Mali conflict inflames ethnic tensions

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Muslims gather for a prayer marking Tabaski (Eid al-Adha) in Gao on October 15, 2013.

Mali conflict inflames ethnic tensions


GAO, 23 October 2013 (IRIN) - Mali’s recent conflict has degraded social relations, leading to fears of reprisals among some of the displaced and posing major hurdles to reconciliation, observers say.

Mali plunged into chaos with the March 2012 ouster of President Amadou Toumani Touré, which eased the capture of the country’s north by Tuareg separatist rebels, who were later dislodged by heavily armed Islamist militants.

Across Mali, many blamed the Tuareg and Arabs for helping the Islamis...


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