Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Insurgents disrupt life in Diabaly, leaving residents fearing for lives

The Malian town of Diabaly is recovering after days of iron-fisted rule of Islamist insurgents. French troops have driven them out of this dusty town of 40,000 residents, but the people here remain thoroughly rattled. Horror stories of soldiers looting, defacing property and threatening civilians have begun to emerge.

The Islamist army stormed through Diabaly last week, ruining the church, smashing away its cross and decapitating religious statues.

The Islamist army stormed through Diabaly last week, ruining the church, smashing away its cross and decapitating religious statues.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Diabaly, french troops, jihadists, Mali, defectors, terror


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Islamist army stormed through Diabaly last week, ruining the church, smashing away its cross and decapitating religious statues. A pharmacy was looted and homes destroyed. Defecting Malian soldiers joined the melee, local resident said.

French and Malian soldiers swept in and liberated the town to the cheers of the townspeople. After launching airstrikes and a final strike, the French military recaptured Diabaly from Islamist rebels. The emotional scars they have left, however will linger here for generations.

"They are not Muslims," 53-year-old resident Oua Diarra said. "Muslims cannot be thieves. Muslims cannot loot. These men were terrorists.

"The Islamists punished the children simply for crying at the terrible things that they saw ... We were so terrified."

The jihadists were driven out before their form of Shariah law over the town's people, threatening to do so once their grip on the town had been consolidated.

"Most of us, the people of the town, had not been touched by the Islamists, but we knew that it would not be long," one man said. Bringing his family into the town square to shake hands and take photographs with the French soldiers, he added that "They had threatened to punish anyone who broke their laws."

"The Islamists came with food and said they would soon teach us Islamic law," Mema Diakate says. "We knew that eventually we would not be able to stand here -- to come outside and laugh and lead our lives."

Some residents described the rebels as "outsiders" and "foreigners" and said they included some "Arab men." Witnesses also claim fighters from Chad, Somalia and even Afghanistan were among them. Deserters from the Malian army, failing in their efforts to protect the town, dumped their uniforms and joined the enemy.

Many residents are critical of the inability of the Malian army to hold the garrison town.

They recall dozens of fighters, perhaps as many as 200, managing to flee in a convoy of 4x4 vehicles. Some headed north into the desert while others vanished into forest.

The French military as it advances north from Diabaly remain acutely aware that while their enemy is melting away, it hasn't disappeared.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha Files Special Report From Nigeria: Protecting God's Gifts of Life and Family Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha is an African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is also the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of a Culture of Life in Africa  through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education. She has written several articles including the

By Ms Obianuju Ekeocha and Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo

In response to the encroaching Culture of Death, the increasing violation of the sanctity of human life around the world, and in line with Pope Francis' call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Catholic Bishops, priests, religious ... continue reading


Diabolical new ISIS video shows two groups of Christians brutally executed Watch

Image of The video depicts two groups of men, one in orange jumpsuits and the other in black, being killed at different locations in Libya.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a malefic new Islamist State video, two separate groups of Christians are seen being led bound before being executed. The victims are thought to be Ethiopian Christians killed in Libya. The terror network's media arm, al-Furqan Media video is entitled "Until ... continue reading


Islamic State may have trouble infiltrating Morocco. Six jihadists detained for plotting terrorist attacks Watch

Image of A U.S. Marine and a Moroccan army soldier train together, part of a growing number of programs where Western militaries conduct drills with African nations in order to help them combat Islamic jihadists.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

At least six members of a terrorist cell that had ties to the Islamic State were arrested in Morocco, Moroccan authorities announced on Monday. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This cell was planing attacks on behalf of the Islamic State, and apparently had ... continue reading


Archaeologists amazingly uncover potential oldest tools in the world Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The oldest tools known to man was created about to 3.4 million years ago. Recent findings stated that the tools found at the archaeological site, Lomekwi 3, in Kenya are even older than the tools believed to be the oldest, about 2.6 years older. The findings were ... continue reading


At least 2,000 girls and women kidnapped by Boko Haram for illicit purposes Watch

Image of Protesters in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

By Emma Farge and Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. DAKAR/LONDON ... continue reading


#BringBackOurGirls: One year since the massive Boko Haram kidnapping and 219 Chibok schoolgirls are still missing Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were horrifically kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok by Boko Haram. Exactly one year later, the whereabouts of 219 of those young girls remains unknown. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since Boko Haram severely ... continue reading


Satellite images show Boko Haram's horrible handiwork as town wiped from Earth Watch

Image of Since the start of 2014, there has been at least 300 raids and attacks carried out by Boko Haram against civilians.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Satellite images reveal the horrible handiwork of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. The armed militants wiped Bama, a city in northern Nigeria from the face of the Earth. Stories are emerging of women and elderly persons being burned alive in their own ... continue reading


ISIS hacks popular French television network Watch

Image of French television network TV5 Monde has been hacked by a group claiming ISIS affiliation.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The Islamic State's grip on the world is strengthening more and more. This terrorist nebula that began by attacking cities and innocent people in the Middle East and North Africa has acquired enough ability to expand further. The engineers ISIS draws from North Africa ... continue reading


Islamic extremism continues to raid Tunisia with deadly ambushes Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The war against terrorism initiated by the Tunisian authorities does not seem to be ending soon. The country's security services lack experience in this war against an invisible enemy and are struggling to ensure security in the whole territory. ALGIERS, ALGERIA ... continue reading


Obama's excessive drone strikes in Somalia intensifies hate against Christians and the U.S. Watch

Image of President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States'

By Abigail James (News Consortium)

President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States' "low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism." As war and death plague places like Somalia and Yemen every day, President Obama continues to issue airstrikes with drones. LOS ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:1-18
1 The apostles and the brothers in Judaea heard that ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3, 4
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:1-10
1 'In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 27th, 2015 Image

St. Zita
April 27: St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter