Mali: escalation of violence against civilians

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People at serious risk as violence escalates in Mali

As reported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) official website, MSF's team of aid workers is extremely concerned about the escalation of violence in the country and its consequences.In particular, as per any conflict, rivalry between various parties of the conflict is restricting people’s access to healthcare. 

The Malian army, with support from its Russian partners, is fighting non-state armed groups in central and northern Mali. MSF, the last medical organisation still operational in Nampala town.,reported that members of the local community, both patients and colleagues of the team, have informed them of deaths and wounded people in the villages and hamlets of Toulé and Toladji. 

The whole situation of precariousness, violence and conflict forces medical teams to evacuate the territories, but this leads to a consequent abandonment of the civilian population.In recent months, other episodes of violence have also restricted people's access to healthcare: the most affected are women, pregnant women, and children whose care must be guaranteed.

According to MSF, Fatal accidents involving explosive devices are also becoming increasingly frequent. At the end of October 2023, three vehicles returning from the market were blown up by explosive devices at three different locations on the Gossi - Hombori road in central Mali. 
On that occasion 8 people were killed instantly and around 40 more were injured. All patients were admitted to the Hombori community health centre where MSF teams work. 

At the end of November 2023, MSF and Ministry of Health teams treated 29 wounded, including two women, in the hospital's emergency department following an attack on a military camp on 24 November.

The European Commission website also reports alarming data on the crisis in the country: 8.8 million people need humanitarian aid, more than 1.24 million people requiring emergency food assistance and close to 367,000 children under 5 years old are affected by severe acute malnutrition. These reported facts are direct effects of conflict that affect the civilian population and kill more than the weapons themselves. 


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