In the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu in northern Mali, getting back to ‘normal’ life is an ongoing struggle. Families in these regions have faced a series of serious crises over the past few years – from droughts to violent clashes and ongoing security concerns.


In spite of these enduring challenges, families who fled their homes at the height of the security crisis are now returning. And, over the past school year, children have started to return to school – thanks in part to WFP school meals, made possible by funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).