In Mali, internally displaced persons and communities affected by the conflict continue to struggle to access food, water, health care, education, protection and livelihood opportunities. For many families, UNHCR and other humanitarian organisations are the sole providers of protection and essential services.
Almost four years after the conflict erupted, nearly 139,000 Malian refugees remain in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger. More recently, around 4,000 Malians have fled to Niger.
UNHCR continues to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees living in camps and host communities in the three asylum countries, focusing on self-reliance and peaceful coexistence.
In line with its regional strategy recently developed for 2016-2017, UNHCR is advocating to ensure refugees have access to national public services, particularly education and health as well as opportunities for employment.
Critical funding shortfalls jeopardise UNHCR operations in Mali and in the region. Without additional donor contributions, UNHCR will be forced to significantly and immediately limit the number of people supported with essential protection and assistance.
139,187 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso,
61,920 IDPs in Mali
38,053 Total number of returnees, as of 31 October 2015
USD 111.2 million required by UNHCR for the situation in 2015