UNESCO grants peace prize to Hollande amid French-led Mali war

French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, has granted a peace prize to the French president for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa,” amid the ongoing French-led war in the African country of Mali.

This comes after France launched its war on Mali on January 11 under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters in the West African country. The war has left thousands of Malians homeless.

On February 1, Amnesty International condemned “serious human rights breaches” including the killing of children in the French war in Mali.


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