Along the mighty Niger River, fewer fish and more jihadists

Ousmane Djebare Djenepo, wearing sunglasses and an easy smile, stands upright to show off the mighty Niger River which is flowing around his traditional wooden canoe, or pirogue.
Men carry the coffin of Ould Sidati, president of the Co-ordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) onto a United Nations helicopter ahead of his burial in Timbuktu on April 16, 2021
Slain Mali rebel leader Ould Sidati burried
The funeral of a rebel leader in northern Mali, Sidi Brahim Ould Sidati, who was gunned down Tuesday by unknown assailants in Bamako, took place on Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga
Mali's interim govt sets date for general election next year
Mali will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in February next year, the country’s interim government announced on Thursday.
Ould Sidati, shown here in 2015, "really worked for peace and unity in Mali," the UN representative in the country, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said on social media
Former Mali rebel leader turned peacebroker shot dead
A rebel leader in northern Mali who was a signatory to a crucial 2015 peace accord was killed Tuesday in the capital Bamako, a killing quickly denounced by senior figures in the Sahel nation.
Late Malian politician Soumaila Cisse greets supporters as he arrives at his home in Bamako, on October 9, 2020, a day after his release
Malian 'hostage intermediary' claims officials paid a € 2 mln ransom
An intermediary involved in the October release of four hostages in Mali claims that Malian officials paid 2 million euros to jihadists for one of the hostages, the late Malian opposition leader, Soumaïla Cissé.
Mali has been trying to contain an Islamic extremist insurgency since 2012
4 UN peacekeepers killed in northern Mali
Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an attack by jihadists on their camp in Aguelhok in northern Mali, the U.N. mission in Mali said Friday.
France, the former colonial power, intervened in Mali in 2013 to beat back jihadists, and now has some 5,100 soldiers deployed across the Sahel
France defends army's 'honour' after UN says Mali civilians killed
France's defence minister said she would not allow the honour of French forces to be "sullied" on Thursday, two days after the UN said a French strike killed 19 civilians in Mali.