Abdoulaye Alassane runs the IRC’s education programs in northern Mali's Gao region. The IRC, along with its Malian aid partner, GREFFA, is working to reopen schools which have been shuttered since the crisis began, and to provide services to vulnerable young people, including play and support groups for displaced children.
Submitted by Kate Sands Adams on October 11, 2012 - 5:07pm
Armed conflict and political instability in the West African nation of Mali have only added to the suffering of some 3.5 million Malians already caught in the grip of a drought emergency. Over 450,000 people have fled northern Mali in search of food or safety. Mali’s crisis has led to the collapse of many public services, especially health care and hospitals. The International Rescue Committee is providing lifesaving assistance.