India The Malian army has entered Farabougou

23:50  22 october  2020
23:50  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'armée malienne n'a précisé si les soldats déposés à Farabougou seront rejoints par d'autres (illustration). © 9. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier The Malian army has not specified whether the soldiers deposited in Farabougou will be joined by others (illustration).

The Malian armed forces entered this Thursday, October 22, in Farabougou, in central Mali, after 17 days of siege by jihadist fighters. If the action pleases the inhabitants of the village, it also compromises the mediation in progress.

“Of course, we are very happy! The voice of this resident of Farabougou is not that of a man who exults, but who expresses his relief in his own way. This Thursday morning, a Malian army plane first dropped, for the third time since the start of the week, food and medicine on the besieged village .

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Soldiers were then dropped off in the village by an Mi-24 helicopter, the Malian army said. These are the first elements of a special forces battalion, she said. A villager explains that the soldiers settled in part of the village and did not have to fire a single shot. The military did not say whether the men would soon be joined by others. No details on the rest of their mission either.

Mediators fear violence

The entry of the FAMa to Farabougou was demanded by many Malians, who worried that the blockade would continue. But not by the local mediators , who have been trying for ten days to obtain a peaceful outcome to the situation. A meeting was still scheduled this Thursday morning between the jihadists and representatives of the village, accompanied by several facilitators, including an imam and a dozo hunter from neighboring villages. “At the last moment the jihadists canceled. They were afraid of the Malian army planes, "said a mediator, who explained that the meeting in question was to mark the lifting of the blockade.

A new meeting is scheduled for Friday, "but with the arrival of soldiers in the village, another mediator said, we do not know what will happen". Mediators now fear that fighting will replace dialogue. They fear above all possible atrocities or acts of revenge against the local Fulani populations. Since the beginning of this crisis, for fear of amalgamation and violence against them, many Fulani families have, according to several local elected officials, taken refuge in the bush.

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