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)
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.]
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.