Security crisis in Mali
A deepening security crisis and ethnic conflict is unfolding in Central Mali, forcing children into vulnerable and unsafe circumstances. The activity of radical groups has rendered some areas inaccessible to both government institutions and humanitarian organizations, while conflict between animal herders—the Peulh—and farmers—the Dogon—has erupted over land ownership and rights.
Because of the conflict, an increasing number of children and families have been forced to leave their homes. More than 500 schools have since closed, while some were shut down by radical groups, forcing children to flee and become separated from their families. Crops have been destroyed, water and sanitation activities have halted and accessibility to some sponsored communities, including Canadian-supported Seno and Toroly, has been cut off.
World Vision is working with partners such as the United Nations and the World Food Programme, to address critical needs including food assistance, water and sanitation, child protection and peacebuilding. For children and youth separated from their families, homestays and classrooms have been established, while the distribution of necessities and trauma support are currently being addressed.
As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, sponsor visits to Seno and Toroly have been put on hold until further notice. Staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts will be delayed.
Staff are continuing to engage government authorities and partners to determine next steps and ensure that children and their families experience a swift and complete resolution to this crisis.
For more information on the situation in Mali, please call us at 1-800-268-4888.