Urgent need to limit the impact of explosive devices on civilians in Mali – Between 2021 and 2022 Mali saw a further increase in the number of civilian casualties from explosive ordnances, especially improvised explosive devices (IEDs)/mines.
This is the largest increase since 2018, when the IED/mine threat shifted from the North to the more densely populated Centre. As the IEDs/mines proliferate and scatter across the central regions, vulnerable populations and communities are significantly impacted – in terms of their access to livelihoods, basic social services and humanitarian assistance.
Finally, the spreading of this threat to southern areas represents an increasingly worrying trend, calling for attention and further action.
Against this background of increased risks and civilian victims, the humanitarian response remains still largely underfunded and faces major challenges in terms of access and availability of services.
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