Mali faces complex humanitarian emergency: OCHA reportListen /
More than 435,000 people have been displaced in Mali due to conflict and food insecurity, says a new report from OCHA, the UN relief agency.
According to the report, released on Wednesday, the country is facing a complex humanitarian emergency.
Gerry Adams reports:
The report, produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, says some 174,000 people are internally displaced in the northern Malian towns of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal.
Another 262,000 have registered with the United Nations as refugees in the neighbouring countries of Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria.
Internal conflict, a proliferation of armed groups in the region and political instability are also to blame for the mass movement of people, says the report.
Mali, which is located in the Sahel region, faces the risk of famine.
Earlier this month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, had called for more funds to assist Malian refugees.
Of the $213 million required, donors so far have provided $95.3 million.
Gerry Adams, United Nations