First, and most pressing, is the humanitarian crisis. The numbers speak for themselves: 380,000 people have been displaced by the conflict. (..) These people need to be looked after and repatriated, the sooner the better. Then there's the food crisis Mali was having a tough time of it anyway, before all this started, but the fighting has meant that they've put virtually no measures in place to compensate for the droughts which have devastated crops. According to the United Nations, 4,6 million Malians are at risk from food insecurity. That's a substantial proportion of Mali's nearly 16 million-strong population.