Anefif or Anéfis is a Saharan village and commune in the Cercle of Kidal in the Kidal Region of north-eastern Mali.

Commune and village
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 18°2′40″N 0°36′10″E
Country Mali
RegionKidal Region
CercleKidal Cercle
  Total2,800 km2 (1,100 sq mi)
  Density1.8/km2 (4.7/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)


Anefif is located on the Tessalit Trail. It lies 95 km (59 mi) southwest of Kidal on the route linking Kidal to Bourem and Gao. In 2009 the commune had a population of 5,087.[2]

There are multiple rocks and stones made from volcanic material.[3]


In 2013, the Malian Military attacked Tuareg rebels living in the village. The war was highly criticized by the military, and the press, who claimed that it was too invasive and violent.[4]


The commune has a Saharian climate and is too dry for rain-fed agriculture. The annual rainfall of around 150 mm occurs between late June and early September.[1]

Kel Adagh

There are many Kel Adagh in the area, along with multiple small clans.[5]

Notable people


  1. Programme de renforcement des capacités nationales pour une gestion stratégique du développement (PRECAGED): Schéma d'aménagement et de développement de la Commune Rurale Anefif (in French), République du Mali: Ministère de l'économie programme des nations unies et des finances, 2004, archived from the original on 2012-03-17.
  2. Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Kidal) (PDF), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique, archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22.
  3. Bertrand, J. M.; Bertrand-Sarfati, J.; Bessoles, B. (2013-10-22). Afrique de l'Ouest: Introduction Géologique et Termes Stratigraphiques (in French). Elsevier. ISBN 978-1-4831-3826-8.
  4. Ahmed, Baba (5 June 2013). "Malian army takes Anefis, 1st territorial gain". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  5. Badi, Dida (2001-12-31). "Une expérience de recherche sur un terrain saharien : l'Adagh des Ifoughas". Insaniyat / إنسانيات. Revue algérienne d'anthropologie et de sciences sociales (in French) (14–15): 129–147. doi:10.4000/insaniyat.9643. ISSN 1111-2050 via
  6. "Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1103/2014". Official Journal of the European Union. 20 October 2014 via EUR-Lex.
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