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US News Mali: mediation is progressing in Farabougou, the involvement of the authorities called for

18:20  21 october  2020
18:20  21 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Fifteenth day of siege in Farabougou: this Malian locality in the region of Ségou is still surrounded by jihadist fighters who prohibit access. For the second time, Tuesday, October 20, the Malian army airlifted food into the village. Mediation is underway, led by notables from the area, but more and more voices are being raised in the country to demand greater involvement of the authorities.

"We are now trying to organize a direct meeting," said a member of the mediation team working to obtain the lifting of the siege of Farabougou. In recent days, two emissaries have met the jihadist attackers who attacked the village two weeks ago and have since subjected it to a blockade.

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These armed men, who claim to be jihadists and allegedly killed six villagers before kidnapping nine others, accuse residents of Farabougou of being themselves involved in the murder of several members of the Fulani community. The latest: a young shepherd found dead in his field earlier this month.

Optimists…

The two emissaries sent by mediation apologized to the families of the Fulani victims who, after a period of reflection, accepted them. "The positions have been brought closer, and contacts facilitated via intermediaries, it is now a question of representatives of Farabougou meeting directly, face to face, the jihadists", explains a source within the mediation team.

"It's too slow and that does not satisfy us, but we are optimistic", adds this source which points out that, because of the ongoing mediation and the intense commitment of the people involved, the blockade continues but the violence has stopped.

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

 Mali: the inhabitants of Farabougou still cloistered in their homes for fear of the jihadists © 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.

In the meantime, by press release or on social networks, whether they are ordinary citizens or political figures - we can cite the former Prime Minister Moussa Mara, or the former ministers Mountaga Tall and Cheick Oumar Sissoko - they many are worried about the situation in Farabougou. Some are even vehemently calling for more involvement from the new state authorities.

The army present in zone

Since the siege of this locality began, no government communication has been made on the subject, and it is to local notables - mayors, traditional leaders, community or religious leaders - that mediation efforts are entrusted.

A member of this "cell" also expressed his satisfaction with the room for maneuver left to them, and underlined the support of the governorate or the prefecture. But he also regrets that no minister has come to inquire about the situation on the ground, which, according to him, "would comfort the populations. "

The Malian army airdropped food on Farabougou for the second time on Tuesday, and Malian soldiers are visible in the area. "Their presence reassures", judges a mayor involved in the mediation team, several members of which continue to hammer out their opposition to any military offensive, for fear of setting the area ablaze, and say they are confident about the outcome of the mediation in Classes.

Mali: in Farabougou, the situation remains difficult but negotiations are progressing .
© Google Map Satellite image of the village of Farabougou, in central Mali. It has been a week since the Malian Special Forces entered the village of Farabougou, in the center of the country, in the Ségou region. But those who present themselves as jihadists, who have surrounded Farabougou for more than two weeks, are still present in the area. On the ground, the situation remains calm, but the problems have not been resolved.

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