Mali, a landlocked country in the Sahel, is among the 25 poorest countries in the world. Sixty-five percent of Mali’s land area is either desert or semi-desert. More than half of the population in Mali does not have access to clean drinking water. Its low level of agricultural production and its high vulnerability to drought makes the country one of the most undeniable cases for humanitarian assistance in the world.
Due to armed conflict in the country in 2012, the condition Malians face worsens. Over 175,000 children under the age of five are threatened with acute malnutrition. Many more suffer from water related diseases such as cholera, which can have deadly consequences in a country not equipped to handle this water-borne disease.
There are over 400,000 refugees and IDPs due to the conflict that erupted in early 2012. Repatriation for Malian refugees is questionable at this point as the crisis in Mali intensifies.
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