Conflict in Mali puts over 250,000 orphans at risk
June 12, Bamako: More than 250,000 children in Mali are living without father, mother or both parents due to fighting over the last four years.
The fighting has killed hundreds of people. There are fewer battles involving government troops, separatists and al-Qaeda fighters but the war is far from over, .
As a result, more than 250,000 children in Mali are living without a father, mother or both parents, according to the UN.
Aid workers say the number has risen in the last four years, with many orphans living in refugee camps along the Mali-Mauritania border.
The children who lost their fathers rely on mothers. These children need more help, care and protection.
Condition at a Mauritanian refugee camp that houses displaced Malians are dire. There are no dedicated organisations or groups taking care of orphans.
Maryama Walt Mahmoud, a widow said that whatever they are offering her it was not enough.
"The aid runs out within days and I can't afford to feed them [her four children]. On special occasions, I can’t afford to buy them clothes. We're living in catastrophic conditions. We spend days without food."
The Oslo Times International News Network