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A Reflection Essay

984 words - 4 pages

Country- Colombia
Committee- Security Coucil
Topic- The Republic of Mali
Background
Mali, originally a French colony is a landlocked country in West Africa. In the past, the
country has been referred to the epitome of democracy. That was until the March of
2012, when soldiers overthrew the government of President Toure in the capital city of
Bamako. The soldiers were disappointed in how the government dealt with a rebellion
by rebels notoriously known as the Tauregs. Just before the government was overthrown,
Toureg rebels seized a large portion in the Northernmost part of Mali. The Touregs, a
part of National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) along with the
Islamist Ansar Dine rebels took over the part of Mali with intention of making it an
independent Islamic state. This eventually started the speculation that the area would
become a place for terrorists to seek refuge. Later the Ansar Dine group left the MNLA
and formed an alliance with the al-quida of Islamist Maghareb (AQIM) to start
conquering the rest of Northern Mali. The Islamists are more powerful than the MNLA
due to the amount of money, land, and experience they have. They are not only a danger
to the MNLA, but the whole country itself because of the military background and
support from al-queida. This dispute has also brought up humanitarian injustices from
genocides to child soldiers. Though their goals are different, some fear that the
consequences of them being fulfilled can create chaos amongst the people of Mali and the
countries surrounding them. Just in January of this year, the French took armed action
due to the Mali's unwillingness to take any military action. They deployed troops on

ground to try and dislodge the rebels. It is necessary to find solutions to eradicate this
ongoing war between the rebel forces before it impacts the people outside of the borders.
United Nations Involvement
The government of Mali has taken little to no effort in stopping the rebel forces, calling
in support for international help from the United Nations and other organizations to help
unify their scattered country. The Economic Community of the West African State
(ECOWAS) and the African Union aim to having Mali in a state of stability. They have
pleaded for military assistance from the United Nations to halt rebel forces and restore
order. The United Nations Security Council responded to these requests by forming
resolution 2071. Since the humanitarian crisis in Mali is declining rapidly, this resolution
demanded that armed groups call an end to human rights abuses and humanitarian
injustices in Northern Mali. This crisis includes the growing problem of child soldiers.
The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) implores the help of the community to
keep the innocent children of Mali out of harms way. The document also called for the
Secretary- General to assist ECOWAS and the African Union with military and security
planners (res. 2071: 7). Since this battle is recent and still...

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