Mali’s Bellah: an entry point for reconciliation and reconstruction

Insecurity and the quasi-absence of the State in Northern Mali, especially since the beginning of the Mali War in January 2012, have had a devastating impact on the lives of the Bellah. These people are now seeking inclusion in the peace efforts led by the international community. In the midst of this deadly conflict1, groups such as the Bellah can provide an alternative entry point for reconciliation and reconstruction.