UN experts accuse senior Malian government officials of obstructing the peace process

A group of United Nations experts on Mali has warned various officials and former government officials of the African country, including the former chief of staff, former members of the military leadership or the current director of state security, of obstructing the peace process that began in 2015 between the authorities and armed groups.

According to a final report released this Friday to which Radio France International had access, the experts point out that thanks to these obstacles, massacres took place in the country that the Malian armed forces could have prevented.

Among them is the one that took place in Ogossagou on February 14th. On that day, a Dogon ethnic militia attacked a village of Fulani herders in an attack of extraordinary cruelty: a total of 35 civilians died – mutilated and beheaded – and 19 are still missing.

UN experts accuse senior Malian government officials of obstructing the peace process
UN experts accuse senior Malian government officials of obstructing the peace process

The Fulani – also known as the Peul – a nomadic group dedicated to tending and living in large parts of the Sahel, are viewed with suspicion by other groups such as the Dogon, dedicated to agriculture and farming, who have historically competed for resources .

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