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 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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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
___________________________

 

 

 

153 News Update, Jan. 2018

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

January 2018 update:

Hostages
Almost no news. The Vatican is reported to be taking action to try and free Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez, but so far no outcome. Nothing about the other hostages.

Mali
After a quiet December, January was a bad month in Mali. Some reports put more than 100 killed by various rebel groups. This include several soldiers killed by mines, and also some members of pro-government militia conflicts in the north. The French malaise with the ongoing conflict continues.

Reports of the situation in Mali even made an article in the “Economist’, which reported that the Mali government seem not to be interested in the north, as 90% of the population is in the south, near the Capital and pointed out that the gold mining in the south was the biggest source of foreign exchange revenue for the country.

As January ended it was reported elsewhere that the Mali Government was planning to ban the use of motorbikes and pickups in the north. How this would be achieved is not clear. There is a ban on motorbikes in some western areas of Niger and motorbikes were used last year in the attack on the convoy in which four Americans were killed.

Tchad
There was a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinee. Tchad was accused of participating or supporting the coup. The government of Tchad denied all official involvement. Details vary significantly between reports.

The level of discontent with the economic situation in Tchad grows. Strikes are becoming more frequent and the response to a 50% cut in salary of some government employees as a result of the economic situation produced the inevitable reactions. Other austerity measures include increasing taxes and increases in the prices of fuel and electricity.

In the east of the country the first attempts to move some refugees back to Sudan for some time has been reported.

Two news reports indicated that the leader of ISIS had taken refuge in the Tibesti mountains of northern Tchad or in northern Niger. One English newspaper included a report on the gold mining and smuggling routes through the mountains: other reports indicate of clashes between gold miners and local communities in the same area.

Niger
Niger suffered a bad attack by Boko Haram this month with seven soldiers killed and fifteen vehicles (reports vary) stolen in an attack near Diffa in the south east of the country.

It was reported that Algeria had again expelled a number of migrants back to Niger, but this time left them at the southern border post near In Guezzam, leaving them to walk to Assamarka, and not trucking them all the way to Agades.

The Niger president expressed some concern about the effectiveness of the military aid he was receiving from the west to fight the Islamic groups, and also the fact that the solution to Niger’s problems could not only be military.

Meanwhile the price of Uranium, Niger’s main mining industry, and source of foreign exchange is still not rising from its low levels.

Italy is taking a greater interest in the region and plans to send troops to Niger to help the government. It has also been active in north Libya negotiating on migrants, and also in negotiations in southern Libya between waring rebel groups. It clearly has an interest in reducing the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy.