Mali crisis

Nearly 2 million people in northern Mali are currently facing food shortages, owing to the combined effects of armed conflict, the lasting impacts of a serious food crisis in 2012 and recent poor harvests. Over 400,000 people have been forced from their homes by conflict.

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People seeking refuge from the conflict in northern Mali gather beside Oxfam water tanks in Mangaize camp in Niger.

Photo: Boubacar Soumaré / Oxfam

Oxfam's response

The situation

The number of people facing food insecurity in northern Mali has almost doubled since November 2013. Conflict has also reduced communities' access to food, water and sanitation.

So far we have reached 137,000 people in northern Mali. In 2014, Oxfam is planning to help 200,000 people in the north and the east of the country with improved access to water and livelihoods support through the lean season. We are also lobbying for a better international humanitarian response.

We have also helped over 150,000 Malian refugees and host communities in neighbouring Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger with food, water, sanitation, hygiene kits and the construction of classrooms.

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