Mali in Turmoil - Part 1: "Saharan Insecurity"

A Project of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center articles are in-depth, in-country, expert reporting...so take your time or pick and choose...

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In the heart of the Sahara Desert and amidst some of the world’s biggest uranium reserves, local militias and terrorists

threaten to seize control of northern parts of Mali and Niger.

http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/africa/saharan-insecurity-perfect-storm-brewing-desert


In 2012, Northern Mali militias returning home from fighting in wars led by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi,

joined forces with Al Qaeda militias in the nearby Sahara Desert region

and overthrew the central government.

A large portion of the civilian population fled the country to avoid the bloodshed.

A year later, French Military forces intervened and helped re-establish a transition government

more hospitable to peace and freedom in Mali.

This is an ongoing story in history... Here are some news articles and video coverage from those events:


A Primer on Mali:

http://pulitzercenter.org/blog/mali-tuareg-rebellion-coup-terrorism-AQIM-french-military-timbuktu-background-peter-chilson-gwin


1. “Mali Rebels and Al Qaeda Seize Timbuktu” April 1, 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9179392/Mali-rebels-seize-Timbuktu.html

2. “Mali: How Al Qaeda Claimed Timbuktu”: A lengthy yet excellent article: expert and personal

reporting by Peter Gwin, Published December 10, 2012 by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/timbuktu-al-qaeda-mali-libya-tuareg-Qaddafi-mercenaries-obama-arab-spring-economy-tourism-terrorism

3. “French-led forces in Mali take Timbuktu airport, enter city.”

from Andrea de Georgio, for CNN updated 5:54 PM EST, Mon January 28, 2013

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/28/world/africa/mali-unrest/index.html

4. “Mali: The Brazen Bibliophiles of Timbuktu”: Excellent article: expert and personal reporting by Yochi Dreazen, Published April 29, 2013 by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/mali-timbuktu-ansar-dine-manuscript-ahmed-baba-bibliophiles


5. Mali in Turmoil - Part 2: The War on Terror's Next Battleground


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Also check our page "Blog from Bamako", an excellent news and analysis blog by Bruce Whitehouse: an Anthropologist, former Fulbright Scholar, and former Peace Corps worker still living in Bamako, Mali.

http://bridgesfrombamako.com/