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Rebel groups in northern Mali have staged uprisings against the government since the early 1990s. A coup that removed the President in March 2012, effectively split the country in two, with armed Islamists controlling the northern regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu. Violence in 2012 caused huge numbers of people to flee their homes, making millions of Malians vulnerable to malnutrition, epidemics and lack of access to health care.
International Medical Corps mobilized an emergency response in Mali in January 2013 after rebel armed forces from the north began moving south, triggering French military intervention. Mali continues to be in political, constitutional and military crisis. Due to the ongoing instability, over 250,000 people remain internally displaced and 150,000 reside as refugees in neighboring countries.This fragility has caused a critical humanitarian situation. In 2014, an estimated half a million children will suffer from Global Acute Malnutrition by the end of the year.
International Medical Corps is working in the north of Mali in areas around Timbuktu, providing emergency health, nutrition and protection services to Malians affected by the conflict. In Timbuktu, which was under the control of armed Islamist rebel groups since April 2012, our team found pillaged clinics, missing medical personnel and damaged health infrastructure. Our rapid assessments on the ground identified significant gaps in health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and protection services.