FROM THE FIELD: Desert artisans in Mali foster dialogue and tolerance
Conventional arts and crafts are getting used to construct peace and dialogue in Mali due to the work of the UN peacekeeping mission within the nation, MINUSMA.
Some 360 artisans primarily based round Menaka, within the far northeast of the West African nation, a few of whom fled as refugees to neighbouring Niger, have been inspired to return to the city’s newly restored Home of Artisans to apply a variety of conventional crafts, together with leatherwork, silver-smithing, stitching and carpentry.
UN Police Patrol Menaka Area in northeastern Mali., by MINUSMA/Gema Cortes
MINUSMA, which supported the restoration, is hoping bringing artisans collectively from a variety of ethnic teams will assist to bolster social cohesion, tolerance and enhance safety in addition to offering much-needed employment.
The Menaka area is experiencing growing insecurity on account of assaults by terrorist teams and armed bandits.
Learn extra right here about how the UN is offering an important lifeline for struggling artisans as a part of constructing a sustainable peace.