tuareg leader, Shindouk Ould Najim: ‘Mali is on the verge of national reconciliation’

‘We are cruelly lacking a system of administration that is efficient, incorruptible, honest and above all patriotic and based on the principle of social justice’, says Shindouk Ould Najim, the exiled leader of the Oulad Najim community. ‘It is entirely up to the Malian authorities to enforce the law and stop acting with impunity’. In an interview released to Les Echos (Mali), Le Calame (Mauritania), L’Enquêteur (Niger), L’Autre Quotidien (Benin), and Afronline, Shindouk shares his hopes on the agreement signed between Mali’s government and Tuareg-led rebels in July, as well as his fears regarding the inability to secure sustainable peace in Mali and the Sahel region.

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Mali: 500 000 kids at Risk of Malnutrition

85% of the nearly 500 000 children at risk of acute malnutrition live in southern Mali, while in the more sparsely populated north the food crisis has been made worse by the deteriorating security situation, which has severely limited people’s access to water, health care and education.

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Urgent Need for Political Reform in Mali as French Depart: Report

With France withdrawing troops after chasing Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from towns in northern Mali, the central government in Bamako should urgently launch a serious process of national reconciliation, particularly with the Tuareg and Arab minorities, according to a new reportby the International Crisis Group (ICG) released Thursday.

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Welcome to Mali

Bamako doesn’t feel like the capital of a country at war. True, people are stressed, and the pace of life might have slowed. The city’s building frenzy has subsided. Ça va pas, but things are calm, even if late in March, far from cool. In the distant North, a fifth French soldier died over the weekend, and my tantie, a venerable hajja, cried for him.

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In Mali, Driving Out Rebels but Not Fear

Diabaly (Mali) – “We know they are close. We do not feel safe,” mutters Allassane Traoré, as he stares down the road on which the Islamists entered the town of Diabaly in central Mali, almost two weeks ago.

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