Turmoil continues to grip Mali, weeks after French forces liberated the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Friday, the first suicide bombing of the conflict took place in Gao, while government troops in the capital city Bamako started fighting amongst themselves. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times in Bamako.
A French-led convoy carrying food and military supplies arrived in the northern Malian town of Gao. Reporter Laura Lynch was with them. She's covering the story for The World and the CBC.
As the militants melt away from cities and towns in northern Mali, there have been scenes of jubilation. People who have experienced life under the rule of Islamist fighters say it has been a harsh, violent existence. As Laura Lynch reports from Bamako, the southern capital now serving as a refuge for many who fled the north.
France send more troops to Mali, and other nations in the region pledged to send their own soldiers to help fight the Islamist rebels that threaten the Malian government. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with freelance journalist Peter Tinti in Bamako.
A recent survey showed a majority of people in France are backing President Francois Hollande's decision to intervene in Mali. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World's Gerry Hadden in Paris about how the conflict is playing there.
Boubacar Sadek is believed to be the last remaining master calligrapher in Mali. He fled Timbuktu with rare documents. He now makes a living in the capital Bamako, copying old manuscripts for posterity, as well as selling hand-made replicas to tourists. Laura Lynch reports for the CBC and The World.
Mali's annual Festival in the Desert began in 2001 as a way to showcase Malian music -- but also drew global stars like Robert Plant and Bono. This year, though, because of the war, the festival was cancelled. Still, the Festival in the Desert and its Malian Touareg leader Manny Ansar were honored today with the Freemuse Award for their work on “freedom of musical expression.”
Initial reports from Timbuktu suggested that tens of thousands of priceless documents were destroyed when Islamist rebels burned down the city's Ahmed Baba Institute as they fled. However, it now appears that locals saved at least some of the documents. Time Magazine's Vivienne Walt tells us more.
Human rights groups say what appears to be a successful campaign in northern Mali has come at great cost to the country. Laura Lynch reports from Bamako.
French and Malian forces reportedly entered the historic city of Timbuktu on January 28, and Islamist militants who had been in control of the city may have fled. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with freelance reporter Peter Tinti in central Mali.
Washington is keeping the conflict in the West African nation of Mali at arm's length. American officials say they are providing intelligence to France and are considering deploying American aircraft to land in Mali for airlift or logistical support. But there are no plans to send American troops.
The al-Qaeda militants who took over northern Mali imposed their harsh brand of Sharia law, even though senior leaders urged them not to. The common wisdom is that the militants' behavior alienated most Malians. But that's not the whole story, as the CBC's Laura Lynch reports.
Fighting is flaring around the northern Mali city of Gao, despite reports that rebels had ceded the territory to the incoming French troops. CBC reporter Laura Lynch just returned from Gao. She tells host Marco Werman that local residents want to French to stay put.
The euphoria greeting French troops who entered Mali this month after Islamist militants threatened to invade the south of the country has given way to a wariness among some who wonder what will follow.
On the fourth day of French air strikes against Islamist militants in the West African nation of Mali. The intervention was welcomed by many Malians hoping for an end to Islamist control of Mali's north. Ousmane Diadie Toure is a filmmaker in Mali's capital, Bamako. He's a member of Defenders of the Republic, an activist movement led by artists and professionals. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks to him about reaction in Bamako to the French bombardment of Islamist bases.
France's military intervention in Mali represents a shift in the country's foreign policy. Anchor Jeb Sharp hears more about that from Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Our recent road trip to the city of Gao, center of much of the jihadist troops, revealed suggestions that the area still isn’t secure from the threat of more attacks.
The recent violence in Mali contrasts sharply with the sweet music produced there. The World's Marco Werman traveled to Mali in 2002, to report on the country's musicians, like legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Here are two of my audio diaries from that trip. There's also a story about singer Khaira Arby, who sang for me in Timbuktu. It's eerie to hear, knowing how music would be banned there years later.
Sunni Muslim extremists recently seized control of Timbuktu and the rest of northern Mali earlier this year. Now they're destroying the religious relics, calling them idolatrous.
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