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21-30 January 2016

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Mali
Posted on February 1, 2016


Compiled by Tinah Dembele

  1. Explosion and attack kill four soldiers on January 28, 2016       
  2. UN representative: peace process is making progress
  3. Refugees returning to Tombouctou 


1. Explosion and attack kill four soldiers on January 28, 2016                 
International news 

"4 soldiers killed in Mali’s north in explosion, attack" Washington Post Jan 28th, 2016

  • In the region west of Gao, an explosive device caused the death of 3 Malian soldiers and wounded three others on January 28th , 2016
  • Known for being a stronghold of jihadist.
  • The fourth soldier was ambushed in an attack in Timbuctu
  • Although measures have been put in place to bring peace to the region, including the newly signed peace accord between the Malian government and Tuareg rebels, the country still faces many security challenges


2. United Nations representative: peace is making progress
International media 

“Mali: le processus de paix avance, selon les Nations unies”  RFI  Jan 29th, 2016

  • The new United Nations representative to Mali , Mahamat Saleh Annadif declared that peace is making progress in Mali, despite recent attacks
  • Annadif also believes that, per the peace accord, some rebels will be joining the government’s army
  • Annadif assured that security is the top priority
3. Refugees returning to Tombouctou 
State owned 

“Crise malienne : Une famille réfugiée rentre à Tombouctou au pays, suite à l’amélioration de la sécurité” Maliweb January 29th, 2016

  • Jafar, a 24 year old Malian and Tuareg, fled from his home in Tombouctou due to escalating violence, and now has return thanks to the peace accord
  • Nearly 140,000 Malians fled to neighboring Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania are now slowly returning
  • The United Nations and the Malian government are working together to establish peace, provide basic necessities such clean water and shelter. They also try to provide employment opportunities to returning refugees


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