Mali Complex Emergency Situation Report No. 4

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 15 May 2012

This report is produced by the OCHA Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar in collaboration with humanitarian partners and is issued by OCHA Headquarters in New York. It covers the period from 8 to 14 May 2012. The next report will be issued on or around 23 May.


  • About 3.5 million people are affected by the food security and nutrition crisis in Mali. 175,000 children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the country, and 385,000 more are suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.

  • The situation in northern Mali remains precarious, but the vast majority of people affected by the food security and nutrition crisis are in the south and require urgent assistance.

  • As of 14 May, the number of IDPs in Mali was estimated at 146,900. Continuing population movements (including limited returns) complicate accurate assessments.

  • Malian refugees arrived in neighbouring countries at a slightly higher rate this week. As of 14 May, over 161,000 Malian refugees had been registered in Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger. According to a statement by the Algerian Government in March, at least 30,000 more are in Algeria.

  • Mali’s political outlook remains uncertain in the absence of an agreement on who will lead the transition process after 22 May.

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