Index

Index
The153 Club
The Agades Cross
People of the Sahara
Saharan Landscapes
Saharan Salt Trade
The Gundi
Illizi Festival 2000
Sahara Freeze-up
Camel Cheese
153 News Update
Join the 153 Club

Père de Foucauld
L'Arbre du Ténéré 1
L'Arbre du Ténéré 2
Saharan Forts 1
Saharan Forts 2
Saharan Rock Art
Giraffe Engravings
Leo Africanus
Battuta's Saharan travels
Shabeni's Timbuktu
Timbuctoo the Mysterious
Heroditus & Pliny on Libya
Timbuktu, a poem

Joliba Trust
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 1
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 2
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 3
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 4
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 5
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 6

Old Michelin Maps
Early NW Africa Map 1
Early NW Africa Map 2
Early NW Africa Map 3
Early NW Africa Map 4
Early NW Africa Map 5
Saharan Exploration

Henry Barth 1
Henry Barth 2
Henry Barth 3
Denham & Clapperton 1
Denham & Clapperton 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 1
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 3
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 4

External Links

Jim Mann Taylor's Home Page
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South Sahara News Update, March, 2019

This update has been compiled by Christer Wilkinson from a variety of sources.


Hostages
Alas, no news on any of the western hostages held by Islamic groups somewhere in Mali or north western Niger.

Mali
Unfortunately, the conflict in the north of Mali continues unabated: for full coverage of the conflict status in Mali, and specifically the attacks and incidents in the far north see the Crisis Group’s March report for Mali.

But aside from these continual attacks, and fatal incidents in the north of Mali, there was another and even more tragic event in central Mali.

This was an attack, reportedly by a Dogon rebel group on a Fulani village, Ossagou near Mopti, which killed some 130 civilians and injured some 55 others.

Initially it was though that this was an attack by an Islamic rebel group, but follow-up reports refuted this. Shortly after the attack, reports ascribed it to a Dogon group, the Dana Amassagou.

A few days later the Dana Amassagou militia was dissolved by government decree.

In Bamako, the capital of Mali, and many other towns, thousands of teachers were reported to have protested against their remuneration, claiming that they needed amongst other things a housing allowance. Their protest started in October last year.

The IOM report for migration in and out of Mali shows little change from previous months.

Tchad
In Paris twenty one Tchad nationals were arrested after they stormed the Tchad embassy demanding passport and visas which they claim had been withheld. Some report indicated other political motives

In Tchad itself, after a successful attack by Boko Haram rebels near Lake Tchad which killed some 23 soldiers the chief of military staff for Tchad was dismissed by the President.

Tin Amdress, the birthplace of President Deby was in the news twice this month. Firstly it was cited as a site where a number of deserters from the UFDD surrendered (giving some indication of their location before the attack on the capital earlier this year), and seconding there was a “Festival of the Desert” celebrated there with a few westerners present.

Despite the events earlier this year and the unrest in all of northern Tchad it was reported that archaeologist are still
working unhindered near Ounianga Kebir in the far north east of Tchad.

Ousma Dicki, a nephew of the president, became director of customs and was promoted to General.

The wreck of the missing Tchad army helicopter reported lost last month, was found with French help: there were no survivors It was reported that thousands of independent miners were removed from Kouri Bougoudi near the Libyan border and hundred arrested elsewhere in Ennedi: reports vary in vagueness as to the location and scale of these two incidents.

It was reported that some half a million children were inoculated against measles in Tchad this year
There was reported of a shortage of cooking gas in the capital. There was some sort of incident at the north border of Tchad, near Libya, when a group of UFDD men were attacked. One report indicated that they were on their way to surrender. Reports are most confusing.

Again there was no updated IOM migration report for Tchad.

Niger
The IOM report on migration for Niger, (which is much more regular than those for Mali and Tchad) shows little change from the previous month’s figures.

Boko Haram attacks continued in the south east near Lake Tchad throughout the month: for full coverage of the conflict status in Niger see the Crisis Group’s March report.
Two candidates announced for the next presidential election: Seyni Oumarou for the MNSD party, and Mohamed Bazoum for the PNDS party (one from the opposition and one from the governing party).

Niger's current president, Mahamadou Issoufou, elected for the first time in 2011 and re-elected in 2016, cannot run for a new term in Niger's constitution.

At least 10,000 cases of tuberculosis were reported in Niger in 2018: this figure is causing concern, but fortunately the death rate is quite low.

At a meeting in March in Agades, just south of the Aïr mountains, it was reported that some 65 (!) Italian tourist companies announced they were willing to participate in a push to restore tourism in Niger. Meanwhile there were reports in a local journal that prostitution is rising in Agades.

Index

Index
The153 Club
The Agades Cross
People of the Sahara
Saharan Landscapes
Books on the Sahara(1)
Books on the Sahara(2)
Books on African Art
Saharan Salt Trade
The Gundi
Illizi Festival 2000
Sahara Freeze-up
Camel Cheese
153 Club Newsletter
153 News Update
Join the 153 Club
Today's African News

Père de Foucauld
L'Arbre du Ténéré 1
L'Arbre du Ténéré 2
Saharan Forts 1
Saharan Forts 2
Saharan Rock Art
Giraffe Engravings
Leo Africanus
Battuta's Saharan travels
Shabeni's Timbuktu
Timbuctoo the Mysterious
Heroditus & Pliny on Libya
Timbuktu, a poem

Joliba Trust
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 1
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 2
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 3
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 4
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 5
Ibn Khaldûn quotes 6

Old Michelin Maps
Early NW Africa Map 1
Early NW Africa Map 2
Early NW Africa Map 3
Early NW Africa Map 4
Early NW Africa Map 5
Saharan Exploration

Henry Barth 1
Henry Barth 2
Henry Barth 3
Denham & Clapperton 1
Denham & Clapperton 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 1
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 2
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 3
Haardt & Audouin-Dubreuil 4

External Links

Jim Mann Taylor's Home Page
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