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IRC to respond to hunger and displacement crisis in Mali
March 29, 2012 by The IRC
The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency team to Mali to set up urgent humanitarian aid programs as drought ravages the country and flaring violence and political instability force thousands from their homes.
“Supplies of food and water are dwindling, livestock is dying off and malnutrition rates are soaring,” said Bob Kitchen, director of the IRC’s emergency response programs. “The hunger crisis in Mali combined with escalating violence is threatening the lives of millions of people.”
The United Nations estimates that more than three million people, 20 percent of Mali’s population, are suffering from food shortages and that more than 320,000 children are at risk of acute malnutrition.
In the north, violence between Tuareg rebels and government forces is also wreaking havoc. Since January, the fighting has displaced some 95,000 people within the country and forced 100,000 people to seek refuge in the neighboring countries of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.
IRC emergency experts arrive in Mali next week to begin preparations for health, nutrition, water and sanitation programs in eastern Mali, which has been hard-hit by drought and is also hosting populations displaced by fighting in the north.
Urgent: Crisis in Mali
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