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Leaders meet virtually to resolve Mali crisis, regional instability – Mission Network News

Mali (MNN) — Leaders from five neighboring countries met in Mali with President Keta a few days ago to resolve Malis political crisis. The heads of state failed to find a solution, so discussions continue today via video conferencing.

Whats behind Malis unrest?

Protests began weeks ago following spring elections. Today, demonstrators call for Ketas resignation, saying he has failed to address jihadist violence, corruption, and Malis economic challenges.

The stakes are high. If Malis political unrest continues, it could undermine efforts to keep terrorists at bay in West Africa. This high-level mission is a clear illustration of the importance of Mali [and] the fear from neighboring countries, says Illia Djadi, Senior Analyst of Religious Freedom and Belief in Sub-Sahara Africa with Open Doors.

Militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have expanded from Mali into Niger and Burkina Faso. Their reach is ever-growing, and Christians are in the cross-hairs.

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Mali is #29 on Open Doors’ World Watch List.
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Northern Mali [and] central Mali have become a haven for terrorist groups, Djadi continues.

Their aim is to eradicate Christianity in that region. As believers, we need to pay attention. What is happening in Mali will have repercussions for the whole region.

Mali: a ticking time bomb

Following two decades of peaceful democratic rule, a Tuareg ethnic rebellion in 2012 threw northern Mali into chaos. Then, they [were] overrun by a jihadist group. At that point, all the Christian churches were destroyed, and Christians [had] to flee to neighboring countries, Djadi says.

The UN called global attention to West Africa several months ago. Refugees from neighboring Nigeria and Mali fled to Burkina Faso, and extremists quickly followed. In June, fighting forced nearly one million people to escape a 92-percent increase over 2019 figures.

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Its a big security threat for the whole region, which has clear repercussions for the security of Europe and the rest of the world, Djadi notes.

Its not only about the Sahel; its not only about Sub Saharan Africa. We should all be concerned about what is happening.

More about Christians in Mali here.

 

 

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