Latest updates on country situation
16 April 2023
The security situation continues to deteriorate in Menaka region as a result of clashes between non-state armed groups and attacks against civilians. Non-state armed groups attacking neighbouring communes have led to more than 30,000 people fleeing to Menaka town.
These displaced people are in overcrowded houses or makeshift camps set up on roadsides or outside the town, with an urgent need for drinking water, food, medicine, and shelter assistance.
Since 10 April 2023, the Sahelian branch of the Islamic State has taken control of the locality of Tidermene, one of the main supply routes for Menaka town. This means that humanitarian access to Menaka town is likely to deteriorate.
The extension of the influence area of armed groups in northeastern Mali raises fears of an increase in protection incidents and targeted attacks against certain communities perceived as supporting either the Malian army or other armed groups. (RFI 11/04/2023, RFI 16/04/2023, RFI 13/04/2023, MINUSMA 17/04/2023, TV5 Monde 13/04/2023)
These crises have been identified through the INFORM Severity Index, a tool for measuring and comparing the severity of humanitarian crises globally.
MLI001 - Complex crisis
Last updated 31/08/2023
4.3 Very High
16 June 2022
Mali: Violence in Ménaka and Gao regions
DOCUMENT / PDF / 350 KB
Non-state armed groups have launched an offensive in the north of the country to take advantage of the current context of political instability, the withdrawal of military troops from conflict zones, and the weakness of the UN stabilisation mission in Mali. Their goal is to expand their territorial control on the border between Mali and Niger.
31 March 2021
Scenarios: Humanitarian access in Central Sahel
DOCUMENT / PDF / 1 MB
Possible developments in humanitarian access in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger during 2021.
28 January 2021
Central Sahel: Humanitarian access and civil-military coordination
DOCUMENT / PDF / 924 KB
Irregular and intercommunal conflict and sudden-onset disasters have increased humanitarian needs across the triborder region between Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. Humanitarian operating spaces have also been restricted.
29 April 2020
Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger: Vulnerability to COVID-19 containment measures
DOCUMENT / PDF / 1 MB
This report highlights the potential impact of COVID-19 containment measures in three countries in the Sahel region: Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. The premise of this regional analysis is that, given these key factors, the three countries are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 containment measures.
23 May 2019
Mali: Bamako floods
DOCUMENT / PDF / 499 KB
Heavy rainfall in Bamako on 16 May caused flash floods in all six communes of the city, flooding streets, damaging houses and washing away property. At least 16 people have been killed and several others injured. 10 people are known to have died in Niamakoro district, one of the worst affected areas.