|New PM Diango Cissoko (Left). Photo via The Guardian|
Tea Time with Tuaregs. Photo via The Guardian
According to a recent article by IRIN, preliminary estimates by humanitarian groups claim that over 700,000 could be displaced from an intervention, which includes 300,000 IDPs and over 400,000 refugees who would flee to Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and Algeria – putting further stress on many countries who are barely holding it together as it is.
Whether the intervention be led by the UN or ECOWAS, the intervening bodies need to weigh the humanitarian consequences with the potential benefit (or lack thereof) of an intervention. If an intervention does not have the near guarantee of being successful, would it not be more wise to let the situation be solved nationally through politics and diplomacy and let thousands of Malians remain alive and in their home country?