International community urged to remain engaged in Mali

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The international community has been urged to remain mobilized to address humanitarian needs in Mali where 1.5 million people are affected by food insecurity.

The appeal was made by the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper as he wrapped up a five-day visit to the country on Thursday.

Mr. Piper met with government officials in the capital Bamako and travelled to Timbuktu and Koulikoro where he met with vulnerable populations.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the UN humanitarian official also visited projects supporting agriculture and the fight against malnutrition.

"Mr. Piper said there were still urgent humanitarian needs throughout Mali. He added that the chronic food insecurity and malnutrition crisis was compounded by the security situation in the North and the centre of the country. One and a half million Malians are affected by food insecurity. Only 20 percent of the humanitarian appeal launched earlier this year for Mali is funded. Mr. Piper called on the international community to remain mobilized to address humanitarian needs in Mali."(26")

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