Mali

CRS distributes emergency food to people who were forced from their homes when violence intensified in March 2012. Photo by CRS staff

CRS distributes emergency food to people who were forced from their homes when violence intensified in March 2012. Photo by CRS staff

Since 1999, CRS Mali has run development programs that build resilience in rural areas—education, agriculture, health, microfinance, and water and sanitation. After rebel incursions in northern Mali in late 2011, CRS began serving displaced persons with emergency assistance. In March 2012, a coup and rebel occupation caused massive population displacement toward the south. This was preceded by drought in 2011, and followed by large-scale flooding in 2012. In 2013, the Malian government, with Economic Community Of West African States, United Nations and donor support, retook the north, though sporadic attacks continue. The reopening of the north and democratic presidential elections in August 2013 ushered in new possibilities for disaster recovery, rebuilding, and development.

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Stats

Population:15,968,882 (July 2013 est.)
Size:478,841 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Texas
People Served:981,039

History

Since 1999, CRS Mali has run development programs that build resilience in rural areas—education, agriculture, health, microfinance, and water and sanitation. After rebel incursions in northern Mali in late 2011, CRS began serving displaced persons with emergency assistance. In March 2012, a coup and rebel occupation caused massive population displacement toward the south. This was preceded by drought in 2011, and followed by large-scale flooding in 2012. In 2013, the Malian government, with Economic Community Of West African States, United Nations and donor support, retook the north, though sporadic attacks continue. The reopening of the north and democratic presidential elections in August 2013 ushered in new possibilities for disaster recovery, rebuilding, and development.

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