(France 24) – As Malian voters prepare to vote in Sunday’s presidential election, the deteriorating security situation in the centre of the country has often gone overlooked, overshadowed by violence in the north. The election is set against a backdrop of growing insecurity in Mali, which, despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led separatists in the north, has seen a surge in attacks by Islamist militants formerly allied with the rebels. The violence has since spread to the centre of the country, where it has aggravated existing inter-ethnic tensions in the region.