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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
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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

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153 News Update, October, 2018

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


Niger
To everyone’s surprise Vital Metals, a gold mining conglomerate, pulled out of a gold mining agreement at Boula, in the south west of Niger, claiming low grade mineral deposits as reason.

An MSF doctor was expelled from Niger by the government on the grounds that she was issuing false malaria case information.

The slow penetration of US and European military into Niger has started to be noticed internationally.

The government claimed that it had reduced the number of migrants leaving Niger for Europe by 90%. Certainly in Agades there were another serious of press reports highlighting the impact of this reduction on the local economy. However, this month the IOM- DTM site indicated a significant rise to 6000 a month out of Niger after several months of reductions. Traffic into and out of Algeria is minimal.

Yet another article appeared about the gold mining in northern Niger. The report claimed that a 30,000 (!) person town was now near the finds. (The google earth imagery is too old to show anything).

There was another report about the transfer of migrants across the south Algerian frontier to Assamakka in Niger. There was a protest by an UN agency which was promptly refuted by the Algerian government.

Two Chinese companies have been given permission to look for uranium in Niger, in the Arlit region. Note that they also have oil permits further east near Agadem.

Reports have come in of people in Niger moving away from the Mali border, towards Tahoua to avoid the conflict spill overs in this area.

The British government announced that they planned to open an embassy in Niger in Niamey.

Hostages
No new western hostages were reported and unfortunately there was no news about those currently held.

Tchad
There was another conflict in the north of Tchad north of the Tibesti mountains, at the end of October and near the Libyan border, but reports and locations of the conflict and the outcome differ between reports.

Another press report indicated that a sub prefect at Yebbi Bou, a town in the Tibesti region, resigned due to what he considered to be indiscriminate bombing of houses and civilians in response to a reported rebel attack. The Tchad government denies these claims.

Some reports state these occurred at Miski. But this appears to be used as the name of a region not a specific location, and to make matters more complex the “Google” location, (as well as most conventional location sources) clearly have the wrong location. The Tilho report on Tchad identifies this area as an Enneri (wadi) south of Yebbi Bou and north of Bini Erdi.

Several government reports stated that found numerous people in a state of bondage at the unauthorized gold mines in this area. (But no mention is made about the mines actually on the border with Libya near the three way frontier junction with Niger). They claimed to release from servitude at least 1000 such people from the mines after their military action. One case of mistreatment was a video published on the internet in late September.

General Haftar, the head of the government in eastern Libya, visited Tchad again to meet with the Tchad president Deby. (The history of this individual, and his involvement with Tchad in the 80s was covered in a previous report)
There is almost no change in the overall refugee situation in Tchad from last month with large number so refugees in the east, south and near lake Tchad.

After 25 years, Acheikh Ibn Omar, Minister of Foreign affairs 1989-90 under Hissene Habre returned to Tchad under an amnesty arrangement.

No news from the IOM DTM on Tchad : migration figures are not available this month. The site is under some sort of maintenance and their reports are not available for this news report.

Mali
Back to another period of deadly conflicts in the north of Mali again, I fear.

A major attack was reported early in Oct near Asongo,close to border with Niger: at least 25 civilians were reported killed. Reports vary on details and which groups were involved.

There was another major incident involving the French forces in late October near Gourem south of Gao, and two UN soldiers from the peacekeeping force were killed in an attack near Timbuctoo. In another incident another French soldier was killed. Earlier one French soldier died due to a non-combat accident.

The continued insecurity in the town of Gao led to a strike by teachers in this town in northern Mali in mid -October causing the schools to close.

The latest Mali government statistics do show a significant number of refuges returning in Mali, but there are still 150,000 taking refuge in neighbouring countries, predominately Mauritania and Niger. The IOM DTM report on Mali migration figures are available was also not available for this news update.

In late October there was protest in the town of Gao about the re-division of the country into new districts by the Mali government and the lack of implementation of the Algiers peace accord.

 

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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