Fulani Malians face vulnerability to radicalization as marginalization and Islamist conflict persist
- Spread throughout West and Central Africa, the semi-nomadic ethnic Fulani are being targeted in Mali by Islamist groups like the Massina Liberation Front (MLF).
- The MLF have carried out targeted assassinations of critics as violence has spread from Mali’s desert north to its more populous southern cities.
- Observers worry that the spread of Islamist sympathy amongst the Fulani following reports of targeted violence by the military could regionalize the current conflict.
“We see Fulanis as very marginalized in Mali, even from their own leaders. … They are forming a rebellion.”
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