International concerns and nostalgia in Mali

MINUSMA peacekeepers deployed around the town of Kidal, in north Mali, to prevent the continuation of a bloody confrontation allegedly caused by a cease-fire violation between pro-Mali government and rebel armed groups. Growing economic and social difficulties added to the fragile homeland security that generated, in the press and on the web, numerous comments tinged with nostalgia.

The general situation has deteriorated indeed. According to the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, 3.1 million Malians continue to suffer from food insecurity. The lack of “full commitment to peace and stability” would be responsible for the situation. According to economist and academic Prof. Oumar Boiré, there can still be hope. It is true that Mali hasn’t taken the “right path” since the independence, explained Boiré, but this is Malians’ education that will foster the country’s industrialization and economic development.

Symptom of the Malian crisis, the Mali Airports’ union committee criticized the government’s indifference and issued last week a 48-hour strike warning. “Mali isn’t doing well, there is no more State,” one reads more and more on social networks.