WEST AFRICA – Globe Afrique has learned that children in Mali are not only physical victims of Islamic terrorist’s insurgency, the insecurity and conflict in the West African region is also preventing an estimated 200,000 children from enrolling and staying in school, according to globe human rights watchdog group, Amnesty International (AI).
According to AI, more 510 schools are presently closed in northern and central Mali because of the operations of heavily armed groups in the area.
While closing the schools and denying children a right to education remain a major concern, the increase in schools’ closures in the war-ravaged West African nation were brought about by the increase violence by armed groups over the past years.
“Tens of thousands of children are paying a high price as violence and insecurity continue in the north and has now spread to the central region of Mali,” said Amnesty West Africa researcher Gaetan Mootoo.
Adding, “The denial of their right to education has reached a crisis point” .
The human rights reports also brings attention to and shines light on the “appalling conditions” in Mali’s prisons, including overcrowded and poorly ventilated cells.
Authorities confirmed that About 1,200 prisoners are being held in the main prison in the capital, Bamako, for example – three times its capacity, Amnesty said.