Christians fleeing Mali as local leaders try to create peace
The Algerian newspaper El Khabar has reported that some 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in Mauritania and Algeria.
In August, the UN Secretary-General has also spoken out and encouraged the Security Council to consider taking more action such as travel and financial sanctions against those responsible for the violence.
United Nations Secretary-General
August 8, 2012
"I am also extremely concerned about reports that armed groups in the north are committing serious human rights violations, including summary executions of civilians, rapes and torture.â?
The "Ansar Dineâ? group, which is said to have ties with al-Qaida, has also been responsible for destroying nine of the 16 mausoleums in the country's capital of Timbuktu. These places had previously been classified as world heritage UNESCO sites.
The country's High Islamic Council has opened talks with "Ansar Dineâ? in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution. In the meantime, thousands continue to flee and face shortages of food, water and basic health services.