Mali: Overview of Constraints of Humanitarian Access (August 2018)
From 01 April to 31 July, 80 humanitarian access constraints were identified, an increase of 63% from the previous quarter. 24% in Mopti, followed by Gao 23%, Menaka 16%, Timbuktu and Kidal 14%, and Bamako 10%. 73% of these incidents are violence against personnel, humanitarian goods and infrastructure, often consisting of robberies, theft of goods and vehicles. 9% is due to interference or restrictions of freedom of movement. In June, several organisations temporarily suspended activities whilst in Ménaka, all international NGOs temporarily ceased operations. During a distribution event in Ménaka in April, an agent was abused by disgruntled individuals, which led to the cessation of the activity.
In April, a theft and attempted theft of UN vehicles was recorded without physical violence being reported.
In late June and July, a new trend emerged with three attacks on armored vehicles of United Nations agencies.
One staff member was injured in one of the incidents. The shots seem to have been fired after attempts to stop and steal the vehicle were unsuccessful.