Community members from Léré in Mali, which is one of the violence hot-spots. ACORD has suspended some livelihood activities until the situation becomes stable. Photo/Awa DIOP
ACORD is deeply concerned over the deteriorating humanitarian situation following the Tuareg rebellion led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) at the beginning of the 2012 followed by the March 22 military coup that overthrew the Government of President Amadou Toumani Toure. Local populations, including communities supported by ACORD, have found themselves trapped between those warring forces. The situation is particularly precarious in the northern region where separatists and rebel groups have taken over the main towns of Gao, Kidal and Tombouctou.
Furthermore, this situation has evolved into a complex web of social and economic difficulty for the Malian population. Added to the drought affecting the region, another humanitarian crisis is unfolding as more than 250 000 people flee from their homes to the south of the country or are crossing borders into neighbouring countries including Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mauritania and Niger. An immediate response to the humanitarian crisis is required to cushion the displaced populations from malnutrition and diseases.
Donation appeal to prevent new conflict and build resilience
ACORD is working in close collaboration with Oxfam, UN agencies and the European Commission Humanitarian Organisation to provide timely support to the affected communities. Targeting vulnerable communities in Burkina Faso and Mauritania where the refugees are seeking shelter, ACORD is focusing on enhancing resilience and preventing further conflicts with local populations by creating a favourable environment for coexistence in order to minimise the risk of conflict which may exacerbate the crisis situation.
We are appealing for donations to assist the affected populations through food distribution, agriculture production enhancement, conflict prevention interventions.