Mali, fragile after 16 months of armed conflict

Mali, fragile situation after 16 months of armed conflict - Photo courtesy of Reuters

Mali, fragile situation after 16 months of armed conflict - Photo courtesy of Reuters

After nearly 16 months of armed conflict, security remains fragile in northern Mali and large parts of the Sahel.

Head of regional ICRC delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti explains why and how Mali has become one of our largest operations in recent months. He describes the instability prevailing in the country's north, severe food and water shortages and displaced populations fearing to return to their homes due to clashes, suicide attacks and growing criminality.

Despite these significant operational challenges, our teams maintain contact with all armed actors, carry out detention visits and organize large-scale food distributions. They also support health structures and provide fuel to produce the electricity required for the provision of drinking water in Timbuctu, Kidal and Gao.

With persisting regional instability, planned presidential elections and the upcoming deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission, the coming months will be crucial for Mali, says Mr. Marti. Regardless of the outcome, our delegation's neutral and independent response will need to continue to make a difference for hundreds of thousands of people.

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