Mali: In Nia Ouro, Wagner’s men ‘tore off women’s clothes and raped them’

By Benjamin Roger
Posted on Friday, 9 September 2022 15:06

Soldiers from the Russian private military company Wagner (pictured here on an unknown date in northern Mali) accompanied the Malian Armed Forces on a dawn raid in the village of Nia Ouro (Centre) on 4 September. ©AP/SIPA.

Three days after the arrival of the Malian army and mercenaries from the private Russian company in this village in central Mali, several inhabitants have accused them of rape and sexual assault. We have collected these testimonies.

These are the kinds of testimonies that send shivers down your spine – gathered by telephone – which, for the first time in such a clear and precise manner, accuse Wagner’s mercenaries of rape in Mali.

As revealed by Radio France Internationale (RFI), the Malian Armed Forces (FAMA), accompanied by their deputies from the Russian private military company Wagner and traditional dozo hunters, raided the village of Nia Ouro, near Sofara, in the Mopti region, in the centre of the country, at dawn on 4 September.