On the front with Mali
by The Nommz on April 20, 2015 - 5:19pm
Mali the former French colony once called French Sudan has become one of the many new areas in which U.N troops are currently operating in. since 2012 conflict in Mali became part of the expanding global war on terror, with Mali’s Northern territories coming under the control of radical Islamist groups such as spinoffs of Al-Qaida and Tuareg rebels. These groups took advantage of the governments inability to secure the borders of Mali after a Coup by the military that successfully overthrew Mali’s democratically elected president Amadou Toumani. On January 11th 2013 the Malian military was defeated at the strategic town of Konna, which left the army in tatters prompting president Amadou Sanogo to request military aid from France. France responded sending a total of 5100 troops into the region, to operate alongside the troops of the Malian army in order retake the country’s north.
After the successful intervention of French forces in the region, a U.N task force was assigned to Mali aimed at restoring order and looking into any human rights violations, which may have been committed. The U.N role in Mali has become one of the most violent in resent memory. Aljeezera’s article called “Mali asks the U.N to send more troops” elaborates on the conditions U.N forces face in the region by highlighting the resent amount of casualties. Since the mission’s introduction in July of 2013, 31 peacekeepers have been killed and 66 others wounded by attacks made by extremists. Recently 10 Chadian peacekeepers were killed in bombings, and 9 Nigerian troops were killed in the greatest single attack since the mission began. Such acts have prompted officials to demand more troops and better security for the U.N mission in Mali dubbed “MINUSMA” which the U.N is looking to provide. The problem mainly lies in the fact that since France has downsized its involvement, the Mission lacks the support it needs to be a continued success. The Malian army has not filled in the gaps which the French forces left behind, and as a result the peacekeepers have become easy targets for militants seeking to further establish control in the region. The U.N under pressure by many of the 30 governments involved in the mission in Mali has pledged to secure more aid for the mission, in the form of more troops and supplies. With the future stability of the region at hand it is vital that the members of the mission in Mali send as much aid as possible to ensure the mission be a success, Or risk it become a failure a see another nation within the continent of Africa fall into chaos and instability.