Mali’s humanitarian crisis: overmilitarized and overshadowed
Citing a recent report from the NGO Refugees International, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told correspondents in New York that the number of internally displaced people has also jumped from around 80,000 to nearly 200,000 in one year with more than half being children and women. The data shows that 650,000 people face food insecurity, compared to 185,000 at the same time last year and that number is projected to nearly double to 1.2 million by June 2020. These figures are the highest recorded level over the last five years, said Mr. Haq. The report notes that eight years after the onset of the political crisis that has destabilized Mali, "the international community remains heavily focused on stabilization and counterterrorism, at times to the detriment of the worsening humanitarian situation."