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Mali: 37 Fulani Herders Killed in Row Over Resources

  • One cattle herder and his children tend to cattle in Guana, outside Bamako, Mali, November 5, 2016.

    One cattle herder and his children tend to cattle in Guana, outside Bamako, Mali, November 5, 2016. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 2 January 2019
Opinion

The latest killings are part of a trend of an increase in violence, in central Mali, taking place between Fulani herders and Bambara and Dogon farmers.

Armed men, believed to be traditional hunters, killed 37 Fulani herders in a central Mali village, according to the government, which has launched an investigation into the attack.

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“Our village chief Moussa Diallo was killed in the attack along with old women, (and) a girl, all members of his family,” Allaye Yattara, a herder belonging to the Fulani ethnic group told AFP. The source also alleged that the killings were perpetrated by Dogon farmers.

However, the official version regarding the details surrounding the killings indicates that many homes were burned in a part of Koulogon village which is inhabited mostly by Fulani.

The attack took place around the time of the first call to prayer of 2019, according to the mayor of Bankass Moulage Guindo. The mayor explained that another part of the Koulogon village is mostly inhabited by the Dongo ethnic group which is believed to be linked to the attacks.

The recent killings are part of a trend of increase in violence in central Mali that has been taking place between Fulani herders and Bambara and Dogon farmers, which has been triggered by accusations that the Fulani are grazing cattle on Dogon territory as well as disputes over access to land and water resources, according to an  AFP report.

Last year alone, there were hundreds of killings due to fighting between the groups, according to The Guardian.

The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region reportedly used by jihadist groups as a base to launch attacks within Mali as well as across the rest of West Africa.

Mali has been in turmoil since Tuareg rebels and loosely allied Islamic state-affiliated groups took over the northern region in 2012, giving French forces a pretext for military intervention and occupation in the country's former colony, in 2013, that has not ended yet.

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