The people of northern Mali are confronted with both armed conflict and a deepening food crisis.
As the humanitarian situation continues to worsen in the country, thousands of families are increasingly dependent on humanitarian aid, unable to return home and in many cases, harvest their crops.
Yasmine Praz-Dessimoz, ICRC head of operations for North and Central Africa, today publicly asked donors for an additional 21 million dollars to cover the most urgent humanitarian needs in northern Mali.
These additional funds make Mali the ICRC's fourth largest operation and allow our colleagues in Gao, Kidal, Timbuktu and Mopti to considerably step up their assistance efforts, notably in terms of food aid and medical care.
Ms. Praz-Dessimoz describes a region where access to food, water and health care is increasingly difficult and displacement is on the rise, with both urban and rural areas affected.
She speaks about the regional dimensions of the crisis, with now over 250,000 refugees in Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger, and explains why it remains essential for the ICRC to engage with all armed groups active in the Sahel.