elections: As the July 29 elections approach, insecurity is a major issue for candidates including President Ibrahim Boubacar Ke ta, who seeks a second term, according to Vancouver Courier. Experts warn of a humanitarian crisis as hundreds of schools have closed out of fear of attack. At least 289 civilians including young children have been killed in communal violence since the beginning of the year, with some burned alive in their homes or killed while hiding in mosques, the United Nations said this month. It would be difficult to organize the elections in my commune in Mondoro, near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, one local official, Deputy Mayor Moulaye Ongoiba, told The Associated Press. The Malian army attacks the civilians thinking that they are complicit with the jihadists, and the jihadists attack the civilians thinking that they are complicit with the army. Extremist attacks in the region have risen over the past year, while tensions grow between ethnic Fulani Muslims and other groups such as the Dogon and Bambara who accuse the Fulani of being recruited by jihadists. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.