Mali: what we must get right before world's attention falls elsewhere

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from The Guardian
Published on 19 Feb 2013 View Original

Mali needs aid donors to focus on resilience, a clear mission for peacekeepers, and peace-building at grassroots in the north

Mali, long on the international backburner, is now having its moment in prime-time. Media from around the world have breathlessly covered the lightning offensive by French and Malian military forces and the liberation of the legendary city of Timbuktu. But the limelight is already beginning to fade, obscuring that the hardest task is yet to come. Restoring a degree of normality in northern Mali will mean dealing with a humanitarian emergency and building peace amid weak governance and worsening ethnic tensions.

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