Previous
Next

Country/Region

April 12, 2013

Some 70,000 refugees from Mali are living in difficult conditions in the middle of the Mauritanian desert, with ethnic tensions in northern Mali quashing any hopes of a swift return home. A report released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), called Stranded in the desert, calls on aid organizations to urgently renew efforts to meet the refugees’ basic needs.

4,000 in temporary camp face uncertain future

MSF calls for a stronger humanitarian response and more effective protection for people fleeing the conflict

Nearly 4,000 are stranded in camps along the Tunisia-Libya border

MSF providing medical and nutritional assistance for refugees and local people

57,000 people sharing 100 latrines

Screening and treatment dealt with chronic needs

Measles threatens children’s lives

All parties to the conflict in Mali must avoid harming civilians and health structures, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today. Civilians have been affected by armed conflict over the last few days in Konna and by bombings in Lere and Douentza, a town in the northeast of Mali's Mopti region. An MSF medical team is supporting medical activities in a hospital in Douentza.

Conflict in the north of Mali is still causing mass movements of people across the Sahel region of Africa and the conditions in the camps where they are living are unacceptable, leading to disease and suffering. According to UNHCR, approximately 150,000 refugees are living in refugee camps located in Burkina Faso (Ferrerio, Dibissi, Ngatourou-niénié and Gandafabou camps), Mauritania (Mbera camp) and Niger (Abala, Mangaize, and Ayorou camps).

Pages