Mali crisis could threaten global security: UN refugee chief

Published on 08 May 2012

The UN estimates the Mali crisis has forced more than 320,000 people from their homes, with 187,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including Niger - already in the grips of a new drought that has put millions at risk of hunger. World Food Programme chief Ertharin Cousin said her agency needs $100 million (76 million euros) by year's end for Niger. Just 40 percent of the funds required have been raised, she said.

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