Bamako - Black residents of the tense northern Malian city
of Kidal say that the rebels from the lighter-skinned Tuareg ethnic group, who
currently rule the city, are planning to expel the city's dark-skinned
Mali has long been divided along racial and geographic lines
and the Tuaregs, who consider the north their traditional homeland, have picked
up arms multiple times to demand greater rights. Last year, the National
Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA, launched a rebellion,
seizing Mali's northern half. They still control the city of Kidal.
Ali Cisse, a black resident of Kidal, said the NMLA issued a
communiqué on Monday on the radio saying that all blacks that are not known to
have been long-term residents of Kidal will be expelled toward the south.