AFRICA/MALI - The population of Mali finds hope again

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Bamako (Agenzia Fides) - The military successes of the Franco-Malian troups (supported by those in Chad) in the north of Mali incourage people who see a possible way out from the crisis. "Not only jiahdisti groups were expelled and moved away from large urban centers in the north, but the reduction of their strength gives hope to the Malians of improved security conditions in the Country," says to Fides Agency Father Edmond Dembele, Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mali.
"The people of the northern cities released by the presence of jihadist groups have started a new life again and feel more secure," adds Fr. Dembele.
The government announced on March 6 the creation of a Commission for Dialogue and Reconciliation to find a way to pacify the Country. "The composition of this body is yet to be decided. We think that the Catholic Church will be part of this body, because, as the Prime Minister said, in the Commission the different social and religious components of the Country will merge, so that all Malians can identify themselves in this structure," says Fr. Dembele.
"Mali has never known a division between people of northern and southern populations, but rather about different parts of society, even on an ethnic basis. So I think that within the Commission one will reason in these terms, rather than a division between north and south," concludes the priest. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 07/03/2013)