Transnational resistance against land grabbing in Mali

The bus of Afrique-Europe-Interact on its way to Sanamadougou (March 2015)

Renewed protests by the inhabitants of Sanamadougou and Sahou By the European section of Afrique-Europe-Interact The two villages, Sanamadougou and Sahou, in Mali, have been fighting for the past five years against eviction from their land by the large-scale investor Modibo Keita. This is the reason for yet another large-scale action by the farmers on the 2nd of June 2015 ā€“ followed by an open-ended sit-in by the affected farmers. The transnational network Afrique-Europe-Interact (which consists of grassroots initiatives in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Tunisia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands) supports this protest, specifically requesting to money donations and solidarity actions outside Malian embassies in Europe (1). After a long period of stagnation, in May 2014 several campaigns in Mail and Germany succeeded in putting considerable pressure not only on the responsible investor but also on the Malian authorities. The fact that Modibo Keita received a credit over 16.8 million euros from the African Development Bank in September 2014 only because he deliberately made false statements concerning the current state of the conflict over land between him and the two villages, only became public through these protests and seems to have contributed to this pressure. The following text summarises the current situation ā€“ including giving an account of the history of 5 years of resistance in Sanamadougou and Sahou. – See more at:

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