Mass graves found in coun­try’s north

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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