The humanitarian situation in and around Mopti, central Mali

The humanitarian situation in and around Mopti, central Mali - Malian soldier near Sevare - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Joe Penney

The humanitarian situation in and around Mopti, central Mali - Malian soldier near Sevare - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Joe Penney

One hour-and-a-half ICRC flight to Mopti, where Philippe Mbonyingingo and his team have been holding the fort.

As head of the Mopti sub-delegation, Mr. Mbonyingingo oversees our humanitarian response in Sevare, Konna and other localities hit during the first wave of Malian and French military operations on January 11. He explains how things are getting back to normal, sort of.

In Konna and elsewhere in the area, thousands fled when the French-led offensive started, often seeking refuge with relatives. People are now coming back home, including in Konna, even if day-to-day life and the future remain uncertain.

French and Malian troops patrol the city and military operations continue but despite the helicopters flying above, checkpoints and questions by residents about what comes next, life goes on.

Tomorrow, Mr. Mbonyingingo and I visit detainees recently captured by Malian troops and meet with local authorities to discuss future assistance distributions for the displaced and their host families.

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