Mali contends with new Tuareg rebellion as food crisis looms

Published on 07 February 2012

In the last few weeks, a Tuareg group called the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has attacked six towns in the north of the country. (..) The attacks come as the Malian government is implementing an emergency action plan to distribute food to parts of the country affected by drought. (..) Aid agencies in Mali are monitoring the security situation carefully. (..) Malek Triki, West Africa spokesman for the UN World Food Programme, says "WFP sub-offices remain open, though our staff are taking extra security precautions, especially in the northern regions of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao."

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