Mali: 'Til Death!' Say North Youth

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Youth in northern Mali are exasperated by the politics plaguing their homeland. Since Islamist rebels and Tuaregs took over, the internet has provided a place for them to congregate, seeking solutions to the upheaval. Some pledge to fight until they die.

Youths in a small town on the border between southern and northern Mali created a Facebook page to discuss the region's plight and through which to organize themselves. Social media seems to be the only tool they have to defend themselves, athough the page, entitled 'DouentzaGroupe', has gone offline in the last 24 hours.

In fact, most of these youth live outside Douentza. They may study or work in southern Mali, in Equatorial Guinea or as far away as Europe, like the Facebook page's creator, IbrahimaCisse in Grenoble, France.

Cisse was inspired by the youth demonstration in Gao, although the situation in his hometown, is different.

"Gao is a regional capital, where there are structures," he says, also speaking to RNW by phone. "The youth are relatively well organized. There are people who remained there. Much of the population left Douentza at the beginning of the rebellion. Today, there is almost nothing left to organize a revolt."

Clandestine organization via internet is thus useful. "The information I get on Facebook, consists of messages from a station that I cannot name, in Douentza," he says. "A young man uses the internet connection from an administrative service to send information to me. The cybercafé of a local radio in Douentza, I do not know if it still works."