Unicef wants $45m for Mali

2013-02-26 17:03
A Malian refugee child is examined at the UNICEF medical centre in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania.  (Abdelhak Senna, AFP)

A Malian refugee child is examined at the UNICEF medical centre in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania. (Abdelhak Senna, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Geneva - Unicef said on Tuesday it urgently needs $45m to help children in conflict-stricken Mali, where the threat of violence and trafficking has spiralled, compounding a long-running food crisis.

Unicef spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters the money was neeeded to address basic needs such as healthcare, nutrition, education and protection over the next three months.

Hundreds of thousands of Malians fled their homes in the wake of last year's seizure of a swathe of the north by Islamists, and in the face of a French-led offensive launched by the Malian army in January against the militants.

"The impact on children has been particularly acute," said Mercado.

"Displacement has put children at increased risk of sexual exploitation, gender-based violence, trafficking, separation, recruitment into armed groups, as well as exposure to mines and unexploded or abandoned war ordinance," she added.

The conflict came on top of years of drought in Mali and other nations in the Sahel region, where millions face famine as a result.

"The region as a whole is experiencing a continuing nutrition crisis and children affected by the Mali crisis are at particular risk and in urgent need of assistance," said Mercado.

In Mali alone, an estimated 660 000 children under the age of five are expected to face malnutrition this year, according to Unicef.

The crisis has also disrupted schooling for some 700 000 children.

Human rights have also been spotlighted as the crisis unfolds, amid concerns about violations committed by both the Islamists and the Malian army.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, France's deputy foreign minister Yamina Benguigui called for a resolution that would pave the way for a probe into rights abuses.

She said the Malian authorities must respect international rights treaties and watch for violations.

- SAPA
Read more on:    unhcr  |  unicef  |  mali  |  west africa  |  aid
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come back into focus. You may get a second chance to say what needs to be said. The important focus today is to not...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.