Growing Up in War Torn Mali

On the night of 23 March, the village of Ogossagou was attacked, leaving 46 children dead, according to United Nations estimates. On top of providing medical assistance, UNICEF and our NGO partner Coopi are helping children overcome trauma. But the psychological needs of the children here remain enormous. Grave violations against children including killing and maiming, attacks and threats on schools and teachers, as well as sexual and gender-based violence, are all on the increase. But beyond grave violations, there is a slow burn crisis happening as well. Food prices are rising, insecurity is forcing schools to close and is compromising access to health centers, and displacement of the most vulnerable families is accelerating. In short, the crisis in central Mali is impacting all aspects of children’s lives — jeopardizing their right to safety, protection, to health and to education.


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