Rebel group in Mali declares independent state

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tuareg rebels in Mali who recently captured northern Mali declared that territory an independent state on Friday.

The Tuareg’s declaration of independence of the “state,” which the rebels call Azawad, was immediately rejected by France, Mali’s former colonial power, the African Union and European Union.

The Tuareg rebels, officially known as the  National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, began to seize the land days after the military coup that ousted president last month. On Thursday, they declared a ceasefire and announced they had captured Azawad, which they see as their homeland, according to the article.

“Mali remains effectively partitioned,” according to the article. The military junta, which took power during the coup last month, is weak and does not have the power to reverse the Tuareg’s advancement. The coup occurred because military officials were outraged that the president failed to supply them with adequate equipment to fight the Tuareg.

related article: CNN


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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