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25 April 2012

A conflict in northern Mali, along with drought conditions, have forced thousands of people to flee to safety in Mauritania and other neighboring countries. (..) The Mauritania crisis is part of the larger massive hunger emergency in the Sahel which also includes the countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, the Gambia, Senegal, and Cameroon. (..) WFP says it is short $357 million for its relief operation across the whole region. If donations do not come in soon, aid will be limited in what is considered the peak time period of hunger, May through September.


16 April 2012

A first humanitarian aid convoy left on Friday from Bamako for northern Mali where Tuareg rebels and Islamists militias have seized control. The UN says reports suggest civilians have been subjected to killings, rape, robbery, and are being forced to flee.


3 April 2012

A coalition of West African nations is closing off the borders of Mali to protest a recent military coup that ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure. How could that affect the landlocked country? (..) Mali imports roughly a fifth of its rice, said William Moseley, a visiting scholar at the University of Botswana. (..) Food prices have already risen in Mali as irregular and limited rainfall has cut grain production in the country by 41%, according to the World Food Program.


30 March 2012

The recent upheavals in Africa - including the military coup in Mali, the uprising in Libya and a spate of terrorist attacks in Nigeria - have one thing in common: they are all helping to fuel the growing crisis in the Sahel. For a sense of the scale of the problem, consider the amount of relief money the UN has called for to aid the increasingly lawless region: $1bn (£630m). Aid agencies, meanwhile, are warning of severe food shortages affecting up to 15 million people.


28 March 2012

Mali is facing its “worst humanitarian crisis for 20 years”, brought on by a combination of food insecurity affecting around three million, some 93,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali, whose whereabouts and status is uncertain, and 113,000 refugees who have fled conflict in the north to neighbouring countries. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely with the ICRC in negotiating and signing agreements with more NGO partners to try to reach the 120,000 displaced in the north with food aid, said WFP head Nancy Walters.


28 March 2012

Mali is facing its “worst humanitarian crisis for 20 years”, brought on by a combination of food insecurity affecting around three million, some 93,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali, whose whereabouts and status is uncertain, and 113,000 refugees who have fled conflict in the north to neighbouring countries. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely with the ICRC in negotiating and signing agreements with more NGO partners to try to reach the 120,000 displaced in the north with food aid, said WFP head Nancy Walters.


7 March 2012

You travel through the countryside in Mali, heading to Tominian district – about 400 kilometres away from the capital of Bamako, towards the border with Burkina Faso. You have six to seven hours to take in the world unfolding around you. (..) Three million people are affected by the crisis across Mali, out of which 1.1 million are in need of immediate food assistance according to World Food Program.


28 February 2012

No babies cry and the children are not even curious about the presence of strangers. “It is hunger and they are shy - they are not used to strangers,” explained one of the mothers, who is among a couple of thousand Malians who have crossed into southwestern Niger and sought refuge in the windswept village of Gaoudel, Ayorou District, after fleeing clashes between Malian government troops and Tuareg rebels.


23 February 2012

The international community must urgently aid tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in northern Mali and prevent their displacement from burdening host communities already hit by food insecurity, an official of the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. (..) More than 55,000 people have fled Mali into neighbouring Niger, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso while another 60,000 are internally displaced within Mali since fighting erupted, the official said.


21 February 2012

The United Nations is warning of a new food crisis in Africa, with droughts and poor harvests leaving more than 10 million people in need of assistance. Niger, Burkino Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Cameroon and Nigeria have all declared states of emergency in relation to the drought.