Clashes between Dongo farmers and ethnic Fulani cattle herders occurred in the Koro circle of the Mopti region (central Mali), between June 17 and June 18. At least 31 civilians – 27 Fulani and four Dongos – were killed, and nine others injured in the fighting. The incident was reportedly linked to the death of one Dongo following a dispute that erupted between the two communities in the previous week.
Violent clashes between Fulani and Dongos or Bambara people over land disputes are frequent in central Mali and have increased in the past year. Illicit weapons trade in the region and the presence of armed groups linked to the Fulani jihadist preacher Amadou Koufa - with whom Fulani are often suspected of collusion - makes these ethnic clashes particularly deadly.
Individuals in Central Mali are advised to keep abreast of the situation via local media outlets and to follow all instructions issued by local authorities.
As the security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the northern and central regions, professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, all those present in Mali are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. When going out, always carry a reliable means of communication and inform a trusted contact of where you are going and when you plan to return.