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Treating Those Caught In Mali’s Armed Conflict

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have remained in northern Mali throughout the recent crisis in order provide medical care to the local population. MSF has treated 35 wounded patients in Timbuktu over the past few weeks and is running programs in Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to assist those fleeing the conflict.

Mali: Refugees in a Vulnerable Situation

A political crisis has divided Mali since the end of January. People displaced by conflict are leaving the north of the country; hiding in the bush or fleeing en masse to Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mauritania. Often they settle in places where people are already living—places that have already been weakened by food insecurity in the region. MSF is responding to the growing humanitarian need in the region, providing assistance to refugees as well as to local people.

MSF is responding to the needs of vulnerable people by supporting health centers in Burkina Faso (Gandafabou, Férrerio), Mauritania (Fassala, Mbéra, Bassikounou), and Niger (Chinagodar, Bani Bangou, Yassan). Every week, MSF’s mobile clinics treat people in refugee camps in Burkina Faso (Dibissi, Ngatoutou-Niénié, Déou) and Niger (Ayorou, Maigaïzé, Bani Bangou, Abala, Gaoudel, and Nbeidou). Since February, MSF medical teams have carried out more than 23,000 consultations in the border regions of Mali. “We are mainly seeing respiratory infections, malaria, and diarrhea,” says Férir. “These problems are often due to the very bad conditions that the refugees are living in.” MSF teams are also treating a large number of women in need of obstetric care. One hundred women have given birth in the MSF health post in Mbera camp in Mauritania.Photo: Malian refugees in a makeshift shelter in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

Mali: Refugees in a Vulnerable Situation

A political crisis has divided Mali since the end of January. People displaced by conflict are leaving the north of the country; hiding in the bush or fleeing en masse to Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mauritania. Often they settle in places where people are already living—places that have already been weakened by food insecurity in the region. MSF is responding to the growing humanitarian need in the region, providing assistance to refugees as well as to local people.

MSF is responding to the needs of vulnerable people by supporting health centers in Burkina Faso (Gandafabou, Férrerio), Mauritania (Fassala, Mbéra, Bassikounou), and Niger (Chinagodar, Bani Bangou, Yassan). Every week, MSF’s mobile clinics treat people in refugee camps in Burkina Faso (Dibissi, Ngatoutou-Niénié, Déou) and Niger (Ayorou, Maigaïzé, Bani Bangou, Abala, Gaoudel, and Nbeidou). Since February, MSF medical teams have carried out more than 23,000 consultations in the border regions of Mali. “We are mainly seeing respiratory infections, malaria, and diarrhea,” says Férir. “These problems are often due to the very bad conditions that the refugees are living in.” MSF teams are also treating a large number of women in need of obstetric care. One hundred women have given birth in the MSF health post in Mbera camp in Mauritania.

Photo: Malian refugees in a makeshift shelter in Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

Burkina Faso: A Constant Flow of Refugees

Approximately 56,000 Malians have taken refuge in Burkina Faso after fleeing fighting that began in Mali in mid-January. They are living in makeshift shelters in camps where the sun beats down relentlessly and where aid is severely lacking.

Malian Refugees Urgently Need International Aid

Refugees from the West African country of Mali face insufficient levels of assistance in camps rife with disease and malnutrition where the looming rainy season will further complicate the deployment of aid, the international medical humanitarian organization MSF said today.

One-hundred sixty thousand Malian refugees living in camps in neighboring Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger are in urgent need of international assistance, particularly food distributions, MSF said. MSF teams working in the camps are treating children suffering from malnutrition. 

“Food insecurity is a threat both for the Malian refugees and for the host communities, which are already suffering from poor harvests,” said Malik Allaouna, MSF director of operations. “Only food distributions in sufficient quantity and quality will prevent children’s nutritional condition from further deteriorating.” Photo:Young Malian refugees in one of Burkina Faso’s refugee camps. 
Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

Malian Refugees Urgently Need International Aid

Refugees from the West African country of Mali face insufficient levels of assistance in camps rife with disease and malnutrition where the looming rainy season will further complicate the deployment of aid, the international medical humanitarian organization MSF said today.

One-hundred sixty thousand Malian refugees living in camps in neighboring Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger are in urgent need of international assistance, particularly food distributions, MSF said. MSF teams working in the camps are treating children suffering from malnutrition.

Food insecurity is a threat both for the Malian refugees and for the host communities, which are already suffering from poor harvests,” said Malik Allaouna, MSF director of operations. “Only food distributions in sufficient quantity and quality will prevent children’s nutritional condition from further deteriorating.”

Photo:Young Malian refugees in one of Burkina Faso’s refugee camps. Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

International Aid Remains Insufficient for 160,000 Malian Refugees

Nearly 160,000 Malians have fled their country for camps in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger. While instability persists in Mali, another threat looms: the rainy season, which will further complicate the deployment of aid.

Burkina Faso: Insufficient and Inadequate Support for 46,000 Malian Refugees

Access to food, water, and basic shelter continues to deteriorate for refugees from Mali in makeshift camps in a desert region of Burkina Faso, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF on Monday.

More than a quarter million people have fled to Mali’s interior and neighboring countries since fighting erupted between Tuareg rebels and the Malian army earlier this year. Since mid January, 46,000 Malians have taken refuge in Burkina Faso, with the vast majority in Oudalan province in the north, a desert area where humanitarian aid is very limited. MSF teams are providing emergency medical aid in the refugee camps, where needs outstrip resources.Photo: Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
Malian refugees fleeing conflict have come to find refuge in northern Burkina Faso, mainly in the provinces of Soum and Oudalan.

Burkina Faso: Insufficient and Inadequate Support for 46,000 Malian Refugees

Access to food, water, and basic shelter continues to deteriorate for refugees from Mali in makeshift camps in a desert region of Burkina Faso, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF on Monday.

More than a quarter million people have fled to Mali’s interior and neighboring countries since fighting erupted between Tuareg rebels and the Malian army earlier this year. Since mid January, 46,000 Malians have taken refuge in Burkina Faso, with the vast majority in Oudalan province in the north, a desert area where humanitarian aid is very limited. MSF teams are providing emergency medical aid in the refugee camps, where needs outstrip resources.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
Malian refugees fleeing conflict have come to find refuge in northern Burkina Faso, mainly in the provinces of Soum and Oudalan.

Burkina Faso: Assistance to Refugees from Mali in the North

In the wake of violent clashes between Mali’s army and Tuareg rebels, nearly 20,000 Malians have fled their country and taken refuge in northern Burkina Faso. Most of the refugees are gathered in Oudalan, Seno and Soum Provinces. Doctors Without Borders is distributing water and food and assessing basic health care needs in the Mentao camp, which is near Djibo and which is now hosting 3,000 people, up from 1,000 people three weeks ago.

“There has been a significant increase in the refugee population, and we are expecting to have 5,000 to 10,000 people in this camp in the coming weeks,” says Jean Hereu, MSF’s head of mission in Burkina Faso.

MSF is distributing 50 cubic metres of water per day in Mentao. The teams are also providing food, having initially donated five tons of rice, red beans and oil, with more to come pending the start of an emergency response by the World Food Program (WFP). In the coming days, the teams will assess the medical needs of the refugees with Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Health. Photo:Burkina Faso © 2012 MSF
MSF carried out a food distribution for Malian refugees in the Mentao camp in northern Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso: Assistance to Refugees from Mali in the North

In the wake of violent clashes between Mali’s army and Tuareg rebels, nearly 20,000 Malians have fled their country and taken refuge in northern Burkina Faso. Most of the refugees are gathered in Oudalan, Seno and Soum Provinces. Doctors Without Borders is distributing water and food and assessing basic health care needs in the Mentao camp, which is near Djibo and which is now hosting 3,000 people, up from 1,000 people three weeks ago.

“There has been a significant increase in the refugee population, and we are expecting to have 5,000 to 10,000 people in this camp in the coming weeks,” says Jean Hereu, MSF’s head of mission in Burkina Faso.

MSF is distributing 50 cubic metres of water per day in Mentao. The teams are also providing food, having initially donated five tons of rice, red beans and oil, with more to come pending the start of an emergency response by the World Food Program (WFP). In the coming days, the teams will assess the medical needs of the refugees with Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Health.

Photo:Burkina Faso © 2012 MSF
MSF carried out a food distribution for Malian refugees in the Mentao camp in northern Burkina Faso.

The MSF clinic in northern Burkina Faso has treated more than 40,000 malnourished children in the last three years. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock  tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market.  Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.   

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

The MSF clinic in northern Burkina Faso has treated more than 40,000 malnourished children in the last three years. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Known as the “hunger gap,” rural malnutrition recurs seasonally in Burkina Faso when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on subsistence farming lose their primary source of nourishment. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock  tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market.  Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.   

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Known as the “hunger gap,” rural malnutrition recurs seasonally in Burkina Faso when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on subsistence farming lose their primary source of nourishment. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Every year in Burkina Faso, the MSF program begins seeing a spike in admissions of malnourished children just a few weeks after the harvest runs out. The situation is exacerbated by the poor nutritional value  of the staple crop, Millet. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock  tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market.  Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.   

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Every year in Burkina Faso, the MSF program begins seeing a spike in admissions of malnourished children just a few weeks after the harvest runs out. The situation is exacerbated by the poor nutritional value of the staple crop, Millet. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Known as the “hunger gap,” rural malnutrition recurs seasonally in Burkina Faso when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on subsistence farming lose their primary source of nourishment. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock  tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market.  Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.   

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

Known as the “hunger gap,” rural malnutrition recurs seasonally in Burkina Faso when crops are scarce and the 80 percent of Burkinabe who depend on subsistence farming lose their primary source of nourishment. In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photo: Burkina Faso 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII

In the Starved for Attention Film "A Mother’s Devotion," photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition and donate your profile to help us rewrite the story.

Photojournalist Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

This is one of 195 million stories of malnutrition. Sign the petition to help us rewrite the story.

Interview with Jessica Dimmock - Starved for Attention Photojournalist

This video combines an interview with photojournalist Jessica Dimmock and some of her photos from Burkina Faso for the Starved for Attention project.

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Burkina Faso: A Mother’s Devotion

Jessica Dimmock tenderly captures the heartbreaking emotional strains experienced by a young, hard working mother, Natasha, simply trying to feed her children. Alone at 24, she scavenges firewood to sell in the market. Her meager earnings force an impossible choice: between buying food or medicine for her three children.

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Today, on World Food Day, SIGN and SHARE the Starved For Attention petition and be part of the campaign to rewrite the story of malnutrition and demand that the 195 million malnourished children get the attention they need and deserve to escape the deadly cycle of malnutrition.