From the field - Insecurity and uncertainty in northern Mali

Insecurity and uncertainty in northern Mali - Ansar Dine militiamen near Gao, June 12 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Adama Diarr

Insecurity and uncertainty in northern Mali - Ansar Dine militiamen near Gao, June 12 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Adama Diarr

Fighting between armed groups erupted again last week in Gao, northern Mali, resulting in casualties and an influx of patients in the city's ICRC-supported hospital.

Providing water and healthcare to the population is the priority for our teams. They are also negotiating with all armed groups in the region to prepare urgently needed large-scale food distributions. 

Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC delegation in Niger and Mali, describes an uncertain situation in Gao and northern Mali, one that is driven by local, regional and international forces now fighting for control of the territory. 

One thing seems certain, insecurity will continue to have significant humanitarian consequences for the people of northern Mali for weeks and months to come.