On Saturday, June 13, approximately 700-1000 demonstrators gathered in Fada N'Gourma (Gourma province) to denounce insecurity and killings against the Fulani community in the region. Protesters demanded further action be taken to prevent the atrocities, including the restructuring of security defense forces. The demonstration was not authorized by authorities and took place in spite of the ban on public gatherings amid the ongoing fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Security forces dispersed the demonstration.
Additional protests are possible in the near term. A heightened security presence is anticipated in the region.
Intercommunal conflict has long been a significant concern in areas of central and northern Mali. Violence targeting the Fulani community has increased markedly in 2013, causing a continuous cycle of revenge and reprisal attacks. Insecurity in the central regions has led to an increase in Fulani members joining insurgent groups, and eventually the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). This, in turn, has led to a stigmatization of the community, with other communities, such as the Dogon, launching targeted attacks on Fulani areas.
Individuals in Gourma province are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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