Mali has faced a political and security crisis since 2012 which has had a devastating impact on the humanitarian situation of people living in the conflict areas. Sadly the violence has been intensifying in the central region for over a year and is seriously affecting the civilian population.
MSF intervention in Maimusari
Between 500 000 to 800 000 people, mainly displaced or living in enclaves, receive very little food and have extremely limited access to medical care. Since the Nigerian army took over major cities and towns in Borno State from the hands of the forces of Boko Haram, a serious deterioration in the health situation appeared during assessments by UN agencies.
In Bama, the second city of Borno, MSF observed very high mortality rate. Bama is now a ghost town, accessible only with an escort of the army. The displaced population, estimated at about 10 000 people, is regrouped in a camp which is located within the walls of an abandoned hospital.