IOM Mali News

IOM has started an evaluation to assess the needs of the displaced population (IDPs), returnees and host communities in 109 villages in the northern part of Mali.

The assessment will evaluate the situation of the population affected following the occupation of the area by armed groups in 2012.  The crisis led to the displacement of more than 517,000 people, including 333,000 IDPs and 175,282 refugees.

The evaluation is an initiative of the Commission on Population Movement (CMP), an IOM-led working group within the Protection Cluster.

IOM is continuing to support the Malian Government in responding to the emergency caused by  floods that hit the capital Bamako on the 28th of August which, according to the General Directorate for the Protection of Civilians (DGPC), left 37 dead and affected some 2,133 families or 20,000 people.

Heavy rains in the Malian capital Bamako  last week left a confirmed number of 34 deaths and about 1,539 families affected (approximately 13,851 people) in two of the six communes of the city.

The Government of Mali through the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC) has requested IOM’s support to provide immediate assistance to the populations affected.

IOM, in collaboration with UNICEF, IRC and local NGO Samu Social has conducted a training for 22 Malian officials on child protection in emergencies.

The training included tracing and family reunification in emergency situations, psychosocial first aid, communication with children in the aftermath of violence, data protection and confidentiality.

Participants were drawn from the Bamako district field staff of the Direction Nationale du Développement Social (DNDS)  and the  Direction Nationale de la Promotion de l’Enfant et de la Femme (DNPEF).

European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) Director General Claus Sorensen this week met with internally displaced Malians identified by IOM’s ECHO-funded project to track displacement in the conflict-affected West African nation.

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still living in protracted displacement in Mali following the occupation of the northern part of the country by Islamist rebels in early 2012 and the subsequent military intervention led by Malian and French troops.