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Humanitarian crisis unfolding in northern Mali
Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:46AM
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The French-led war in Mali has caused a serious humanitarian crisis in northern areas of the country and has displaced thousands of people, who now live in deplorable conditions, Press TV reports.


The people of northern Mali say the French war and the ruling junta are blocking the flow of humanitarian assistance to the war-affected areas, Press TV correspondent Daniel Arapmoi reported from northern Mali on Saturday.

The northern Malians say the blockade of the area by French and Malian troops has undermined the activities of healthcare workers in several refugee camps. Most of the camps have dire shortages of necessities such as food and medicine.

Dr. Salif Kone told Press TV that the war has caused a severe shortage of food and medicine and has created many problems for the Malian people.

France launched a war in Mali on January 11 under the pretext of halting the advance of rebel fighters in the country.

On February 1, Amnesty International said “serious human rights breaches” -- including the killing of children - were occurring in the French war in Mali.

Chaos broke out in the West African country after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government's inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.

However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine extremists then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France or Texas.

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