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Mali: Situation critical for 107,000 IDPs amidst renewed fighting

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 25 July 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Mali: Situation critical for 107,000 IDPs amidst renewed fighting, 25 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/501151b42.html [accessed 21 August 2014]
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Since renewed fighting and the securing of power by Islamist groups Ansar Dine and the Mouvement pour l'Unicité et le Jihad en Afrique de l'Ouest (MUJAO) over the Tuareg of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), the situation of IDPs in the north remains critical.

With more people being forced to flee their homes, on-going instability in the region means that humanitarian access to the estimated 107,000 people already displaced in the north remains challenging. Both IDPs and their host communities are lacking basic necessities such as food, household items, health care and sanitation facilities. There are also concerns that the dire food situation will be worsened by swarms of desert locusts that are anticipated to destroy crops. Most health centres outside the towns are reportedly no longer operating and those in towns lack essential medicines.

Meanwhile in the South, there were 48,042 IDPs registered as of 11 July, 90 per cent of which were staying with host families. IDPs and host families in Bamako recently reported that their most urgent needs were food, essential household items and access to livelihoods and education. Health structures in the southern regions of Mopti and Ségou, home to nearly 33,000IDPs, are at risk of being overloaded by another influx of IDPs as a result of the instability in the North.

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