Mali: UN condemns bombing attack as death toll rises

Mali: UN condemns bombing attack as death toll rises

Following a vehicle bombing attack Wednesday that killed at least 77 people and left dozens more injured, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement condemning the incident and called for continued commitment to the peace process. The attack came shortly after 9 a.m. at the camp in Gao, in Mali’s southeastern region,…

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

The dearth of discussion on African nations and issues during the U.S. presidential debates was an absence that did not go unnoticed – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t candidates who understand that Africa’s young populations, growing economies and climate challenges are a diplomatic priority. They aren’t always being heard,…

Niger’s Issoufou calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for African nation

President Mahamadou Issoufou, meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Niamey, said Monday that Niger needs a “Marshall Plan” to promote development. Issoufou said he believed Niger needed a sum of €1 billion just to fight illegal migration alone, reports Deutsche Welle. He added the €1.88 billion euros in the European…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Mali dedicates restored UNESCO mosque at center of ICC case

The restored Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu was unveiled this week in a ceremony attended by about 100 Mali political and religious leaders, the AFP reports. The 15th-century mosque, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, was damaged by jihadists in 2012. UNESCO specialists spent five months this…

How Cigarette Smuggling Funds al-Qaeda in Africa

Algerian-born Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al-Qaeda affiliate al-Murabitoon, is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and one of Africa’s most dangerous men. A former mujahedeen fighter against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, Belmokhtar went on to join the Islamist insurgency in Algeria in the 1990s and later became…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Mali declares state of emergency

After the deadly attacks on Friday, killing 21 people in the Radisson Blu Hotel in the center of the capital, Bamako, Mali, the government has declared a 10-day state of emergency. Seven people were also wounded during the attack. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a three-day mourning period for the…

Mali: path to peace and stability is full of obstructions

Yesterday, the United Nations envoy in Mali told the Security Council that the path to peace and stability in the country is full of obstructions. Mongi Hamdi, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in his statement to the Council said “Violations…

Mali: 19 people dead after canoe capsizes

Reportedly 19 people have died when an overcrowded canoe capsized in Mali, local authorities told AFP on Thursday. This is the second time such an incident occurred in the west African nation in four months. “19 people were killed, four are missing and 70 survived,” Oumar Sanke who work at…

Two Malian soldiers killed by unidentified gunmen

Unidentified gunmen have killed two Malian soldiers when they attacked a checkpoint of the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources told Reuters. Another soldier was wounded in the attack on Tuesday. Army spokesman Colonel Souleymane Maiga informed Reuters that “the attack by armed men took place at 3 a.m. this morning…