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Mali campaigners 'persuade 200 young jihadists to disarm'

French and Malian flags fly over so-called Pinasse boat on the river Bani, a branch of the river Niger, at the commercial port of the central Malian city of Mopti on March 15, 2013Two hundred young Malian jihadists are ready to lay down their weapons as part of a new government and civil society deradicalisation programme, its organisers said Tuesday. Some of the youths, aged between 16 and 30, had mounted attacks in the central Mopti region over the past year as members of the Macina Liberation Front, sources within the campaign said. “For the last few weeks, we have overseen talks with and an awareness campaign for young people who had joined radical armed groups in the centre of Mali,” said Hama Cisse, a former mayor of a Mopti district.

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