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07/18/2020 Mali (International Christian Concern) – Armed militants killed over twelve villagers in central Mali on Thursday, July 9th. For months, several mass protests have demanded the current president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to resign for his failed attempts to root out the terrorists in Mali who have killed hundreds of civilians in the last seven months.

The neighboring town, mayor Ali Dolo, told Reuters, “The attacks are to prevent people from farming.”  On July 15th, Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Bamako to meet with President Keïta, opposition leaders, and the electoral commission to find a strategy to end the continuous violence between protesters and security forces. Since the protests began, eleven people have been victims of security-protester clashes.

President Keïta promised back in June that he would follow what the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recommended. Representatives from ECOWAS are trying to bridge the irrevocable damage done between Keïta and the protest movement demanding his resignation. However, the recent attacks and violence over the last week have deteriorated any hope of reconciliation, and the rampage of destruction has only ignited calls for Keïta’s resignation.

May God protect people living in the Mopti region (Central Mali) which has been attacked by Jihadists.

 

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