Number of people displaced by Mali conflict rises to 195,000

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A group of Tuareg men in traditional dress silhouetted on the crest of a sand dune at an oasis, west of Timbuktu, Mali.

The number of people displaced by conflict in Mali continues to rise.

Nearly 200,000 people have been on the run since renewed clashes began between government forces and Tuareg rebels in the north of the country.

Charles Appel reports.

The fighting between the Malian forces and ethnic Tuareg rebels began in mid-January.

Since then, thousands of people have been fleeing from the violence.

According to the UN humanitarian office (OCHA), fighting has displaced 100,000 people within Mali, while another 95,000 have fled to neighbouring Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger.

Meanwhile, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund has released $2.6 million to respond to the food and nutrition crisis in Mali.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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