update has been compiled by Christer Wilkinson from a variety
Alas, no news on any of the western hostages held by Islamic groups
somewhere in Mali or north western Niger.
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
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
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.
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.
The IOM report on migration for Niger, (which is much more regular
than those for Mali and Tchad) shows little change from the previous
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
At least 10,000 cases of tuberculosis were reported in Niger in 2018:
this figure is causing concern, but fortunately the death rate is
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.