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In the wake of worsening insecurity in rebel occupied northern Mali, a cholera outbreak in an area some 20 kilometers from the city of Gao, while the UN Security Council has refused to support an ECOWAS intervention force.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has drawn international attention to the seriousness of the situation in northern Mali and the plight of civilians, as 40 casualties are being treated in hospital from this week’s violence in the city of Gao.
The ongoing crisis in Mali amid Islamist rebels’ occupation of the north of the country is having a serious toll on tourism and other economic activities, with hotels empty as many are losing their jobs.
Britain is in favor of a diplomatic approach in solving the Malian crisis, where rebel groups have partitioned the country with their occupation of the north, Stephen O’Brien, the country’s Development Minister has said.
--Senegal, Nigeria & Niger commit troops
A sub-regional force code named, the ECOWAS Mission in Mali (MICAM) will shortly be deployed in the West African nation, "to stabilize and to strengthen" the institutions of transitional government in Bamako, and also support the Malian army."
Some time ago, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR together with the WFP made a donors appeal for support to address the huge humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the worsening security situation in Mali.
Mali’s military junta of Captain Amadou Sanogo has been dissolved, an announcement by the interim authorities said in Bamako over the weekend.
Transnational violent networks have drastically increased in Africa over the years, with the fruits now being clearly seen in the likes of Ansar Dine in northern Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that a locust invasion, previously controlled by the late Gaddafi government and Algeria, is threatening croplands in Niger and Mali.
It seems that Mali’s interim government in Bamako has had enough ot the MNLA and Islamist rebels’ occupation of the north.
Prime Minister Sheik Modibo Diarra, who is a career space scientist, has put the citizens on the war path and made a rallying call on the Malian armed forces to end the portioning of the country.