Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA walk in the desert near Tabankort, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/SOULEYMANE AG ANARA
MENAKA, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Life has never been easy in Moussa Majga’s corner of northern Mali, a desert region of leafless trees, mud huts and roaming gunmen.
For years, violence has plagued Majga’s dusty town, the scene of clashes between government forces and Tuareg-led separatists who took advantage of a 2012 coup in Mali’s capital Bamako to escalate their uprising.
But today, the biggest security concern for the ageing chieftain is a new cycle of ferocious droughts he blames on climate change, that is savaging his people.
“There is a crisis due to the lack of rain,” says Majga, sporting a white robe and thick, knock-off designer watch, during a community meeting in the town now controlled by the rebel Movement for the National Liberation of Azawad (MNLA).
A dozen local residents nod in agreement…
Drought no doubt does not help. But nowhere in this article is the explosive population growth rate mentioned — that might be impolite, even racist.
It is high time people realized how little African population has been publicized: it has been ignored over and over as this article makes clear.
The floods of people arriving in Europe from Africa will not stop: even the drought cleared up tomorrow and jihad ceased, the numbers of people would continue to relentlessly grow.
The Sahel area has always been marginal and the main stream media does no one any favours by trying to de-emphasize how much of the problem is caused by sheer numbers and not drought and jihad.
It seems clear to me that limited resources plus a growing population will inevitably lead to conflict. In Islamic Mali that will take the form of jihad.
I am not even prepared to blame Islam. The book by Jared Diamond, “Collapse” says that Rwanda massacres (in largely non-Muslim areas) were at least part driven by the expanding population. The book includes actual figures of how inherited plots of land were growing smaller and smaller. He said his students did not want to hear about that — as per usual, it is politically incorrect.
CIA World Factbook entry on Mali that gives Total Fertility Rate as 6.16: #2 worldwide (second only to equally poor Niger).