Aired on May 30, 2012 — DW’s World in Progress
Aid groups estimate as many as 18 million people face conditions of food insecurity in West and Central Africa, including one million children at risk of severe malnutrition. A prolonged drought across the Sahel region has caused poor harvests and rising food prices from Senegal to Chad.
But in one country in between, sparse rainfalls have exacerbated a man-made crisis.
In Mali, Tuareg fighters rekindled in January a long-simmering rebellion in the northern part of the country. The violence prompted the displacement of over 300,000 people. Some of the 60,000 refugees who linger in camps in Burkina Faso explain how large-scale displacement has aggravated the developing food crisis.
Aired on May 25, 2012 — PRI’s The World
The conflict in North Mali between Tuareg rebels and government forces has displaced over 300,000 people since January according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Violence largely subsided after Tuareg fighters drove Mali’s authorities out of the northern part of the country and declared its independence on April 6th. Yet Tuareg refugees haven’t returned home, and others keep flocking to neighboring countries.
That’s because they see another danger looming: the growing influence of Islamist groups in North Mali.
Aired on May 2, 2012 — PRI’s The World
The West African country of Mali is going through turmoil. A military coup toppled the government in March, and a rebel movement has divided the country.
Much of that unrest began when tens of thousands of Malians flooded home from Libya last year. Today, we focus on a small, distinct group of returnees –one’s that fought for the Libyan regime.
Aired on May 1, 2012 — PRI’s The World
The past 4 months have seen the West African country of Mali descend into chaos. A military coup toppled the government in March, and a rebel movement has divided the country.
Addressing the turmoil in the region, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tied the crisis in Mali to the conflict in Libya last year. “Many thousands returned home to the Sahel,” he said. “Some were migrant workers, but others are armed fighters.”
In Bamako, we talked with both groups of returnees –the migrant workers, and the Tuareg fighters– and explored how the conflict in Libya brought misery to Mali.
Aired on April 20, 2012 — PRI’s The World
Mali’s new Prime Minister is a US citizen who’s served as an “interplanetary navigator” at NASA. Cheick Modibo Diarra is expected to form a government within the next few days, put an end to the political turmoil in the capital, and find a solution to the crisis in North Mali.