Africa News Roundup: Malian Refugees, Seleka, Ethiopian Pastoralists, and More

Rest in Peace Chinua Achebe.


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.

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 a French ground and air campaign that swept Islamist rebels from the region.

The refugees joined 54,000 others who already fled to Mauritania when the rebels seized northern Mali in April 2012 and went on to impose a violent form of sharia law involving amputations and public whippings.


In northern Mali – where cholera is endemic – maintaining the drinking-water supply to the cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu is a major public-health issue. The lives of 115,000 people are at stake. This is no mean feat in an area that has been gripped by heavy fighting since the beginning of 2012.

IRIN: “Keeping Pastoralist Children in School in Ethiopia.”

RFI (French): “Centrafrique: inquiétude à Bangui à l’approche des rebelles de la Seleka.”

UN News Centre: “Central African Republic: Ban, Security Council Urge Parties to Immediately Halt Fighting.”

VOA: “Will There Be Enough Water for Everyone?”

1 thought on “Africa News Roundup: Malian Refugees, Seleka, Ethiopian Pastoralists, and More

  1. You left out another very important event – the suicide bombing on the bus park at Sabon Gari in Kano. I watched news reports & I counted at least 5 burnt out buses.

    I know what the scene at bus parks looks like, there are hordes of hawkers & touts swarming around the buses together with passengers inside the buses. The death count could be as high as over one hundred.

    Most of the victims of the bomb blast are likely to ethnic Igbos, a Christian ethnic group in Nigeria’s South East.

    There was tension in the Southern Eastern city, Onitsha & the GOC 82 division preemptively held a stakeholder’s meeting to calm tensions. I am told that Hausas resident is some towns in the South East have already fled in fear.

    Many analysts tend to neglect this very important question: what impact does Boko Haram have on the internal cohesion of Nigeria?

    If suicide bombings continue at this rate, it is not a question of if, but when the entire nation implodes due to sectarian violence.

    NB: There were Boko Haram attacks on other parts of Nigeria.

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