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Mali: Northern takeover internally displaces at least 118,000 people

Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) - Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:47 PM
Author: International Displacement Monitoring Centre
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Few could have predicted that Mali, long considered a beacon of democracy in West Africa, would in less than a year see half its territory overrun by Islamic militants and a tenth of its northern population internally displaced. Instability and insecurity resulting from clashes between government forces and Tuareg separatists and proliferation of armed groups in northern Mali in the wake of a coup d'eÌ&${esc.hash}129;tat have combined with a Sahel-wide food crisis to force some 393,000 Malians from their homes since January 2012, some 118,800 of whom are estimated to be internally displaced.


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