News: Violence forces exodus in Mali

Rebellion in Mali

Violence linked to the continuing rebellion of the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA)- a predominantly Tuareg group seeking self-determination for North Mali- has sparked a refugee crisis in the region. Over 15,000 people, including Malian military personnel, are thought to have fled to neighbouring Niger and Mauritania. Sporadic attacks on towns in the north, possibly prompted by the return of Tuareg soldiers from Libya, have caused many Tuareg and other northerners living in the south including Fulani and Songhai to leave the country amid fears over a backlash against those perceived to be associated with northern rebels.

http://af.reuters.com/article/maliNews/idAFL5E8D407420120205

http://allafrica.com/stories/201202031123.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/05/thousands-flee-mali-tuareg-rebellion

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