Over 200,000 people displaced in Mali due to increased violence

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A United Nations spokesman said Tuesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali continues to deteriorate due to increased violence, and over 200,000 people are currently displaced, compared to 80,000 people a year ago.

During this year’s lean season, from June to August, 1.1 million people are expected to face severe food insecurity in the country, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the daily news briefing.

He added that humanitarian access challenges have significantly increased. However, access remains possible for humanitarian organizations who rely on community engagement, principled delivery of aid and the use of local implementing partners to reach people in need.

This year’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Mali will reach 20 percent of the country’s population, 3.8 million people, and will require 390 million U.S. dollars, Dujarric said. Enditem

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