MALI HORSES SUFFER LIBYA WAR FALL-OUT
BY LADY KHAMIS (‘thegirlwholoveskhamis’)
A recovered Belomou the horse, with happy owner Sine, after they went to the SPANA organisation in Mali for treatment for Belomou’s wounds following a wagon accident.
In Mbera, in Mauritania – just across the border from Mali – stand 500,000 animals. They are trying to survive in the arid Sahara Desert – alongside 80,000 desperate people living in tents in a sprawling refugee camp.
About 50,000 of the animals are equids – horses, donkeys and mules.
Both the humans and their animals were displaced by the recent war in Mali – but the real reason that they are here actually goes a little further back; to the West’s war on Libya in 2011.
The charity SPANA, which has its headquarters in London in the UK, is doing magnificent work helping these animals. In doing so, they are aiding their owners to survive too.
SPANA’S chief executive, Jeremy Hulme, has reported in an excellent article he has written in the charity’s magazine, how the “fall of Colonel Gaddafi” has caused “disastrous consequences” for the entire region.
Although the article does not mention them by name, it is about the Tuareg people – who have fought so courageously to establish their beloved homeland of Azawad. But the West has continually thwarted this – via their corrupt African proxy leaders – to keep up the Western subversion of Africa and the colonial domination of Africa by France.
This is why France played such a pivotal role in their covert invasion of Libya in 2011 and their more recent war on Mali. Both were ‘interventions’ that were actually false flag operations using al-Qaeda.
Gaddafi had always been sympathetic to the freedom fighters of the Tuaregs and had sheltered many of them in Libya, giving them a home. Some of them were even recruited by Gaddafi as bodyguards for him or were trained to join his army.
The Tuaregs stayed loyal to him in 2011 and fought for him. The West pretended they were mercenaries and fomented ethnic tensions across Libya – ensuring innocent black people and immigrants were persecuted and slaughtered in huge numbers by Nato’s own mercenary rebel army.
This racism continues today.
Tragically, the Libyan Tuaregs are homeless again – stateless and arrested by the new Libyan ‘government’ if they dare to cross back over the border into Libya.
Many went back to Mali to fight the traitorous Mali government and its army – but found their new revolution to establish Azawad hijacked by al-Qaeda.
Returning to Hulme’s article, he reports how the situation in Mali, caused by the Libyan war, led to huge numbers of people migrating with their livestock to try and find safety and pasture. Many have ended up in Mbera.
SPANA had already trained more than 150 tribesmen as animal health workers. A UN agreement had arranged that they all had to be former fighters with their own animals and living in the community.
Their lives are an endless search for food and water. In helping horses and donkeys to survive and be healthy enough to work, their owners can then provide for both themselves and their families. For those who depend on an income from a working animal, a sick equid or camel means no food on the table for anyone…
Therefore, for people living in sub-Saharan Africa, animals are as an important part of peoples’ lives as their own families.
Tribesmen know that they must respect their animals. They revere their camels so much that they have 50 words in the Tamasheq language to describe all their different coat colours.
Thanks to SPANA and their supporters, six water wells are being installed for the equids and other types of livestock living in the camp. If the people are to survive then so must their starving animals.
But the people complain that, while they have food and water from UN aid: “There’s a long way to go before the West recognises the fundamental link between pastoralists and their animals, and the economic and political disasters that arise from standing back and watching animals die”.
I ask: does the West really care? The UN should be helping animals, but if they do not want to help them, then at least they must understand that this only adds to their owners’ struggle to survive…
SPANA vets treating Belamou who was injured in Mali.
(This is another article I have written for Prince Khamis, as we both love horses).