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The ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger

13-02-2013 Overview

In Niger, the ICRC works mainly to relieve the effects of chronic food crises in areas previously affected by armed violence and inter-communal tensions. In Mali, the ICRC brings aid to people suffering the combined effects of the armed conflict and the food crisis there.

Caring for the sick and injured

In Niger, the ICRC recently refurbished the limb-fitting and rehabilitation centre located in Niamey's National Hospital.

In northern Mali, meanwhile, the ICRC has made access to emergency care easier for war-wounded people. The hospital in Gao is once again operational thanks to ICRC support.

The ICRC supports health-care facilities in both countries and was on hand for their national polio-vaccination days.

Visiting detainees

In Niger, the ICRC visits prisons and, where needed, repairs infrastructure on which the detainees' welfare depends.

The ICRC has visited people detained in connection with the conflict in northern Mali, both people in the hands of the Malian army and others held by armed groups. It has also facilitated the return of detainees freed by their captors.

Aiding Malian detainees and refugees

In Mali, the ICRC and the Mali Red Cross have supplied food, shelter and medical care for displaced people in Gao, Kidal and Tombouctou regions. Further south, both organizations are helping people who have taken refuge in Ségou, Sikasso and Mopti regions.

The conflict in northern Mali has caused large numbers of people to flee across the Niger border into Tillabéry department. There the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Niger have provided food and other basic items to Malian refugees and returnees to Niger.

Providing drinking water

In northern Mali, the ICRC is supplying fuel for power stations in the towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu in order to maintain the drinking-water supply.

Mitigating the effects of the food crisis

In Niger, the ICRC is distributing food and seed in Tillabéry department. In Agadez department, it is providing grain that is sold on at affordable prices.

The ICRC and the Mali Red Cross are conducting food distributions in northern Mali. After an interruption due to the security situation, distributions resumed in mid-July 2012.

With ICRC support, 4.3 million animals in the two countries have been vaccinated and treated against parasites. Animal feed has been made available. The weakest animals are bought at a good price and slaughtered, and the meat is distributed to the poorest people. The proceeds from their sale enable farmers to buy grain.

Supporting migrants returning from Libya

The armed conflict in Libya caused migrants to return to Niger and Mali in huge numbers. Thanks to shelter and transit centres set up by the ICRC in cooperation with the Red Cross Society of Niger and the Mali Red Cross, vulnerable migrants receive food, have access to transport and are able to communicate with their families.

Promoting international humanitarian law

The ICRC promotes international humanitarian law among armed forces personnel and other weapon bearers, and encourages its implementation by the authorities.



In the region of Tillabéri (western Niger).
© ICRC / S. Barmou


Food distribution near Kidal (north-eastern Mali).