Help needed for thousands of children in Mali
22 January 2013
A family who fled Mali waits desperately at a nearby Plan Refugee Camp in Niger.
Women and children are in desperate need of the basics – food, water and shelter - as fighting continues across Mali, leaving 376,000 people displaced and many without access to aid.
In the days following the fighting that erupted on January 10th, at least 10,000 more Malians have abandoned their homes and joined the hundreds of thousands that are already displaced. The UN refugee agency predicts this number will rise to more than 750,000 throughout the year.
Malnutrition rates amongst children under-five at refugee camps in nearby Niger are now at 21 per cent - way above the threshold of 15 per cent, which the World Health Organisation uses to declare an emergency.
"The situation is desperate," Plan International in Australia CEO Ian Wishart said.
"Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of the basics and the reality is we need financial support to ensure we can continue to deliver this.
"Of most concern to us right now is the safety, security and welfare of children, who we know from experience in an emergency situation are most at risk."
You can donate to Plan's Children in Crisis fund. For as little as $15 you can provide hot meals for one child for two weeks. $75 will provide a family of five with food for a week.
How your donations help...
- $15 will provide hot meals for one child for two weeks;
- $25 will cover the cost of providing Child Friendly Spaces for 50 children each week;
- $50 will buy a dignity kit* for a newly arrived IDPs.
- $75 will provide a family of five with food for a week.
* Comprises basic needs items such as towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, rubber slippers, paracetamol, and mosquito nets
Read the latest media release about the situation by Plan International in Australia.