Mali: Concerns for public security as armed expatriates return from Libya

The Association des femmes pour les Initiatives de Paix (AFIP), an IANSA member in Mali, is  concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the north of the country, as large groups of Malian expatriates return to the country from Libya. They report that some of the returnees worked as mercenaries in Libya and are bringing small arms back into Mali. AFIP calls for urgent government action to prevent outbreaks of violence by detecting and destroying caches of small arms, supporting village leaders and promoting the involvement of women and young people in community work for peace. They also recommend that a hotline should be set up where people can share information and help authorities respond quickly to signs of violence. Read their statement here:

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