Thousands more uprooted in Mali conflict

Mali Armed groupFrom RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – A resurgence of communal violence and armed conflict has displaced thousands of people in northern Mali.
Mali’s Commission on Movement of Population reported an increase of over 14 200 internally displaced persons (IDPs) since February, bringing the total number of people uprooted by violence across the country to 59 000 individuals (10 248 households).
The agency said most of the newly displaced people are in the Timbuktu region due to recent violent conflict in the nearby Gourma-Rharous commune.
Other regions as Segou and Menaka also host high numbers of refugees.
The International Office of Migration has appealed for financial support to assist vulnerable communities.
It also renewed its call to all groups in Mali to work toward stability and peace, avoid further displacement and do everything possible to enable displaced families to return home.
The organisation highlighted urgent needs as the rehabilitation of damaged houses in areas affected by conflict, delivery of core relief items as well as psycho-social and reintegration assistance.
Turmoil has characterised the West African country of 18 million following a coup in 2012. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s government has battled to bring stability.
The number of people in need is estimated at 3,7 million in 2017, against 2,5 million in 2016. Among them, 3,53 million face food insecurity.

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