Mali

The MNLA and their accomplices (jihadists and drug traffickers) now control several localities in the North, Kidal and Menaka. In this locality (Menaka), they have even taken control of the rural radio station called "The Voice of Azawad".

Le MNLA et ses complices (djihadistes et narco trafiquants) contrôlent actuellement plusieurs localités du nord, dont Kidal et Ménaka. Dans cette localité (Ménaka), ils ont même pris le contrôle de la radio rurale baptisée «La voix de l’Azawad ».

Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there.

Le Réseau Femmes sous lois musulmanes (WLUML) exprime sa profonde inquiétude face à l’escalade de la violence au Nord Mali. Les associations féminines, les ONG, diverses organisations des droits humains nationales et internationales et du système des Nations-Unies, ainsi que les media nationaux et étrangers n’ont cessé d’en relayer les nouvelles. Elles ont rendu compte des exactions terribles que subissent les populations locales, depuis le début du conflit armé qui a vu la sécession gagner le Mali.

More displaced women and girls - some as young as 13 - are turning to sex work to get by in Mali where 14 months of occupation and conflict have forced 475,000 people from their homes in the north, according to NGOs.

When armed Islamist fighters arrived in the northeastern Malian village of Haribomo near Timbuktu, one of the first things they did was sip sweet tea with the local imam. They then told him how they expected the village women to behave.

“The Islamists met with the imam and they said, ‘Let us tell you our rules’,” said Adane Djiffiey Djallo, a coordinator at Aide et Developpement au Mali, a Timbuktu-based non-governmental organisation. “They said women would no longer be allowed to go to work, to the market or wash in the river.”But the imam turned to the Islamists and said: “‘Let me tell you my rules’”.

La guerre au Mali ne se limite pas à mettre fin au terrorisme ; c’est une lutte pour défendre une société tolérante et laïque.

Avant même que ne commence l’intervention française au Mali, 412 000 personnes avaient déjà quitté leurs maisons au nord du pays, fuyant la torture, les exécutions sommaires, le recrutement d’ enfants-soldats et la violence sexuelle envers les femmes aux mains des intégristes. A la fin de l’année dernière, en Algérie et dans le sud du Mali, j’ai interviewé des dizaines de maliens du nord, y compris nombre de ceux qui avaient fui récemment. Leurs témoignages confirment les horreurs que les radicaux islamistes, autoproclamés guerriers de dieu, ont fait subir à leurs communautés.

BEFORE the recent French intervention in Mali began, 412,000 people had already left their homes in the country’s north, fleeing torture, summary executions, recruitment of child soldiers and sexual violence against women at the hands of fundamentalist militants. Late last year, in Algeria and southern Mali, I interviewed dozens of Malians from the north, including many who had recently fled. Their testimonies confirmed the horrors that radical Islamists, self-proclaimed warriors of God, have inflicted on their communities.

“This occupation is the cruelest one that the Malian people have had to undergo, nowadays women are deprived of all liberties and even the choice of a husband is dictated to them by the occupying forces,” says a displaced woman* living in Bamako and originally from Timbuktu – a city occupied by armed groups today. “Even worse, the woman is married to several men against her will. Nowadays our children can no longer go to school,” she added.

Dans le nord du Mali, contrôlé par des groupes islamistes, des femmes sont à vendre pour moins de 1000 dollars. C'est l'un des témoignages rapportés par le Sous-Secrétaire général de l'ONU aux droits de l'homme, rentrant d'une visite de 4 jours dans le pays.

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