Armed groups disrupts UN food agency's work in Mali

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A Malian refugee woman rests with her child in a makeshift shelter

Activities of armed groups in Mali have disrupted the operations of the World Food Programmes (WFP) which is helping the people in need in the country.

The agency says that the displacement of people continues, particularly in the northern part of the country where Tuareg rebels are fighting government forces.

WFP spokesperson in Geneva, Elisabeth Byrs, says that since the coup d'état on 21 March, the agency's activities have been disrupted in Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu.

"We have five sub-offices in Gao. We have offices in Timbuktu and in Kidal. Those three offices have been ransacked and looted, in addition, the warehouses where the food supplies, where stocks have been looted or have been taken into control by rebels or armed groups. So those three offices are not operational anymore."

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Elisabeth Byrs says that the agency continues to operate at a reduced level in the central region but in a normal manner in the south western part of Mali where the situation is calm.

She said WFP is willing to resume its operations to help 100,000 people in the northern region as soon as access is secured.

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