It was over the weekend: the leaders of the West African organization met by video. On the menu with discussions including the spread of Covid-19 and the situation in Mali.
As for Covid, there is nothing very encouraging, period The country in Burkina Faso: “the death rate from the African pandemic exceeds the world average. And to make matters worse, the variant of the virus discovered in South Africa is now spreading like wildfire. ”
Then, of course, Burkinabé continues daily, ”ECOWAS has seen the need to jointly consider the delivery of vaccines to the West African region. Purpose: to obtain vaccines at significantly reduced prices. (…) However, knowing the behavior of ECOWAS known for its bureaucratic nature, we have reason to be pessimistic about a diligent supply of Member States, Le Pays believes. In short, as always and in almost all areas, Africa is linked to the basques of others. In this desperate race for vaccines against Covid-19, the black continent is conspicuous by its absence. ”
Today , still in Burkina, do not agree: bravo to ECOWAS, the newspaper exclaims. ECOWAS, which has taken “two major decisions”, points out: “setting a single price for the sub-area of the PCR test and setting up a vaccine fund. (…) To be able to make ‘group purchases’ at competitive prices and vaccinate Africans, we do not ask for better, believe today at the time of this second wave and the multiplication of clusters because of the relaxation barrier measures and the unimaginable rejection. “
Vaccines: Africa lags behind …
For now, remember The young Africa, “No country on the African continent has so far launched a real vaccination campaign.” Specifically, the Pan-African Week states, while “Western countries, more affected but especially richer, are creating traffic jams by ensuring, like Canada, enough to vaccinate up to three times their population, in Africa, delivery vaccines promised by Covax equipment to help developing countries are long overdue, faced with the urgent need to contain a second wave that is much more virulent than the first, with in particular the arrival of the South African variant releasing AU funds, and some countries negotiating directly with foreign laboratories (especially in Russia and China). At the end of December, the NGO Oxfam estimated that 70 poor countries could vaccinate only one in ten inhabitants by this year 2021. “
Malian soldiers in power warned
Another topic addressed by West African leaders over the weekend: the situation in Mali …
The heads of state and government of ECOWAS have slapped their fists on the table, the place notes Maliwebby “demanding that the authorities in the Malian transition respect the election calendar and the dissolution of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, CNSP, this military organization that overthrew the IBK regime last August.”
In fact, Maliweb specifies, “to date, no official action has been taken to announce its dissolution. The soldiers who make up the CNSP have all been appointed to positions of responsibility in the transitional bodies, and their shadow continues to hang over the major decisions made by the Malian leadership. This promotes anger among the political class and other observers of the situation in Mali, who condemn the excessive militarization of the transition. “
Mopti region: violence center
Finally still on the topic of Mali to read this great study of World Africa in the Mopti region in the center of the country. Region where “the majority of the violence suffered by civilians is concentrated. (…) Le Monde Afrique points out since 2016 that tensions between the Fulani and Dogon communities have spread into increasingly brutal violence that spares neither women nor children. This fratricidal war takes place far from the headlights of the French operation Barkhane, which tracks jihadists in the north and east of the country. “
The core of this conflict specifies Le Monde Afrique, the division of land and water in this highly populated region, hard hit by global warming with repeated droughts.