One thing we know: when it is all over, those of us who survive will find some form of meaning in it, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Malians are set to vote in a long-delayed parliamentary election, despite a raging jihadist conflict, the recent kidnap of a leading opposition politician and the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite having no positive cases, the country fears it is woefully unprepared should the virus hit.
The Swedish government plans to send up to 150 soldiers to Mali to support a French military initiative combining special force troops from different countries.
At least 20 people have been killed in an attack on a village in central Mali, local officials say, in an apparent spate of ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region.
Mali began recruiting some 15,000 teachers on Monday, the government said, in order to break a nationwide strike which began last week over demands for higher pay.
The black boxes from two French military helicopters that collided in Mali killing 13 soldiers have been found, a French military spokesperson has said.
Twenty-four Malian soldiers and 17 jihadist fighters have been killed in clashes in the east of the country, the army says, as security in the west African nation deteriorates further.
Malian police rescued more than 60 victims of human trafficking, mostly women and girls, who were subjected to sexual exploitation, forced labour and begging, Interpol says.
Mali's president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has declared three days of mourning after a militant attack on an army base killed more than 40 soldiers last week in one of the deadliest strikes on the country's military.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has rejected as speculation talk of a military coup after recent jihadist attacks left dozens of soldiers dead near the border with Burkina Faso.
The Malian government says it has many times more ventilators available for dealing with coronavirus than an official document indicates.
About 30 Malian soldiers have been killed and five more injured in a suspected jihadist attack in the north of the country, the army has said.
After years of ethnic massacres and unrelenting jihadist attacks, central Mali has been left a harrowed area of deserted villages and displaced people.
Malian troops have begun deploying to the key northern town of Kidal, a senior army official says, returning to an area that has long been a symbol of the government's lack of control over the north.
At least six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army say, in fresh violence in the war-torn west African state.
More than 2.4 million people need urgent food aid across the central Sahel region, encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where rising jihadist violence has triggered a humanitarian crisis, the UN says.
At least three assailants were killed in a "terrorist attack" on army troops on Monday, Burkina Faso's military said, five days after the country suffered its worst casualties in a long-running jihadist revolt.
A digital war is unfolding in Mali alongside a jihadist conflict that has claimed thousands of lives: the battle to sway young minds is being waged on the mobile phone.
One peacekeeper has been killed and five others were wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA has said.
Malian troops backed by foreign allies have launched a hunt for scores of comrades listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.
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