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Mali: Banditry and disease heighten risks for IDPs in Mali

Publisher Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
Publication Date 1 June 2012
Cite as Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Mali: Banditry and disease heighten risks for IDPs in Mali, 1 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fcc4c082.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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Shortages of food, water and fuel are of increasing concern for IDPs in Northern Mali. Heavy banditry in areas of displacement is resulting in grave food insecurity as access to essential food is limited and prices increase.

Vulnerable IDPs remain of particular concern. Amnesty international recently reported on older IDPs being left behind in conflict zones, while UNICEF highlights concerns surrounding the spread of cholera, measles and poliomyelitis; of particular threat to women and children IDPs in the absence of vaccination campaigns and medical staff due to the conflict.

Many of the estimated 146,900 IDPs currently live with host families and rely on them for their survival. Humanitarian assistance remains negligible as Islamist group Ansar Dine continues to refuse Western aid. Negotiations have recently been taking place between the High Islamic Council of Mali and armed groups to establish a humanitarian corridor into the north of the country.

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