OUR FRIENDS THE TUAREGS – RAPED BY FRANCE’S GREED FOR URANIUM
AND VICTIMS OF THE WEST’S FALSE FLAG 2013 WAR ON MALI: ARMY TOLD TO “LEAVE AL-QAEDA ALONE”
BY LADY KHAMIS
France tested its first nuclear bomb on the land of the Tuareg people in the Sahara Desert in 1960 – it was four times more powerful than the one America had inflicted on Hiroshima…
It was also in 1960 that Niger and Mali both became independent countries from their colonial master – but, in truth, France never did let go. It has cruelly continued to use Niger and Mali – both containing the Tuaregs unofficially recognised homeland of Azawad – as their playgrounds ever since.
Al-Jazeera UK has done a largely excellent three-part series titled ‘The Orphans of the Sahara’. Its three one-hour programmes tell the harrowing suffering of the Tuareg people of North Africa following the removal of Muammar Gaddafi from power in Libya.
They show the brutal life that France has inflicted upon these people – in Niger, by stealing the wealth of the rich uranium mines for themselves, and in Mali, where an army general startling reveals how the government told the army to “leave al-Qaeda alone”… The war of ‘intervention’ by the West in 2013 was just another false flag operation.
Despite a little anti-Gaddafi propaganda from the documentary makers, the films tell the story of how much the Tuaregs miss him and how life has changed for them now that he can no longer protect them – they have the lowest quality of life of any people on earth.
The Tuaregs are the indigenous people of the world’s largest desert – the Sahara. Their land of Azawad was divided by colonial history. Gaddafi opened up his borders to them so that the herds of these pastoral people could flourish in Libya.
After Nato’s destruction of Libya in 2011, an act in which France played a huge part, a quarter of a million Tuareg workers and fighters were forced to leave the country and return to Niger – the poorest country on the planet.
They had been arrested, tortured and robbed of their money by Libyan rebels – and thrown out of their adopted home of Libya. They are now homeless and penniless. With no passports or papers, some risk their lives trying to return to the rebel-held country.
One brigade leader tells how most of his fighters were killed in the war, as well as his father. He grew up in Libya and speaks of his continual sadness that he does not know what to do with his life anymore.
All the Tuaregs benefited from Gaddafi. They tell of how everything they built was because of him and that “we are crying for his loss”, says one.
But after the war, they found upon returning to Niger that climate change had made the area even more arid and lifeless, adding to the misery of the people and the starvation of their animals.
Despite being in an area of astounding natural resources – one of the most prosperous in the world – they are living in a “dying world of drought”. For Niger has one of the richest uranium mines ever found – but few benefits ever reach the people. So the Tuaregs remain poor and isolated.
They found there were no schools and no hospitals. For those lucky enough to discover water and pastures, some find that even the water-well is a four-hour walk away from their pastures. Makeshift wells are dangerous – with lethal sand collapses an ever-present threat.
For those who have to continue their search for water and pastures, distressing footage of their animals that have either starved to death or are on the brink of doing so is shown in graphic detail. Hundreds of thousands have already met this fate.
The north of Niger is where the country’s most precious resources are found – and the French ensure they have them.
The French took the uranium from the Tuaregs’ land here – and it made France strong and prosperous. It gave the French light – and for decades now, they have been dependent on Niger to continue this. But the Tuaregs see nothing of this prosperity…
“It makes our hearts burn that we don’t see even a little bit of this wealth”, says one.
The French nuclear company Areva works the mine, in the Arlit area of the Agadez region in northern Niger, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Shockingly, Areva even refuses to hire any Tuaregs to work for them. Instead, most of its workers are brought up from southern Niger – hundreds of kilometres away. This is how France regards the Tuaregs…
The mine produces millions of tons of radioactive waste – and it makes the Tuaregs sick with illness. It also causes nerve disorders.
One couple featured in the programme live near the mine. They feed their animals only on dry food – as the pasture makes their herds ill; when their precious livestock eat it, they die. A nearby well is so contaminated that nearly every animal that drank from it perished. Children drinking from it also became sick.
The factory is right in the middle of the Tuaregs’ pastureland. The nuclear materials kill animals that are exposed to them or cause others to become handicapped. One camel is shown barely able to stand after she drank water from the well near the mine – she then gave birth to a dead calf…
The man and his wife also had a baby of their own – but it was born with a deformity. They took it to the Somair Mining Company Hospital – convinced it was malformed due to the radioactive waste. Somair is the name of the mine and the company that Areva uses.
The doctors told them: “The radiation came out in your child”. The baby then died…
Disturbingly, the couple could not get a document about this event. After continuing to campaign, the hospital eventually agreed to issue a death certificate – but when they collected it, the pair was stunned to see that the cause of death – radiation – had been completely omitted…
Shortly afterwards, speaking on the telephone to the doctor, he told them: “That is something I cannot write down on paper. It is true the baby is dead from radiation – but I cannot write that. We cannot write the word radiation on anything”.
The medic added that the couple had not originally been given a death certificate “because no-one gets one if you mention verbally the word radiation”.
Following the loss of the child, the wife found she was experiencing pain in the womb. The Somair Mining Company Hospital refused to treat her – dozens of sick local Tuaregs are regularly turned away by them. They told her to go to the city hospital – but treatment there costs money. Money the Tuareg people, thanks to France, do not have.
Another woman in the same situation is paralysed from the chest down – but no one will tell her why. She died shortly after filming…
No full environmental study has ever been authorised for this area. No proper independent medical study has ever been done. No investigation into the nervous system disorders or premature deaths.
Areva did its own study and, of course, gave themselves a clear conscience, denying everything and absolving itself of any blame.
Horrifically, France is now set to DOUBLE its mining production in northern Niger – with another new mine planned for the French and their clients.
The Imouraren Mine, named after the company that Areva is using for it, will make this an even more poisoned and waterless land – as millions more tons of radioactive waste will be produced…
When suspected local al-Qaeda rebels kidnapped some Areva workers in 2010 – with some suspected Tuareg involvement – this was portrayed in Western media as some kind of terrorist act. The truth of why it happened was utterly covered up. The kidnappers only wanted 20-30% of the mining profits (the least they deserve)…
You can bet that none of the huge profits that will come from Imouraren will be going to the locals.
Precious resources are also why the French have control of Mali – the mineral rich northern region here is the least explored of the Tuaregs’ traditional homeland areas.
As well as being forced out of Libya in 2011 and into Niger, many Tuaregs also had no choice but to return to Mali – taking with them the weapons that they had used to try and defend Libya.
They went to the northern desert, another part of their desired Azawad state. They too, found it another isolated place, remote from any normal services. Their animals also starved to death and this situation continues. There is no development and no aid assistance from the Mali government.
The Tuaregs have not controlled Azawad since the old, French colonialist war, when France gave Tuareg land to Mali – without the consent of the Tuaregs.
The French slaughtered all their animals. They then paraded the severed human heads of Tuareg leaders…
Decades later, in 2012, the Tuaregs launched the biggest uprising seen in the Mali area in over a century. It was a renewed bid to establish their beloved homeland of Azawad – a fight that has been going on against Malian rule since 1957. But their forces, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), found their revolution hijacked by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) and another rebel group, Ansar al-Dine.
Thanks to the war on Libya, Mali had become a powder keg in 2012.
The ensuing ‘intervention’ in Mali, by Britain and France in January 2013, was stated by Western politicians as a ‘necessary’ war to deal with the ‘threat of al-Qaeda’.
But, in truth, the Mali government lets al-Qaeda flourish in Mali.
The authorities even told an army general to “leave al-Qaeda alone”…
This is because the Mali government uses al-Qaeda as a bulwark against the Tuareg people and Azawad.
Drug smuggling is rife in Mali as the government secretly supports it – they use the profits from it to pay ethnic militias to keep on suppressing the Tuareg rebellion for Azawad.
(Although the programme does not mention it, the ‘intervention’ by the West was just another false flag operation – a covert war on the Tuaregs and Azawad – to keep them down and make sure France continues their colonial control. Due to the Islamists advance though, it has to be pointed out that some Tuaregs did briefly ‘side’ with the French. When Western media showed locals cheering the French, there were, in fact, not a Tuareg or an Arab amongst them)…
Paradoxically though, part of al-Qaeda is welcomed by some people – as they do provide clothes, charity provision etc. –including to those Tuaregs who want it. The recipients of this aid also say that it helps to strengthen their Islamic faith.
But many people here see the country of Mali as just another extension of France…
The Tuaregs feel that the only way out for them and their animals is for Libya to be returned to Gaddafi’s people.
Lady Khamis can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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