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Abuse reports to raise distrust of Sahel peacekeepers

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Significance

MINUSMA has been embroiled in a controversy concerning the presence of a peacekeepers’ camp in the northern Malian town of Aguelhok, where some residents claim that the peacekeepers (particularly Chadian soldiers) have committed human rights violations.

Impacts

  • The information war surrounding the MINUSMA camp in Aguelhok highlights the role of social media in conflict.
  • The UN, France and other external actors are increasingly concerned about disinformation in the Sahel.
  • Despite a record of domestic represssion, Chad takes a more nuanced posture abroad and will sometimes hold soldiers accountable for abuses.

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