Newsletter #2, introduction – by Marie Rodet and Lotte Pelckmans

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to present here the second newsletter of our EMiFo project, with some updates on its progress over the last 6 weeks.

The research team has continued to publish online texts and articles to raise awareness about the fight against descent-based slavery in Mali (article on the Africa Is a Country website) and to explain the particularity of protracted displacement related to descent-based slavery (blog post on the EMiFo website). EMiFo also carried out a number of activities on the field, including the presentation of the initial results of the quantitative survey conducted last October among the displaced of Mambiri (Kita region) to the Prefecture of Kita (a town 188 km west of Bamako), in the presence of all stakeholders. This presentation to Kita was also an opportunity to officially launch the activities of the paralegals in the region. In March, the team of paralegals in the Kita region organised three village meetings to raise awareness of the problems of descent-based slavery and the rights and duties of Malian citizens.

The EMiFo programme was also in the Malian media at the beginning of April with a four-page article on the activities carried out by our teams in Kita in March in the Malian daily newspaper Le Confident.

In the coming months, our teams will continue to raise awareness of the issue of descent-based slavery and forced displacement, in particular by producing sketches on these themes with the aim of reaching a wider audience in the villages but also on television. To be continued in the next newsletters!

We remain at your disposal for any comments, suggestions and questions. Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail.

With our warmest regards,

The researchers of the SlaFMig / EMiFo team:

Marie Rodet, mr28@soas.ac.uk

Lotte Pelckmans, pelckmans@hum.ku.dk

Bakary Camara, baka2cam2@yahoo.com

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