On 13 May an attack by armed militia groups reportedly killed 12 civilians in a Fulani village close to Niono, Segou region. It is believed that the victims had fled intercommunity violence from the neighbouring district. This is the latest attack linked to the violence affecting the centre of the country, with many smaller incidents involving the execution of civilians. Retaliatory violence has escalated since the massacre in Ogossagou (village near Mopti) last March that resulted in over 160 civilians killed and hundreds wounded.
The number of people displaced by violence and conflict in central and northern Mali has seen a dramatic spike with 133,000 newly displaced since the beginning of the year. Humanitarian actors provide rapid assistance in protection, basic healthcare, food and nutrition, but given the sharp increase in needs and the high vulnerability of the affected population, the available funds are insufficient. The ($296.5 million) Humanitarian Response Plan is only 11% funded.