FROM THE FIELD: Desert artisans in Mali foster dialogue and tolerance

Some 360 artisans based around Menaka, in the far northeast of the West African nation, some of whom fled as refugees to neighbouring Niger, have been encouraged to return to the town’s newly restored House of Artisans to practice a range of traditional crafts, including leatherwork, silver-smithing, sewing and carpentry. 

UN Police Patrol Menaka Region in northeastern Mali.

MINUSMA, which supported the restoration, is hoping bringing artisans together from a range of ethnic groups will help to reinforce social cohesion, tolerance and improve security as well as providing much-needed employment.  

The Menaka region is experiencing increasing insecurity as a result of attacks by terrorist groups and armed bandits. 

Read more here about how the UN is providing a crucial lifeline for struggling artisans as part of building a sustainable peace. 

UN Africa News

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