Trouble in Mali
The Tuaregs, a nomadic people of northern Mali, have been the most vehement opposition to the government in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Their rebellion was kept under check largely on account of ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi proved to be helpful to Mali because he recruited strong, young Tuareg men. He trained and sent them to fight in various parts of the Muslim world. With his ouster and subsequent death, these Tuareg fighters returned to Mali. They returned with a lethal blend of arms and military equipment.
Weapons in the hands of a desperate and dissatisfied people causes immense damage. With the military training and equipment that they brought with them from Libya, the Tuaregs captured much of northern Mali. However, Islamic extremists soon overthrew them and began to take control of many northern cities in Mali causing much chaos and suffering.
Unsatisfied with the government’s handling of the extremists in the north, defiant soldiers in Bamako, in a coup d’état, overthrew the elected government of President Amadou Toumani Touré in March 2012. An unstable government, a frustrated people, and damage- causing extremists provided the perfect climate for a conflict–a conflict for which Mali was under-prepared.
When Islamic extremists took control of a frontier town, earlier this year, the government in Mali appealed to the international community for support. For the second time in less than two years, France came to Mali’s aid by sending armed forces into combat. By late January, the French forces managed to retrieve a number of northern cities and towns from the control of the Islamic extremists.
When the extremists controlled the towns, they targeted Christian Believers who are a minority. They beat them and told them that they will not be allowed to worship. In one of the towns freed by the French, Believers, who are a minority, praised the French troops for their assault against the extremists without any casualty. In spite of the relief and joy, there is also anxiousness and doubts about Mali’s shaky military force and their ability to keep these extremists from regaining control of these northern cities.
Pray Psalm 91 protection over Christians and the innocent people in Mali (The Bible, Psalm 91).
Pray for wisdom from God so the Malian government will know how to make their nation safe from terrorists (The Bible, Daniel 2:21).
Pray that the Tuaregs will have a “Road to Damascus” experience, and enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 9).
Pray God will use Christians in Mali to reach the entire nation with the Gospel (The Bible, Matthew 28:18-19).
This article originally appeared in the March 2013 Edition of the Win 10/40 Reporter.
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