News / Africa

    Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

    Tuareg fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad sit in their vehicle in a market in Timbuktu, Mali, April 14, 2012.Tuareg fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad sit in their vehicle in a market in Timbuktu, Mali, April 14, 2012.
    x
    Tuareg fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad sit in their vehicle in a market in Timbuktu, Mali, April 14, 2012.
    Tuareg fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad sit in their vehicle in a market in Timbuktu, Mali, April 14, 2012.
    VOA News
    Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the militant groups that controls the area's major cities.

    A youth leader in the city of Gao says that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group's local headquarters Tuesday.

    He says one person was killed and 12 others were injured, two of them seriously.

    The protest was sparked by accusations that the MNLA killed an elected official, Idrissa Oumarou, on Monday after he resisted an attempt to steal his motorcycle.  Tuesday's march was preceded by Oumarou's funeral.

    In interviews with VOA last week, residents of Gao expressed resentment toward MNLA and Islamist groups that seized control of northern Mali in early April after a coup in the capital, Bamako.

    Several people said they could not forgive the militants for looting and destroying buildings in the town.

    A VOA reporter who visited Gao, Idriss Fall, said that life in the city of 85,000 is difficult, with food, water and electricity all scarce.
    • Refugees fleeing Gao. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Amadou Cisse, of the Liberation Front in Northern Mali. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Two Gao women residents on a motorcycle. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • A school for the blind in Gao. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Jobless people in Gao. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Citizens playing soccer, which is forbidden in the country. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • A local office of EcoBank. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Inside a church destroyed by Islamists. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • On a scooter: Nafissatou Maiga, a teacher from Menaka now stuck in Gao. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Gao's soccer (football) field. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • A man whose hand was amputated under Sharia law. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Azawad’s flag. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Hawa Doumbia, a trader. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • The house of a leader of MUJWA. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • The Niger river. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • Obama stickers on motorcycles in Gao. (Idriss Fall/VOA)
    • A ransacked restaurant. (Idriss Fall/VOA)

    The MNLA (Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) has launched an effort to reconcile with locals, holding meetings with youths and broadcasting a radio appeal for forgiveness.

    The armed groups in Mali's north are bracing for possible counterattacks from the interim Malian government or newly-formed counter-insurgency group, known as the Northern Mali Liberation Front.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

    You May Like

    Syrian Torture Victim Recounts Horrors

    'You make them think you have surrendered' says Jalal Nofal, a doctor who was jailed and survived repeated interrogations in Syria

    Mandela’s Millions Paid to Heirs, But Who Gets His Country Home?

    Saga around $3 million estate of country's first democratic president is far from over as Winnie Mandela’s fight for home overshadows payouts

    Guess Which Beach is 'Best in the US'?

    Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay tops an annual "top 10" list compiled by a coastal scientist, also known as Doctor Beach

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Chinese Americans for Trump Going Against National Trendi
    X
    May 27, 2016 5:57 AM
    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Chinese Americans for Trump Going Against National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora