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Mali

Conflict in Mali - emergency response

Risk education in Mopti, Mali
© Birama Koulibaly/Handicap International

The current conflict forced Handicap International to temporarily suspend its operations in Mali. Teams had been distributing food in the north of the country since summer 2012 in response to the food crisis in the region.

We are preparing to resume our programmes as soon as possible following the recent upsurge in fighting. Handicap International teams are currently on the ground educating displaced people about the dangers of unexploded weapons and planning to launch clearance operations as soon as possible.

Key Facts - Mali

• Population: 13.3 million
• Household Consumption: $582 per year
• Life Expectancy: 49 years
• Human Development: 160th out of 169 countries
Source: UNDP HDR 2011

Malians return to deadly ground
Malians return to deadly ground
More than 18 months since fighting broke out between rebel forces and the Malian army, the situation in Mali has yet to return to normal and civilian lives are still at risk. In Diabaly, the 17 members of Handicap International’s weapons clearance team start work as the sun rises. When lives are at stake, every hour counts.
 
Malians return to deadly ground
Malians return to deadly ground
Mali, 31st July 2013. More than 18 months since fighting broke out between rebel forces and the Malian army, the situation in Mali has yet to return to normal and civilian lives are still at risk. In Diabaly, the 17 members of Handicap International’s weapons clearance team start work as the sun rises. When lives are at stake, every hour counts.
 
A family in Mali
Mali: Conflict not over for displaced people
Mali, July 2013. Seven months after French and Malian troops led an intervention against armed groups in Mali, displaced Malians are still suffering the consequences of the conflict. Handicap International, which has been working in Mali since 1996, continues to support emergency relief operations which it initially launched in 2012. Helene Robin, Handicap International’s Emergency Response Manager in Mali, answers questions about the ongoing crisis and what the organisation is doing to help the most vulnerable Malians.
 
 

Our projects

armed violence activities

Emergency risk education and weapons clearance

Goal: To reduce the number of people killed and injured in accidents caused by unexploded weapons. We are working with communities to raise awareness about the dangers posed by unexploded weapons and how to keep safe.

Handicap International teams have been carrying out weapons risk education with communities and displaced people in the north of Mali since summer 2012. We have now sent an explosive weapons expert to Mali to identify areas contaminated with explosive weapons and prepare for clearance operations to protect the local population. The initial findings are alarming and we are mobilising an emergency weapons clearance team.
Beneficiaries: People living in the Timbuktu region.

Emergency project

Food safety and and access to clean water

Goal: To improve food security for at-risk populations in the Timbuktu region by distributing food, clean water and seeds. We are working with the World Food Programme and UNICEF to ensure that disabled people and other vulnerable people are included in humanitarian relief efforts.
Beneficiaries: People with disabilities, displaced people and other vulnerable groups in the Timbuktu region and other parts of northern Mali.

Emergency project

Ensuring people with disabilities are included in emergency response in Mali and Niger

Goal: To ensure people with disabilities are meaningfully included in humanitarian programmes by developing the training capacity and knowledge of emergency response partners. We help partners develop intervention strategies that recognise the needs of people with disabilities and to develop their own communication supports, training manuals and assessment tools.
Beneficiaries: People with disabilities and other vulnerable people, as well as the staff of partner organisations in the Republic of Mali, and the Region of Tillaberi and Abala camp in Niger.

Institutional funding

Handicap International's emergency actions in Mali are (or have been previously) funded by:

ECHO logo The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO)

US AID logo

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

UNICEF logo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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