International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Mali: Safe havens for children

Ten-year-old Moussa was found on the streets of Konna, Mali in June 2012.
Oumou Kone found Moussa on the streets.
Moussa and Oumou’s five-year-old daughter, Ramatou Cissé, walk to school
A crammed classroom, common throughout Mali.
A child stands in a village affected by fighting in Mali
Bullet casings left behind by combatants in Konna, Mali
Fatoumata Maiga washes clothes with her younger sister in a river in Mali.
A bowl of food is served in Konna, Mali, where food is scarce after the fighting
Tradespeople offload trucks at the market in Konna, Mali
The French Tricolor flag hangs from a government building in Konna, Mali.
Soumba Traoré, an orphan, relaxes on a mat in Daban, Mali.
Malian landscape:Large swathes of northern Mali are desert or semiarid regions.
Photo: Jacob Zocherman

Since conflict began in Mali in January 2012, nearly 500,000 people have fled their homes. The majority are children and teenagers. Some, like 10-year-old Moussa (in white), have forgotten where they came from. Traumatized, abused and abandoned, they must fend for themselves. Fortunately for Moussa, he has been given a new lease on life.