(MALI) JUST IN: Chinese Embassy issues ‘Security Alert’ on Saturday as ‘Three Chinese Nationals Kidnapped’ by gunmen #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.19: The Chinese Embassy in Mali said in a notice on Saturday that as Eid al-Adha Day approaches, the security situation in Mali has become more complicated. Robberies and attacks are frequent in border areas especially those with Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

#AceDailyNews says that the notice and the kidnap, which came three days after the bus blast in Pakistan that killed nine Chinese nationals on July 14, put further spotlight on the security situation of Chinese nationals and enterprises in foreign countries.

By Global Times

Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2020, shows normal traffic after Mali reopened land and air borders in Bamako, capital of Mali. Photo:Xinhua
Global Times

Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2020, shows normal traffic after Mali reopened land and air borders in Bamako, capital of Mali. Photo:XinhuaThe Chinese Embassy in Mali warned Chinese citizens and enterprises in the country to be on the alert as three Chinese nationals were kidnapped in a latest attack in war-torn southwest Mali on Saturday.

Chinese citizens and enterprises in Mali should enhance their safety awareness, strictly abide by local laws, regulations and customs and ensure personal and property safety, the embassy said. 

The embassy statement did not specifically mention the attack. 

The AFP reported that an attack occurred at a construction site and three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped. 

The bus blast in Pakistan on July 14 was confirmed to be a terrorist attack, in which nine Chinese and four Pakistanis were killed. 

All the victims worked at the China-invested Dasu hydropower project. A joint team sent to investigate the attack has asked Pakistan to tighten up their security measures, to ensure the safety of all Chinese employees in the country.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.19: 2021:

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(BURKINA FASO) JUST IN: At least 130 people killed in worst attack on Saturday in recent years by Unidentified militants #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.08: The death toll from the worst militant attack in Burkina Faso in recent years has risen to 132, the government said on Saturday, after armed assailants laid siege overnight to a village in the jihadist-plagued northeast.

Burkina Faso: At least 132 civilians killed in worst attack in years,” Reuters, June 6, 2021:

The attackers struck during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province, bordering Niger. They also burned homes and the market, the government said in a statement.

It declared a 72-hour period of national mourning, describing the attackers as terrorists, although no group has claimed responsibility. Another 40 residents were wounded, government spokesperson Ousseni Tamboura later told reporters.

The United Nations said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was outraged by the attack, whose victims included seven children.

Despite the presence of thousands of U.N. peacekeepers, attacks by jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in West Africa’s Sahel region have risen sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, with civilians bearing the brunt….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.08: 2021:

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(FRANCE) JUST IN: Operation Barhane halted its joint military operations with Mali over last week’s coup in the West African country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.04: French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the Sahel region:

FRANCE: Suspends military ties with Mali over coup and said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule according to Frank Gardner: Critical stage for fight against jihadis in West Africa

12 hours ago

Soldiers of France's Barkhane mission patrol in In-Tillit in 2017 in Mali
French troops are part of Operation Barkhane against militants in the Sahel

On 25 May Mali’s military strongman, Col Assimi Goïta, ousted the country’s civilian president and prime minister:

This week the West African grouping Ecowas and the African Union (AU) suspended Mali from their bodies. 

On Thursday France’s armed forces ministry said that both Ecowas and the AU had set “the framework for the political transition in Mali”. 

It added: “While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces.” 

French troops will continue to operate there independently.

What is happening in Mali?

Coup leader Colonel Assimi Goïta was named transitional president by the constitutional court last Friday – two days after he declared himself the interim leader. 

He defended the removal of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane as necessary because they had failed in their duties and were seeking to sabotage the country’s transition.

Soldiers arrested and detained the two men after a cabinet reshuffle that Col Goïta said he was not consulted about.

He also led the coup last August, which saw the elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta forced out of office.

Col Goïta has now promised that a new prime minister will be appointed within days, and that elections will still go ahead next year as planned.

Why is Mali so unstable?

Mali is a vast, landlocked former French colony, and large areas are poor and underdeveloped.

A coup in 2012 led to militant Islamists exploiting the chaos and seizing the north of the country. 

French troops helped regain territory, but attacks have continued as the insurgents have capitalised on the persistent political instability in the region.

This has all led to public confidence waning over the army leaders’ ability to tackle the Islamist insurgency that has spilled into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.04: 2021:

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(BURKINA FASO) JUST IN: Suspected Islamic extremists attacked a baptism party killing at least 15 people and sending terrified civilians fleeing to other towns, authorities said Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.23: The attack took place Tuesday near the town of Tin-Akoff, according to Salfo Kabore, the governor of Sahel region. It is the fourth attack against civilians this month in the commune, according to an internal security report for aid workers:

BURKINA FASO: Jihadists murder 15 Christians at baptism party are attacked in northern OUAGADOUGOU killing at least 15,” by Sam Mednick, Associated Press, May 19, 2021:

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the internal security report viewed by The Associated Press blamed extremists linked to the Islamic State group.

Violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremists has left thousands dead in the West African nation over the last several years. In recent weeks, attacks have spiked in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region and in the country’s east….

The violence has displaced more than 1 million people, and aid groups say it’s also brought tens of thousands to the brink of starvation by disrupting aid operations to those in need.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said earlier this month it was “deeply concerned by the humanitarian consequences” of violence that displaced more than 17,500 people in a 10-day period.

Observers expressed alarm that Tuesday’s attack took place in an area where international and regional armed forces are actively trying to stop jihadist violence….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.23: 2021:

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(BURKINA FASO, Africa.) Jihadists Report: #IslamicState & al – #Qaeda during the last seven days at least 17,500 displaced and 45-people killed in attacks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The crisis continues in Africa, while the woke world shows little concern. In a little over one week in Burkina Faso, over 17,500 people “have been forcefully displaced from their homes” and 45 people murdered by expanding Islamic State and al-Qaeda jihadists:

Burkina Faso: At least 45 people murdered, over 17,500 displaced in jihad onslaught from #IslamicState and al- #Qaeda While the focus on the West remains curbing “Islamophobia,” “the security situation in the Sahel region is fueling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world.” ‘And it’s all about the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the region and ultimately the spread of Sharia globally’

“UN says armed attacks in Burkina Faso displace over 17,500 in past 10 days,” Reuters, May 7, 2021:

More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Attacks by jihadist armed groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the West African Sahel region have been rising sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, with civilians bearing the brunt.

The UNHCR report said gunmen had carried out a series of attacks in three separate regions, burning down houses and shooting civilians dead. The assailants also ransacked health centres and damaged homes and shops.

“Clearly one of the reasons is to cause mayhem and to torment civilians,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told a briefing in Geneva.

The security situation in the Sahel region is fuelling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world, he said.

Security sources told Reuters on Monday that armed assailants had killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

Last week, two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed in an armed ambush by suspected militants during an anti-poaching patrol near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso. read more

“The trends we see only point to more violence to come,” Cheshirkov said.

The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.14 million people in just over two years….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.16: 2021:

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BURKINA FASO: ‘ STATEMENT AIRED ON OMEGA RADIO CLAIMS ISSAC ZIDA IN POWER ‘

#AceWorldNews – BURKINA FASO – November 01 – A statement aired on Burkina Faso’s Omega Radio early Saturday claimed that Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida has taken over the post of head of state, Reuters reported.

'Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida '

‘Lieutenant Colonel Issac Zida ‘

“I assume the functions of head of state and I call on [West African regional bloc] ECOWAS and the international community to demonstrate their understanding and support the new authorities,” it said.

If true, the statement reportedly announced by the man himself shows an apparent putsch against the country’s Army chief Gen. Honore Traore, who earlier said he assumes the power for the transitional period.

It comes after reports of heavy gunfire coming from the presidential palace in the capital Ouagadougou in the early hours of Saturday morning, and follows the Friday resignation of President Blaise Compaore on his 27th year of rule.

Source: 

#ANS2014 

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BURKINA FASO: ‘ THOUSANDS STORM PARLIAMENT AHEAD OF VOTE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BURKINA FASO – October 30 – Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, ahead of a vote on a motion to allow the president to stand for re-election, Reuters witnesses said.

The crowd then headed towards the prime ministers office as a government helicopter flew overhead, shooting tear gas canisters at protesters, a Reuters witness said.

Lawmakers had been due to vote on Thursday a plan proposed by the government to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore stand for re-election next year, when he was due to stand down due to a two-term limit. Most deputies had not yet arrived for the vote when protesters entered the building.

“We did this because Blaise was trying to stay too long. We are tired of him,” said Seydou Kabre, a protester in the crowd headed to the prime minister’s office. “We want a change. He must go!”

Protesters took the parliament building after police starting shooting in the air in a bid to disperse them. In the face of the surging crowd, police were forced to withdraw, witnesses said.

Source:

#ANS2014  

(Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney; Writing by Joe Bavier and Daniel Flynn; Editing by David Lewis)

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AIR ALGERIE AH5017: ' Hezbollah Leader and French Military Were On-Board at Time of Crash '

#AceWorldNews – ALGIERS – July 27 – According to latest information that either 116 or 118 people on board the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in the restive northern Mali, at least 33 French military personnel including three senior intelligence officials and a Lebanese Hezbollah leader were present, it has emerged reported IBTimes

Even as the Algerian authorities have asserted that the real cause of the crash could be established only after a thorough investigation, they have not ruled out a terror attack either.

The exact number of people present in the aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas-83, is still unclear – whether it was 116 or 118.

But the local daily Echorouk, citing sources, said there were French troops on board.

There were at least 19 Lebanese passengers and some of them were dual citizens, including an alleged senior Hezbollah figure, who was disguised as a businessman.

A team of Lebanese experts is also on its way to Mali to assist the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, militants from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA), locally known as Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa, are said to be stationed near the crash site, which is not far from their stronghold.

The al-Qaeda-inspired outfit is believed to be holding an arsenal of missiles in its possession which were smuggled from Libya.

However, experts have firmly ruled out any ground-to-air attack that brought down the plane.

But speculation over a criminal incident linked to explosives inside the Burkina Faso-Algiers flight has also surfaced.

"We rule out — and have from the start — any ground strike," French junior transport minister Frédéric Cuvillier told France Two television.

#ANS2014

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‘ Francois Hollande Promotes New Military Operation Being Rolled-Out in West Africa ‘

Regions of Burkina Faso.

Regions of Burkina Faso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews – FRANCE (Paris) – July 19 – French President Francois Hollande on Friday promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on a multi-faceted menace from Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens reported Reuters. 

France led a military intervention in its former colony Mali last year, halting the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in 2012.

The military operation succeeded in scattering the Islamist groups in Mali, and Paris is in the process of reorganising its deployment in the region, with its 1,700 soldiers in Mali being folded into a broader counter-terrorism force.

Under the new plan, some 3,000 French troops will now operate out of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – countries straddling the vast arid Sahel band – with the aim of stamping out an Islamist threat across the region.

“There are threats, notably from Libya. Military hardware has accumulated there, and without a doubt, terrorists are seeking refuge there,” Hollande said in Niger during a three-day trip that will also take him to Ivory Coast and Chad.

“We have, therefore, decided to put in place structures and measures that will allow us to confront this threat of terrorism in the Sahel,” he said.

#ANS2014

 

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Panorama’s Investigation of Global Fund Aid and Obtained Leaked Reports About Corruption

#AceWorldNews says a  report on corruption involving UK aid money has been watered down and another delayed, Panorama has discovered. 

WATCH : Panorama: Where’s Our Aid Money Gone?, BBC One, Monday 2 December at 19:30 GMT and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

Global Fund AidBBC: leaked report shows alleged corruption – involving tens of thousands of dollars – was discovered by investigators working for the Global Fund.

When the final report on the case was published, all but one of the allegations had been removed. The Global Fund says it is “transparent and has zero tolerance of corruption”. The Global Fund is one of the biggest providers of international aid and fights malaria, Aids and tuberculosis in the developing world. 

In 10 years the fund spent £13.5bn and saved millions of lives, the UK government recently announced it was giving the Global Fund £1bn according to an Internal draft. One official report looking at corruption in projects funded by the Global Fund in Cambodia was published two weeks ago.

But Panorama has obtained a leaked copy of an original internal investigation report from inside the fund.

There are significant differences between what the investigators wrote in the initial, leaked report and what the official one says.

Some of the allegations relate to money sent to a non-profit health organisation called Medicam by a British charity working for the UK government.

In the internal draft seen by Panorama they were accused of double billing for staff and computers, charging more than £61,000 for consultants who were never employed and charging thousands for hotels that were never used.

Richard BiltonPanorama obtained leaked reports about corruption in aid spending in Cambodia

The leaked report also detailed how investigators found allegedly falsified documents on the office computer of the director of Medicam, Dr Sin Sumony.

In the final report, just one of the four allegations remains.

Bea Edwards, from the Government Accountability Project in Washington, said: “The fact that a report is suppressed for almost a year and then is somewhat less detailed than the original version, that is a cover-up.”

The Global Fund said that “procedural due process made this report take longer than usual” and that only “evidence that can be confirmed as fact is included in the final version”.

The scope of Global Fund investigation reports “should be limited to Global Fund grants”, they said.

Panorama spoke to the director of Medicam, Dr Sumony, who sits on the Global Fund committee that oversees its projects in Cambodia.

“Number one, we did not commit that corruption, number two, through the Global Fund support, their financial management system has improved,” he said.

Dr Sumony confirmed they were about to receive more money from the Global Fund: “This year it is over $720,000.”

Mosquito net ‘scam’

Panorama also obtained an unpublished Global Fund report into corruption in Burkina Faso.

It details an alleged scam involving an £8.3m contract that might have left two million people more vulnerable to malaria.

MalariaThe BBC’s leaked copy reveals how a company with apparently no experience of supplying mosquito nets won a contract to provide two million of them.

The company took the £8.3m but bought cheaper nets from China that had not been properly treated with insecticide to kill mosquitoes.

The Global Fund announced it was replacing the nets last year and stressed that the nets “while untreated, still give protection”.

The fund said it had “since distributed replacement nets to replace all untreated bed nets“.

It said the investigation would be published when it was complete.

The leaked report shows that the investigation was completed a year ago but still has not been published.

Panorama has seen details of a series of investigations that were started more than a year ago but which have not been published. They reveal potential fraud of £16.5m.

The countries investigated are Niger, Ghana, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Global Fund says it doesn’t comment on open investigations and it expects to report on its findings.

It says the fund is transparent and has zero tolerance of corruption: “Twenty-seven reports have been published in the last 12 months. Standards of disclosure remain exceptionally high.”

Past controversy

Many of the investigations were initiated by the fund’s former inspector general.

In November 2012, John Parsons was sacked for “unsatisfactory” performance.

A year earlier his department had been described in an independent report as “the only risk-mitigation strategy within the Global Fund that has worked”.

Panorama can reveal that before he was dismissed, Mr Parsons wrote to his bosses complaining about “harassment, intimidation and retaliation”.

“Your true intention is to weaken the function, simply because you don’t like what we find and report upon,” he wrote.

Documents from inside the fund show the inspectors felt they were being undermined, saying they were repeatedly told “not to look so deep”.

One said: “The organisation, while parading ‘transparency’ and openness, in practice views disclosure of results as negative, harmful and unwanted.”

The Global Fund says it is “committed to a strong and effective office of the inspector general, and has not tried to weaken it at all”.

Global Fund for ChildrenThe fund denies it put pressure on inspectors to water down reports. “If the Global Fund saw disclosure as harmful, it could have stopped openly publishing reports. But it did not stop.”

Panorama: Where’s Our Aid Money Gone?, BBC One, Monday 2 December at 19:30 GMT and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

 

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More than 11 Million People are at Risk of Hunger and 5 Million Children under Five are at Risk of Acute Malnutrition

Destructive root harvesting for traditional me...

Destructive root harvesting for traditional medicine. In the Sahel sub-Saharan savanna region, near Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso. Français : Récolte des racines par arrachage, pour les besoins de la médecine traditionnelle. Image prise près de Fada N’Gourma, au Burkina Faso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced today they are teaming up for a trip to the Sahel next week to address pressing issues in the vast African region such as pervasive poverty, food insecurity and conflict.

“The Sahel is one of the most impoverished and fragile places on the planet,” said Mr. Ban in a  “http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=3155” joint press conference in New York. “We are going together to listen and act. We are convinced the cycle of crises in the Sahel can be broken. The region can move from fragility to sustainability.”

Earlier this year, Mr. Ban and Mr. Kim travelled together to Africa’s long troubled Great Lakes region in support of a new peace framework agreed by leaders there. It was the first joint visit by a UN Secretary-General and a President of the World Bank. The new trip seeks to build on joint efforts, foster international support, and spotlight the challenges currently facing the Sahel.

“Our message on this critical visit and around the world is that peace and development must go hand-in-hand,” Mr. Ban said. “At this time last year, Mali was in crisis. Since then, our collective efforts have helped not only improve the political and security situation in Mali but also address some of the broader challenges in the Sahel. The time is ripe to build on these gains.”

The Sahel has suffered three major droughts in less than a decade. More than 11 million people are at risk of hunger and 5 million children under five are at risk of acute malnutrition. In addition, political instability and unconstitutional changes in Governments have had significant economic and social consequences in the region and terrorist acts, as well as organized crime, have threatened the region’s stability.

“These challenges cannot be overcome by any Government or organization alone,” Mr. Ban said. “The issues are connected and we need an approach that connects our efforts.”

“Many of these countries have chronically low economic growth which lags behind the urgent need for job creation,” Mr. Kim told reporters via teleconference from Washington D.C. “We need to work together so that people of the Sahel can have peace and development.”

Huts in the village of Dourtenga, departement ...

Huts in the village of Dourtenga, departement of Dourtenga, province of Koulpélogo in Burkina Faso (West Africa). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He stressed that the World Bank’s new approach to the Sahel will entail working side by side with the region’s Governments, the UN and other development partners and will promote greater stability, resilience and sustainable development in the five core countries of the region: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“Our aim is to address the root causes of poverty, conflict and helplessness. As a part of this new approach, the World Bank will mobilize substantial public and private sources in support. We’ll help strengthen social safety nets for people, lower the cost of energy and increase support for irrigation and pastoralism, as well transform the state of agriculture in the region,” Mr. Kim said.

The Sahel stretches from Mauritania to Eritrea, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan, a belt dividing the Sahara desert and the savannahs to the south. The joint visit will start from Mali and continue to Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad.

Mr. Ban and Mr. Kim will be joined by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy to the region, Romano Prodi, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka, and Commissioner for Development of the European Union Andris Piebalgs.

Courtesy of :UN News Room  

 

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