Victims mostly women and children. MSF calls for safety of civilians.

Intense fighting occurred over the last week in central Mali – particularly in the town of Konna, as part of the ongoing violent conflict in the country between armed groups and government forces. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have been working throughout the area straddling the line between the north and south of the country, in Douentza and Mopti, for several months. Ibrahim Ahmed is in charge of these two medical projects. Here he describes the constraints that MSF teams face and provides an update on what is happening in this pivotal region.

For several days, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been requesting access to Konna, a town in the pivotal area where the north and south of Mali meet. This morning the first MSF medical team, comprising two doctors and two nurses, made the journey from Mopti to Konna.

Three weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the areas of Mopti, Gao, Ansango, Konna, Douentza, and Timbuktu, providing lifesaving treatment and emergency surgery to patients.