IOM Mali News

An IOM survey of internally displaced families from the northern areas of Mali living in the capital Bamako and the adjacent town of Koulikoro has indicated that 93 per cent of them want to return home to the north as soon as security and economic conditions permit.

The telephone survey, which was conducted earlier this month, polled 836 families from the northern towns of Timbuktu and Gao, which were under rebel occupation until their liberation by French and Malian forces in January.

IOM Mali is appealing for USD 6 million to continue to provide a range of emergency relief services to internally displaced people (IDPs) and impoverished host families in Mali, who have to share their meagre resources with the displaced.

According to recent data released by the IASC Protection Cluster’s Commission on Population Movement in Mali, there are over 200,000 IDPs in the country, most of whom fled their homes in northern Mali after rebels occupied the area.

USAID and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) have agreed to provide USD 774,000 and USD 70,000 respectively to help IOM to deliver lifesaving aid to some 25,000 vulnerable Malians displaced by conflict in the north of the country.

The aid, including essential non-food relief items, transport assistance, family tracing and reunification, medical referrals and psychosocial assistance, will target the most vulnerable, including women, unaccompanied children, the aged and those living with disabilities.

IOM is urgently appealing for USD 3.5 million to provide immediate life-saving assistance to internally displaced Malians who have fled fighting and insecurity in the north of the country to seek shelter in the capital Bamako, the northern river port city of Mopti and the western city of Kayes.

As part of its global efforts to facilitate migration and support governments, IOM will open a Canadian visa application centre (CANVAC) in the West African country of Mali today, 16th December.