Aid for Malian Refugees
Children in Mali: Victims of War
Fighting pervasive poverty and chronic cycles of drought and hunger—the children of northern Mali have already suffered many hardships. Then came the cruelest blow: war.
Schools destroyed. Health centers vandalized. More than 400,000 Malians driven from their homes by violence. The displaced live in camps or rely on overextended host families.
Mali's families and children desperately need your help.
Even in good years, life is a harsh struggle for those living on the vast Sahara's edge. The conflict in Mali has affected nearly 3 million people and comes on the heels of a food crisis that sent malnutrition surging across the Sahel region. War is the final shock in a chain of events that has pushed some of the world's most vulnerable children to the brink. Though control of Mali's north has been restored, the humanitarian situation has only deteriorated.
UNICEF's Emergency Response
Throughout the crisis, UNICEF managed to keep a stream of supplies flowing into Mali's conflict zone by truck and by boat. We have expedited delivery through air shipments and sent surge staff—emergency experts across the country.
In 2013, UNICEF will work with its partners in Mali to:
- deliver catch-up education for 400,000 children;
- bring clean, safe water to 1.5 million people;
- provide essential supplies to health facilities in both Mali's north and south;
- treat up to 170,000 children for moderate and severe malnutrition;
- protect thousands of children from unexploded mines;
- rehabilitate ex-child soldiers and reunite them with their families; and
- counsel female victims of gender-based violence.
UNICEF is seeking urgent funding to address the basic needs of women and children affected by the Malian crisis.