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People of the Sahara
Saharan Landscapes
Saharan Salt Trade
The Gundi
Illizi Festival 2000
Sahara Freeze-up
Camel Cheese
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Giraffe Engravings
Leo Africanus
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Shabeni's Timbuktu
Timbuctoo the Mysterious
Heroditus & Pliny on Libya
Timbuktu, a poem

Joliba Trust
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Ibn Khaldûn quotes 5
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Old Michelin Maps
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Early NW Africa Map 3
Early NW Africa Map 4
Early NW Africa Map 5
Saharan Exploration

Henry Barth 1
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Denham & Clapperton 1
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South Sahara News Update, August, 2019

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

Conflict Group Report
Readers are reminded that the Crisis Group (www.crisisgroup.org) publishes a detailed monthly report on all rebel attacks and other violent incidents in the three countries covered in this news summary.

Hostages
This month there was yet again no news on any of the western hostages: but see the report on Thad for information on other hostages.

Migrant trends
The IOM DTM site reports for Niger and Mali were available in time for this report.

DTM Niger (July 2019)
Only 2000 migrants recorded per day, equally split between departures arrivals and internal movement. Only 200 a day leaving or arriving from Libya with an excess this month of departures and about the same going to Algeria: the remainder leaving or entering Niger via border crossing in the south.

DTM Tchad (not available this month due to website difficulties at the time of preparing this report but a site summary advised only 620 migrants per day at all monitoring stations)

DTM Mali (July 2019)
A stunningly low figure of only 325 migrants a day though all entry/exit points. (Summer?)

Niger
A land mine near the town of Bosso in the south east near lake Tchad killed several Niger army soldiers: presumably laid by Boko Harem.

The Termit wildlife reserve in the Tenere, east of Agades has, been opened by the government to oil exploration: details of how much it has been opened is not clear.

The Orange telecommunication company’s future in Niger is still in doubt, and to complicate matters there was a strike by its workers.

At least 150 migrants were reported to be repatriated by the IOM back to Niger from Libya via Dirkou: but this is not a significant percentage of the total migrant traffic via Dirkou.

The American air base in Agades finally opened after construction delays.

An investigation reported significant gasoline fraud in Niger, as gasoline intended for export was diverted to domestic use without paying tax.

Heavy rains were reported as the period ended with damage to 2000 homes in the Agadez region, with two deaths and numerous injuries reported so far. There was also a significant rise in the level of the Niger river at Niamey the capital which required the evacuation of some riverside areas.

Tchad
As described in the last news report, according to the government in Tchad, there are a reported 3000 teachers and government employees with fake diplomas and salaries of these staff have been stopped. Protests have of course ensured.

Four people who were taken hostage in northern Tchad (which included three Chinese staff) were released by their captors. Details of who and where were not made available.

The long running dispute between the sultanate of Ouaddia and the Tchad government continues: according to some reports with the local people resisting the imposition of a new leader by the Tchad government.

More fighting was reported between herders and farmers in the east of the country, leaving 37 dead in one report: significantly less in another. Other reports indicated attacks in the south east.

In the north of Tchad near the Tibesti mountains, the tension round Miski (a gold bearing area) continues and there are reports of increased military in the area. This area reportedly set up a local self-defense force earlier this year. There are also reports of increase military pressure on miners in the far north near Libya with a number of miners reportedly fleeing over the border to Libya.

An attack was reported on a police station in the far north near Bardaia resulted in three assailants killed after a soldier reportedly fled there after killing another person. Reports are confusing.

Businessmen in Tchad complained that the declaration of a state of emergency and border closures are badly hurting trade.

The rebels captured in the recent attempt at a coup in February, which was stopped with the help of a French military intervention, were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment, but some minors were released.

A Kamikaze female member of Boko Harem killed six people in the west of the country near Lake Tchad.

There was yet another government reshuffle in August.

Mali
The Crisis Group reports a whole series of minor incidents in central Mali, but less activity in the north. However due to the lack of security, the Red Cross is moving out of Timbuctoo

The collapse of a building in Bamako was reported to have killed 15 people. The cause of the collapse varies between accounts.

The Mali government is still not back in Kidal from which it has been absent for several years. The UN and French are there but the Mali government is not. The UN would like it to return. The rebels do not want the return without an effective settlement.

The control post at Kati, on the road to Kayes from Bamako, which was blocked by a protest, is now open again and the government has promised to repair the bad section of road which caused the protests. It was reported that at one time there were over 1000 trucks stuck at the post.

The French troops in Mali were reported as mired in mud and distrust by a BBC article. The BBC also reported that the number of child deaths from the conflicts in Mali doubled this year over previous years.

In the Dogon country in central Mali there was another report of anger at the powerlessness of the Mali authorities and UN to prevent violence and protect villages.

In the ongoing disputes in the Mali parliament, the opposition refused to cooperate in an inclusive dialogue with the Mali government on future policy and solutions.

 




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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