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Mali Situation Update No 16 - 1 March 2013

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GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 1 March 2013, the total number of Malian refugees in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger and Togo is 172,426 individuals. The estimated number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mali as a result of the crisis as of 21 February is 260,665 individuals according to the Commission of Population Movements. The current number of Malian refugees and IDPs is 433,091 individuals.

  • In Niger, UNHCR, the national authorities and partners have relocated 1,741 refugees in February from Banibangou spontaneous site to Mangaize camp while in Burkina Faso, the relocation of 911 refugees from Goutoure Gnegne spontaneous site to Goudebo camp has been completed.

  • In Niger, a measles outbreak started on 9 February in Mangaize where 33 cases, of which 32 refugees, have been detected as at the end of the month. An immunization campaign targeting unvaccinated children from 6 months to 14 years has started. As of 9 March, Burkina Faso had registered 230 measles cases of which, at least, 138 cases were among the refugee population. Routine immunization activities have been strengthened.

  • In Burkina Faso, UNHCR and the Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure the preservation of the humanitarian and civilian character of refugee camps.

  • UNHCR’s total financial requirements for the Mali Situation for 2013 stand at USD 112 million for the existing refugee and IDP operations in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Mali. The requirement for additional funds with respect to further displacement or preparation for return will be communicated as the situation evolves.

  • UNHCR is grateful to donors who have thus far committed pledges amounting to USD 16.1 million to respond to this crisis. UNHCR and its partners are appealing for urgent financial support from donors for the Malian displaced as the amount raised represents only 14.4% of the budget at this point.