POLITICAL TURMOIL IN MALI
April 2nd sanctions against Mali
started after the coup leader refused to step down. By that time,
the banks were already pretty much out of money, the gas stations
out of gas, and food prices had already gone up. The land borders
closed that day, completely isolating Mali and
cutting it off from all much-need imports.
kids stopped going to school as we had not stocked
up on gas (only food and money). The coup leader started secret
talks as he soon realized that Mali could not continue functioning
for long with the sanctions in place.
April 4th, our American family left to return home
- two months earlier than planned. Two days later I left
for Austria - 5 days earlier than planned. That same day
- April 6th - the coup leader announced that he
had signed an accord with the neighboring countries that meant that
Malian law would go into effect again and that he'd step
week later - on April 12th - the former parliament
speaker was sworn in as interim president; he seemed
a very reasonable man. On April 17th, an astrophysicist
who's worked for NASA and Microsoft was named prime minister.
That very same day the "stepped down" coup leader Sanogo
had 22 officials of the toppled government arrested,
causing an international outcry. At that time it became known that
the toppled Malian president had been hiding in the Senegalese embassy,
and after a short stand-off, the coup leader allowed his departure
into exile in Senegal. Three days after the arrests,
he freed all the officials again.
April 25th the new cabinet of 24 people was set
in place - with the military holding 3 key positions. Just days
later the neighboring countries talked about the deployment
of 3000 soldiers to help with the rebellion in the north
of Mali, but the coup leader strongly opposed that
plan. Captain Sanogo is still the one holding power and controlling
the media, while the interim government remains silent.
(April 30) fighting erupted in Bamako
after the coup leader tried to arrest another key person from the
toppled government, but this time the soldiers still loyal to the
old government rose up to fight back and try a counter-coup.
At this time, the fighting is still going on, with the coup leader
seeming to keep the upper hand; the airport has
been closed since last night and has announced
it will remain so for one week. 14 people have died, and
40 been injured.
the neighboring countries (ECOWAS) have given Mali 12 months
until elections need to be held, coup leader Sanogo has
already announced that he will take his place as the head
of Mali again after the projected 40 days for the interim
president are over - which is in about 3 weeks. ECOWAS is discussing
deployment of troops against the coup leader, as well as putting
the sanctions back into place.
to say, Mali needs your prayers big time. I keep you updated about
what's going on on my Facebook page.
1 - Mali coup: Bamako gunfire continues for second day (BBC)
1 - Rival factions clash in Mali capital, junta claims control
28 - Mali coup leader rejects ECOWAS (BBC)
27 - Mali junta rejects West African troop deployment (Reuters)
TURMOIL IN MALI
talk to Paul every few days, and he and the kids
are doing fine. It is life as usual on our base
- except for the Westerners missing. Paul said he's gotten into
a good routine with his additional tasks.
of refugees from the occupied north come into the capital
Bamako every day. In the north women have been raped, sharia law
has caused hands to be cut off, Christians are being persecuted,
and people are hungry. Apart from that, 3 million people
are in danger of starving this year, and
all the humanitarian organizations trying to help have had to stop
their operations. New sanctions would be a catastrophe hitting the
people already suffering the most.
pray for Paul and everyone on our base, as well as the many needy
village church in Dara - Paul is ministering there on
a weekly basis again.
village church Goro - Paul has been unable to reach anyone
there, and with the crisis heating up again, it's too dangerous
to travel there for now.
Our Base - On April 23rd our kids started going back
to school, and have been following our regular schedule again.
They're doing well.
- I have changed my travel schedule, moving my July US
trip up to May/June and returning to Mali a month later
than planned, on June 14th (God-willing). Look
to the left to see when I'm where, with more and always current
details on the CALENDAR
page of our website.
Book - My book can now be ordered from
all over the world. Just click on the link on the left side.
- We still need volunteers, but as of now, it is NOT
advised to travel to Mali.
there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your
sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there! If I go underground,
you're there! If I flew on morning's wings to the far western horizon,
You'd find me in a minute — you're already there waiting!
(Ps 139:7-10, MESS)