Aired on May 30, 2012 — DW’s World in Progress
Aid groups estimate as many as 18 million people face conditions of food insecurity in West and Central Africa, including one million children at risk of severe malnutrition. A prolonged drought across the Sahel region has caused poor harvests and rising food prices from Senegal to Chad.
But in one country in between, sparse rainfalls have exacerbated a man-made crisis.
In Mali, Tuareg fighters rekindled in January a long-simmering rebellion in the northern part of the country. The violence prompted the displacement of over 300,000 people. Some of the 60,000 refugees who linger in camps in Burkina Faso explain how large-scale displacement has aggravated the developing food crisis.
Aired on May 25, 2012 — PRI’s The World
The conflict in North Mali between Tuareg rebels and government forces has displaced over 300,000 people since January according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Violence largely subsided after Tuareg fighters drove Mali’s authorities out of the northern part of the country and declared its independence on April 6th. Yet Tuareg refugees haven’t returned home, and others keep flocking to neighboring countries.
That’s because they see another danger looming: the growing influence of Islamist groups in North Mali.