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UN Peacekeepers To Mali

UNITED NATIONS / NEW YORK – The UN Security Council has unanimously approved sending a 13 000-man-strong peacekeeping force to Mali, with the planned deployment date set to July 1st. The purpose of the peacekeepers is to help maintain security in the country that has a weakened national army which in 2012 lost control of large parts of the country to Islamist militants. The rebel groups took over many cities and imposed a strict Sharia Law, which threatened to destroy the rich cultural heritage and civic rights in Mali.
In January 2013, French troops were deployed to push back the hard-line Islamic militants that are thought to be related to Al-Qaida. The rebels had taken over the whole of Northern Mali by April 2012, but the Malian army with the help of its international partners has now reoccupied most of the land. However, the rebels still hold some northern towns, and it has been feared that the conflict might turn into prolonged guerrilla warfare that could spill over to neighboring countries.

The UN Security Council will still have a final vote about the deployment of the troops in 60 days, when the security situation will be re-assessed. Nevertheless, the peacekeeping force is expected to be in place to secure the national elections due to take place on July 31st. The elections seek to restore the democracy that has been in place in Mali since 1992.

We invite you to watch the following trailers on the topic of Mali:

  • AL QAEDA'S NEW HOMELAND - MALI - Al Qaeda has a new refuge... the deserts of Northern Mali. This report captures the food crisis and an exodus of half a million people, caused by the enactment of harsh Islamic laws in the North of the country.
  • THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR is a feature-length documentary that captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. After 12 years of success and unforgettable musical moments, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt in 2012 when Tuareg rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali.
  • GROUND ZERO: MALI was shot in Gao, Mali, on February 21, 2013. It's basically the first legitimate combat footage to come out of the war there. Normally the French ban journalists from the frontlines and film a sanitized version of the fighting themselves and then distribute it to the media.


"Al-Qaeda's New Homeland – Mali"

"The Last Song Before the War" by Kiley Kraskouskas
"Ground Zero – Mali" by Vice