IOM Mali News

The Malian regions of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal are now hosting nearly 196,000 returnees and 107,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and are in need of urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to IOM displacement tracking data.

IOM’s displacement tracking matrix shows that access to basic services such as water and primary healthcare, as well as shelter and income generation, are now major concerns.

Central African Republic - This weekend IOM organized four evacuation flights from Cameroon at the request of the Malian government for 672 Malians stranded by the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR).

Malian Ambassador to Gabon, Dagnoko Diadié, and a Malian Embassy representative went to Kenzou, Cameroon on the CAR border, where over 12,000 migrants are stranded, to identify Malian citizens and to support the IOM effort.

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the 2012 conflict in Mali has decreased, while the trend of return to the country’s northern regions has increased, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report published today.

The number of IDPs nationwide is now estimated at 199,575, down 29.6 per cent from the 283,726 reported in October 2013.

Upon request of the Malian Government, IOM carried out last week an operation to assist the voluntary return of 163 Malian stranded in Libya for several months.

Most of the stranded migrants in this group had initially left Mali for Algeria. With the money earned working in the Northern African country they jointly bought a boat to make their way towards Lampedusa in late July, an island known as a prime transit point for migrants wanting to enter Europe, particularly those originating from Africa.

According to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report published by IOM Mali, 45,526 households (283,726 individuals) are still internally displaced as consequence of the 2012 crisis in the country’s north.