US News Mali: the inhabitants of Farabougou still cloistered in their homes for fear of the jihadists

09:40  17 october  2020
09:40  17 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Image satellite du village de Farabougou, dans le centre du Mali. © Google Map Satellite image of the village of Farabougou, in central Mali.

For more than a week, the village of Farabougou, in the region of Ségou, has been cut off from the world, surrounded by armed men who forbid entry. Mediation attempts have been made with local notabilities, but the inhabitants still remain cloistered at home.

“The army has already reached a hamlet, about ten kilometers from our village. They will come. This resident of Farabougou, who communicates with the outside through his phone, wants to be confident, but he still does not dare to leave the village. He fears the presence of "jihadists" - this is how he calls the gunmen who attacked Farabougou more than a week ago and have since prevented its inhabitants from escaping. Villagers reached by phone report at least six people killed and nine kidnapped last week.

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According to the prime minister, the Malian army has however carried out beatings in recent days, and set up aerial surveillance. "It's deserted," says this source, who explains that it is the impassability of the roads, due to the rains, which constitutes the greatest difficulty today in accessing Farabougou. A convoy was prepared to bring food and money to the inhabitants.

Dozo hunters

In the meantime, the notables of the zone - mayors, village chiefs, community and religious leaders - are trying to find a peaceful solution to the situation together. Dozo hunters would indeed be tempted to take up arms, according to a local traditional chief.

Several notables in the area finally explain that fear encourages many families from surrounding villages to take refuge in more distant communities.

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© AP Photo / Baba Ahmed Colonel Assimi Goïta in Bamako. August 24, 2020. Faced with the blockade of the town of Farabougou imposed since the beginning of October by suspected jihadists, the Malian army is reacting firmly. A tweet from the Armed Forces even mentioned the liberation of Farabougou this Thursday evening.

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