Women in Mangaize refugee camp, Niger. Photo: Boubacar Soumaré/Oxfam
The influx of refugees into neighboring countries has put further strain on already fragile host communities.

Crisis in Mali

“A poor crop yield and the still highly volatile security situation have increased the vulnerability of the population.”

Mali continues to be hit by the impact of both the armed conflict and the ongoing food crisis. We are providing humanitarian assistance and pushing for long-term solutions thanks to your support.

The situation

Armed conflict in Mali has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and has reduced community access to food, water, sanitation, hygiene services and livelihood opportunities.

  • More than 280,000 people are displaced; 151,000 within the country, and more than 137,000 refugees in neighboring countries such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria.
  • Movements of returns have been registered, but the returnees and autochthones face harsh living conditions, with insufficient access to food and clean water.

In addition to this, a poor crop yield in 2013/2014 and the still highly volatile security situation have increased the vulnerability of the population.

1.5 million people in Mali are suffering from severe food insecurity.

Progress on development, reconciliation, and justice are still too slow

What Oxfam is doing

We have been providing aid in Mali. View Larger Map

Oxfam is providing humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict, those displaced within and outside Mali and those who remain in conflict areas:

  • We plan to provide food, water, sanitation and hygiene services and protection assistance to 200,000 highly vulnerable people, from February 2014 to March 2015.
  • We have assisted over 150,000 Malian refugees and host communities in neighboring Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger with food, water and sanitation provisions, health and hygiene promotion, hygiene kits, and the construction of classrooms.

Our teams in Mali and neighboring countries are working to respond to both urgent and long-term needs to:

  • to contribute to the stabilization of the situation in food security and nutrition
  • to restore and improve access to safe water
  • to strengthen protection mechanisms at the community level against the risk of human rights abuses. 

We need your help to meet these immediate needs and to support the long-term needs of refugees, displaced people, returnees, host families and local communities affected by this complex crisis.

Updated: 19 June 2014

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