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Mali: WHO doctor seized simply by ‘unidentified assailants’, as UNHCR raises alarm over continuing violence

The operation was led in co-operation with five countries that will span the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. France started withdrawing its troops through Mali last February. “Of course, beyond that, in Mali we have almost three mil people who are in need of humanitarian assistance”, he added, and just 38 per cent of the support asked for last year was provided. Displaced women prepare meals at an informal camp within Bagoundié, Mali. UNHCR said that as of the end associated with December, they were hosting greater than 60, 000 refugees in Mali, including 25, 1000 from Burkina Faso. In the mean time, some 440, 000 Malians remain internally displaced because of continued violence and risks from armed groups.

Assistance wanes for those forced to flee

The numbers fleeing from all those countries has notably improved in the past few weeks, “including refugees who have been displaced for quite a long number of years, of time”, said Mr. Toure. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a twitter update posted on Tuesday that WHO has been working with local authorities to investigate the particular abduction of Dr . Mahamadou Diawara, who had worked well for the agency in the city for around three years, “and ensure our colleague’s quick go back to his family. ” As the requirements of the displaced remain huge, UNHCR is appealing to the particular international community to show higher solidarity for the displaced in Mali and in neighboring countries, to be able to continue to deliver life-saving assistance. Mohamed Toure, UNHCR’s Mali representative said in a press briefing in Geneva that a vacuum had been produced since the end of a counter-insurgency operation led by the French military against Islamist militants. WHO said in a statement that he had been “leading efforts to provide medical care in order to communities that are often remote control and face insecurity dangers and violence. ” 

Displaced women prepare food at an informal camp in Bagoundié, Mali.
Operation Barkhane was a good initiative which began on 1 August 2014 plus formally ended on 9 November 2022. It was led by the French military against Islamist groups across Africa’s Sahel region.

“In this vacuum at the moment, we don’t have any State authorities in that region, therefore it is really left in the fingers of armed groups, terrorist armed groups, that are really spreading terror, spreading killings, spreading rapes, creating misery”.

In long run refugees running again

He pointed to a “kind of Mali fatigue” in terms of fundraising and support, which was “diminishing drastically” the level of assistance being provided in order to vulnerable families on the run. In another sign of the wider instability nevertheless gripping much of Mali, the particular UN refugee agency ( UNHCR ) earlier called for enhanced support by the international community, for all those recently displaced across the southwest African nation, where carried on violence and threats by armed groups have compelled both local Malians and refugees to flee designed for safety. The driving force of his car was also attacked, but not abducted, plus was said to be recovering from the incident.

3 million in need

© UNOCHA/Michele Cattani “We are talking about almost half a million people who are in need of support in terms of displacement”, said UNHCR’s Mali representative. “The motive for the abduction  is unclear” at this time, said WHO.

Display greater solidarity

Mister. Toure said that refugees got received frequent testimonies from refugees and IDPs reporting the presence of foreign fighters, “involved in those conflicts”. Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal a few of the towns to which the particular refugees are currently fleeing to find for security. UNHCR and its partners are supporting local authorities within responding to the needs of the forcibly displaced, providing them with emergency shelter, education, food and water supplies, together with cash help aimed at economic empowerment.

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