Mali Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Sunday ended a five-day tour of the restive central region where he has vowed to beef up security, days after the UN humanitarian coordinator decried the “drastic toll” from violence there.
On Sunday Cisse ended his tour with a visit to the village of Hombori whose chief was recently killed by suspected terrorist attackers.
On Saturday in Bandiaga, a Dogons stronghold , Cisse spoke of his “firm determination” to ease the intercommunal tensions.
The previous day in Bankass, near the border with Burkina Faso, the Malian prime minister called on all sides to “overcome their resentment and their bruises” .
On Thursday Cisse launched an operation to distribute 8,000 tonnes of cereals to the local communities to help battle the levels of food insecurity which it is believed will ease the tensions between communities, said local heads of communities who were involved in meetings organised during his visit.
Despite military help from France and the United Nations, Mali’s government is struggling to calm violence that began in the north of the country in 2012, sparked by Tuareg militias.