Islamophobic Women of Mali Celebrate French Liberation and End of Islamic Law

In a truly shocking display of Islamophobia, the streets of Gao were full of Malians celebrating the defeat of Islamic Jihadists at the hands of the French. Women went out into the streets unveiled, men smoked, played drums and rode on motorbikes with unfurled flags, celebrating the return of their freedom and the end of Islamic rule.


SÉVARÉ, Mali — Residents of Gao, northern Mali’s largest city, poured out of their homes to celebrate the expulsion of Islamist fighters who had held their town for months, playing the music that had been forbidden under the militants’ harsh interpretation of Islamic rule and dancing in the streets.

“Everyone is in the streets,” a Gao resident, Ibrahim Touré, said in a telephone interview. “It is like a party. There is music. There are drums. It’s freedom.”

When Islamists lose there is freedom. When they win, there is horror as in Egypt, Mali and Tunisia.

And the Islamophobes of Gao are happy to see the end of Islamic rule and to see

Everywhere we go in Gao, people cheer and clap. They haven’t seen white people in a long time. In fact, the women haven’t seen very much for a long time because the jihadis would not let them wear glasses.

Hamchat Dicko, who has only one eye, told me that she was not allowed to buy a replacement pair. “They didn’t want women to see the world,” she said.

She was among a group of women who pulled us into their sandy compound to chat. Her friend, Malama al-Zouma, a tiny woman in a yellow skirt and blouse, insisted on showing me all her favourite dresses that she had hidden in a pillowcase from the jihadis. Then she proudly put on a blue uniform and badge, which she used to wear in her job as an orderly at the hospital.

All around Gao we can see the damage the jihadis have wrought. They fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Baji nightclub, which is now full of rubble. One of their first acts was to climb the earthen turret of the Catholic cathedral and destroy the cross.

Now I’m watching two young women drive by on a motor bike with a baby. They’ve got a Malian flag at the front, and they’ve pinned ribbons in the Malian green, red and yellow and the French red, white and blue, all over their head dresses.

They’re enjoying the freedom to dress as they please, ride on a motor bike to see their friends, and wear glasses to see the world.

Only Islamophobes want women to have glasses and be able to see the world. Real Muslims want women to be Noglassabis.

In Gao, people who had been under occupation for nearly a year by Islamist fighters flooded the streets in jubilation, weeping and shouting to welcome the Malian and French troops who arrived in force on Sunday, residents said.

Fatou Cissé, a Gao resident reached by telephone, said crowds were chanting “Vive la France!” and singing the Malian national anthem.

“I was out there with them,” said Ms. Cissé, who said she was wearing bright wax-print fabric with short sleeves, the kind of clothing that was banned when the city was under militant control.

“My head is not covered,” she said. “Girls are out of the house, and they are dancing.”

Adiarratou Sanogo, a 30-year-old teacher from Niafounké, stepped off a ferry that arrived in the riverside town of Mopti on Sunday morning. As a schoolteacher she was used to a certain amount of respect, but the Islamist militants who took control of her town demanded that she cover her hair. One afternoon they came upon her talking with her brothers outside her front door, her neatly braided hair brazenly showing.

“They shook a stick at me and said I must cover up or they would beat me,” she said. “I ran inside to find a scarf.”

For many residents of towns under Islamist control, it was the little things about their previous lives that they missed most.

“No smoking, no music, no girlfriends,” said Amadou Kané, a 26-year-old history student from Niafounké. “We couldn’t do anything fun.”


CAIR and other Islamist lobbies have yet to respond to this display of Islamophobia. Obama has yet to make a statement about it, but it is worth noting that the French campaign in Mali is the first Western military campaign against Islamists since Obama took office, in contrast to the War in Libya on behalf of Islamists.

Youths in the city said there were still some rebels and rebel sympathizers around, but they were being found. “Yesterday, even, we found one hiding in a house. We cut his throat,” one man said, asking not to be named. “Today we found another and we brought him to the army.”

See the Islamophobic hate crimes are already beginning.

  • rightwingcanadian

    these islamists must be terrable soldiers they lost to the French for goodness sake.

    • Mary Sue

      I know, right?

    • Basileus

      They were aided by the Brits, actually (who tried to keep a low profile to avoid upsetting the lickers of islamofascist arses, the politically correct.

  • AdinaK

    In general, people prefer freedom to tyranny. However, before a nation can be truly free, democratic civil society constructs must be implemented, before anything else, let alone elections.

    In this regard, the real Islamophobes are leftists and Islamists who conspire to keep people shackled. In other words, they attempt to silence westerners through "racist" bugaboos, as well as those seeking freedom under Islamic rule, through intimidation and much worse.

    Regardless, Islamophobia must be beaten back –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • CIB-earned not given

    Please refrain from the snide comments against French soldiers. They are professionals and they volunteered to do a job most of you on this board have never done or would have the moral courage to do what they just did- bring freedom to people who have known oppression for the last year. I would fight along side them anyday. I am an American Combat Infantryman and my CIB trumps your silly comments about combat soldiers anyday of the week regardless of what country they came from.

    • Scook84

      Pop a top, Cop a Gulp, and Lighten-Up.. The French did good.. We know that.. It's just so unexpected when you consider their history with the US and Iraq/Afghanistan..

      From another military member who remembers.. :-)

  • Ghostwriter

    The Islamist lost this one and I hope they continue to lose.

  • Edward Cline

    Now all the French need to do is clear out the Jihadists in France. That will be a tougher campaign.

  • David

    Look for oblahblah to finance an islamic resurgence there.

  • antisharia

    Victory will be short lived. The Jihadists wil return as soon as the French turn their backs, and the French don't have the muscle to be in there for the long haul. All the terrorists have to do is out wait the French. If the people of Mali want this jihadist trash taken out they are going to have to man up and do it themselves.

  • cxt

    Interesting to see how the folks on the ground react contrasted to all sorts of folks looking at things from the safety of an ocean away.

    No doubt this will never be picked up and shown to most people by the media….more is the pity.

    Thanks for posting!

  • Farouq Omaro

    Freedom at last from Wahabbis, thank God! God bless Mali