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Since 2012, Mali has faced significant instability, increasing episodes of violence and ongoing tensions generated by separate but interlinked issues, including scarcity of resources, longstanding intercommunal tensions, poor governance and weak provision of services. In such a context, various armed and terrorist groups have established their presence in Mali, initially in the north of the country but with a clear shift towards the centre and the south in recent years.

Risks and technology options 

The Report describes how terrorist, violent extremist and organized criminal groups are trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to expand their activities and jeopardize the efficacy and credibility of response measures by governments. 

The COVID-19 crisis has amplified misinformation and disinformation on social media and has created new opportunities for violent non-state actors.  

Henrike Trautmann,
Acting Director for the Neighbourhood South,
DG NEAR, European Commission                                                                                               

Antonia Marie De Meo, Director of UNICRI   

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