Until recently, Mali was a relatively stable, constitutionally secular state with a moderate Muslim population. However, following a military coup in March 2012, Islamist fighters and Tuareg rebels seized control of the north, declaring it an independent state and establishing a harsh Islamic regime. Tens of thousands of Malians fled south or left the country, including many Christians. There is now a very high degree of hostility towards Christianity in the north – Christians simply cannot exist.
- For those providing aid and shelter to persecuted Christians who have fled to the south
- That international forces will intervene successfully against the occupation of the north, and restore peace and stability
- That the tendency towards religious radicalization in Malian society would be reversed.