Mali is a historically renowned African country that gained independence in 1960 after years of struggle against the French colonial rule. Now, 63 years after independence, Mali, just like many of its neighbors, is still struggling to end the French domination.
Since attaining independence, this West African state has been afflicted by rebellions, insurrections, and coups, some of which were backed and instigated by its former colonial power, France.
The current government in Mali came to power in May 2021 amid an anti-France wave in the country. The people of Mali have had enough of French neo-colonialism and now want true political and economic sovereignty.
Due to popular demand, French troops have been ejected from Mali, but this colonial power is intent on striking back. Mali had to cancel this year's independence celebrations after attacks by separatist rebels in the northern region of the country.
So, who is behind the current insurgency in Mali? This week, we are focusing on the situation in Mali as the country marks 63 years of independence from France.
The second segment of our program is on the recent decision by Burkina Faso to expel the French defense attaché from the country amid reports that he was carrying out subversive activities.