In Mali, UN official urges donor support to step up food relief efforts

The top United Nations relief official said today that humanitarian efforts to alleviate the devastating food crisis affecting Mali have begun to yield results, but warned that much still remains to be done and the situation could worsen without continued donor support.

Mali: UNICEF warns of armed groups recruiting children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned of reports that armed groups in northern Mali are increasingly recruiting and using children for military purposes, and called on all parties to keep them out of the way of conflict.

Over 435,000 Malians displaced as country faces complex emergency – UN

More than 435,000 people have been displaced in Mali, as the country faces a complex humanitarian emergency due to conflict and food insecurity, according to a new report released by the United Nations relief agency.

Mali: Security Council requests details of proposed West African stabilization force

Condemning violations of human rights and the destruction of ancient sites in Mali, which is gripped by insurgencies in the north and political turmoil in the capital, the Security Council today encouraged countries and organizations in the region to prepare detailed proposals for a stabilization force for the West African country.

Mali: at Security Council meeting, Ban urges more action, including targeted sanctions

Addressing the “deeply troubling situation” in Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Security Council to consider taking more action – such as travel and financial sanctions – against those responsible for some of the West African country’s current instability.

International response to Malian refugee crisis severely underfunded – UN top official

In the midst of a visit to Burkina Faso, a United Nations top official today urged countries to provide support for the severely under-funded operation for the large number of refugees fleeing Mali.