The Dafi, Samoko, Fulani, Dogon and Bozo communities of the Baye municipality, located in the area (“circle”) of Bankass and the region of Mopti in Mali, signed a peace agreement on Thursday, 25 July 2019 in Baye. The Agreement puts an end to a year-long intercommunal conflict among these communities.
The Baye Agreement is a result of mediation efforts supported in the past month by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD). Signed by five community leaders on behalf of the parties, the Agreement puts an end to a year of intercommunal conflicts marked by the loss of lives, displacement of populations, massive theft of livestock and severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of goods and persons.
Through this Agreement, both communities have committed to:
“Since the Ogossagou massacre and with the intensification of clashes between armed groups, the smooth functioning of the 2019 transhumance period and agricultural season is severely under threat,” said Abdel Kader Sidibé, HD’s Head of Mission for the Sahel. “The Agreement symbolizes the willingness of the Baye communities to reverse this trend and can foster other similar initiatives.” Originating from the struggle for access to natural resources, this conflict was exacerbated by the strong presence of community armed groups and jihadists in the Circle of Bankass.
The mediation process, which was supported by HD, brought together and engaged all the leaders of the different communities, women and youth, members of the municipality of Baye, state authorities, as well as elected officials. The community leaders involved in the process informed local armed groups at each step to ensure their support in the implementation of the Agreement.
HD intends to continue its work by supporting the follow-up committee created at the time of the signature and which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Agreement.
The Baye Agreement is part of HD’s mediation efforts aiming to support stabilization efforts in the border regions of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
HD would like to express its gratitude to Canada for its support to its activities in the region.
A copy of the Baye Peace Agreement is available here: https://www.hdcentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Accord-de-Baye.pdf
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