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Here to stay: Malian refugees in the Mauritanian desert | by EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation
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Here to stay: Malian refugees in the Mauritanian desert

Two years after the first refugees fleeing armed conflict in northern Mali stranded in this desert location near the Mauritanian town of Bassikounou , 60 000 of them continue to be rely on aid. Water, food, shelter, health care, all of these essential services in Mbera camp are being provided by humanitarian organisations, some of them funded by ECHO, the European Commission humanitarian aid and civil protection service. With conditions for a safe return home not met, according to the refugees, most of them are not planning to pack their bags anytime soon. © EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie

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Taken on March 25, 2014