Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
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 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 radicalisation in Malian society would be reversed.