A girl who was displaced from her home in northern Mali's embattled Gao region. Children have been especially affected by the fighting, said Lindsay Shearer, the IRC’s children and youth program coordinator.
L: Jabadjie, 16 months old and just nine pounds, at an IRC-supported clinic in Kati, Mali, in October 2012. (Photo: Peter Biro/IRC). R: Jabadjie in November, after a few weeks of treatment. (Photo: IRC)
A military offensive in northern Mali would have serious humanitarian consequences and requires serious safeguards to be put in place warns a coalition of ten non-governmental organisations today. As the United Nations Security Council considers a resolution to authorise an international military force to restore territorial integrity, humanitarian NGOs operating in Mali have come together to sound a note of caution.
Mali is struggling to cope with a prolonged drought and food crisis that is affecting large areas of the Sahel region of West Africa. The crisis has been made worse by a spreading internal conflict. On World Food Day, the International Rescue Committee's Peter Biro reports on the worsening crisis and what the IRC is doing to help. Posted on October 16, 2012
[A doctor is seeing to infant patients in a small health center.]