Humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorating: OCHAListen /
The humanitarian situation in Mali is deteriorating as a result of recent fighting.
And UN humanitarian agencies say it is affecting their access to civilians in need.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA says further displacement is adding to the first wave of displacement that started last April and the number of internally displaced persons is now estimated at 330-thousand.
Jens Laerke is the Spokesperson for OCHA in Geneva.
” This comes on the backdrop of a degradation of the sanitation, shelter health and food security situation which has been observed over the past nine months in the north and is now likely to be aggravated as the number of internally displaced increase. Now, this renewed fighting in Mali, particularly Central and Northern Mali comes at a time when it is estimated that 4.2 million Malians will need humanitarian help in 2013 and this includes some 200 million food insecure people and hundreds of thousands of malnourished children.”
On 10 January, armed groups controlling the north of Mali started moving their armed factions south, conquering the strategic city of Konna. This triggered the intervention of the French army in support of the Malian army.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.