A UNPOL officer of the forensic team investigates the crime scene in Minima Maoude in Mali last month. (Photo/Marco Dormino/MINUSMA/Flickr).

Bloody Attack In Mali. Violence Has Soared By As Much as 7,028% Across Parts Of The Sahel

Ongoing violence is rooted in intercommunal tensions and spurred on by rising extremism in the Sahel. Jihadists have recruited heavily among Fulani herders in recent months.

Understanding that evil forces are governing the actions of those committing violence seems to explain the unexplainable. (Photo/Katie G. Nelson)

Week’s Must Read: South Sudan Refugees Teach Us That You Can’t Live By Bread Alone

For many, religion provides both an explanation for their plight notions of sin and punishment as well as solace and agency.