Leaders from five neighboring countries met in Mali with President Keïta a few days ago to resolve Mali’s political crisis. The heads of state failed to find a solution, so discussions continue today via video conferencing.
Protests began weeks ago following spring elections. Today, demonstrators call for Keïta’s resignation, saying he has failed to address jihadist violence, corruption, and Mali’s economic challenges.
The stakes are high. If Mali’s political unrest continues, it could undermine efforts to keep terrorists at bay in West Africa. “This high-level mission is a clear illustration of the importance of Mali [and] the fear from neighboring countries,” says Illia Djadi, Senior Analyst of Religious Freedom and Belief in Sub-Sahara Africa with Open Doors.
Militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have expanded from Mali into Niger and Burkina Faso. Their reach is ever-growing, and Christians are in the cross-hairs.
“Northern Mali [and] central Mali have become a haven for terrorist groups,” Djadi continues.
“Their aim is to eradicate Christianity in that region. As believers, we need to pay attention. What is happening in Mali will have repercussions for the whole region.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for political leaders as they work to resolve Mali’s crisis.
- Ask the Lord to protect His followers in West Africa.
- Christian missionaries operating in Mali live under the constant threat of abduction, and some have been kidnapped by jihadists. Pray for much grace and courage for the Church as believers live out their mission in Mali.