UN imposes sanctions following recent attack on UN peacekeepers
Food security conditions deteriorate during Mali’s lean season
USG provides nearly $47.6 million to date in FY 2017 funding for relief assistance
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In recent months, renewed insecurity and violence, as well as heavy rains and flooding during the June-to-October rainy season, have contributed to deteriorated humanitarian conditions in northern and central Mali, UN reports. Conflict has impeded the delivery of humanitarian assistance and threatened the safety of relief workers, prompting the UN to impose sanctions on individuals thwarting the 2015 peace agreement’s progress.
Insecurity has also negatively affected market activities and households’ purchasing power and access to food, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Nearly 4 million people experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity required food assistance during the June-to-August lean season—an increase of 805,000 people compared to 2016, according to the UN.
To date in FY 2017, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided nearly $47.6 million to UN agencies and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners responding to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by the ongoing complex emergency in Mali.