Mali sees further displacement as fighting continues: UNHCR

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Malian refugees

With air bombing and fighting continuing in Mali, the exodus of Malians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries continues, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says new arrivals in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso are telling humanitarian agencies that they left their homes because of air strikes and fighting, as well as fears over the application of Sharia law.

“ They speak of increasing shortages of food and fuel, with traditional markets unable to operate. A lack of cereal is pushing breeders to either kill some of their animals as they have nothing, or to try to sell them. Some refugees are travelling by private car or by truck, while others have arrived from Mali on foot or by donkey. Newly arrived refugees are expecting additional members of their families to join them in the next day.”

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says UNHCR and its partners continue to assist those refugees who are in camps in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania by providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene structures, food, adequate shelter, healthcare and education.

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