UN Web TV "Add Your Voice" series - People in Mali are facing conflict in the north of the country and a current nutrition crisis, which affects at least 4.6 million people according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Today, the United Nations Security Council approved to offer support to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in response to a request of the Government of Mali, to help restore the country's territory. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide, at once, military and security planners to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and other partners to help frame a response to a request by Mali’s transitional authorities for such a force, and to report back within 45 days.
Fighting between Malian Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north in January. The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, with another 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally displaced.
Source: UNifeed / UNHCR
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