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الخميس 5 نوفمبر 2009

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What choice was left for the Tuareg?

Since Independence 1960, the geo-politics of development, played out - in a comparatively different way- within Algeria, Libya, Mali and Niger, Tuareg peoples lacked advocates and empowerment to stake their claim in having a say in their daily life and equity in sharing out the nation’s resources, including the inward flow of international assistance and aid.

In these governments the distinction often made between ‘ethnic group’ and ‘nation’ is a political choice stemming from the idea that nation is inherent to ‘nationalism’, which is inherent to ‘state’, which is expressed in the term ‘nation-state’.

This is why Tuareg peoples were (and still are) politically restive with central governments whom they consider racist, autocratic, biased and unrepresentative.

- With these governments all rank high in the list from Transparency International for being corrupt and failed.

- With energy greedy world taking advantage of Tuareg lands being in (Zero Zone).

- With  40  years  of  mining  that  damaged  valuable  Tuareg  pastoral  lands  and contaminated their groundwater resources.

- With revenues have failed to benefit the Tuareg.

Massacred, exterminated, uprooted, isolated, cut off from their traditional lifestyle, destroyed livelihood,  exploited, impoverished, homeless, hopeless, and feeling of having no future, with the lack of international community resolve, the  choice  left  for  the  Tuareg is: to rebel and rebel ……until  such  a  time  as  these  corrupt governments  and  its  partners (Energy Companies)  come  to  the  fact  that  President  Obama  highlighted  in  Cairo (suppressing idea never succeed in making them go away).    

Stream of geologists from France, China, India, Canada, Australia and Italy scouring ever deeper into Tuareg grazing lands. Little seas of flags, used to mark potential mining areas, sprang up everywhere .Is there any piece of land left for the Tuareg?

Source: 1-CONFERENCE MINE AFRICA LONDON 1st DEC 2008, A PRESENTATION OF Mr.M.Diarra, Mister of Mines, Energy and Water.  2- Carte IGN - Niger (2000) - Carte de découpage des titres miniers - République du Niger (Direction des  mines). - La Roue de L'Histoire, n°370, 2007. 

Aboubaker


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