Mali and Mauritania: War, Drought and School Meals

Published on 13 March 2013

No food, no school. That is the reality in Mali as described by a UN World Food Programme officer. Families are just looking for ways to survive. If you can provide food at school the children will come, and this holds the key to the country's future. The World Food Programme (WFP) is launching emergency school feeding in the northern part of Mali. This will feed close to 70,000 children throughout the conflict-affected area. WFP is already feeding 113,000 children in the southern part of the country. Will there be funding? That is a big question, because WFP relies on voluntary funding from governments and the public. Right now this operation is only 20 percent funded. (..) The neighboring country of Mauritania is also feeling the impact of the war, having taken in over 70,000 Malian refugees. (..) Sophie Ndong, of WFP in Mauritania, says that last year "primary school children were assisted during 80 days only instead of the 160 days planned."

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