Mass graves found in country’s north
The United Nations’ peacekeeping mission has uncovered mass graves in a region of northern Mali beset by conflict between rival groups, the mission said Saturday.
Fighting between Tuareg groups has intensified in recent weeks there, threatening to derail a 2015 peace agreement.
The U.N. mission has investigated reports of human rights abuses and had confirmed 34 cases in the area, including “enforced disappearances” of minors. Minors may have also been involved in the recent fighting, the mission said.
A Tuareg insurrection in 2012 created a power vacuum in northern Mali, once a popular destination for adventurous tourists, that has turned it into a launchpad for Islamist militant attacks across the Sahara.