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At the Mentao Nord camp in Burkina Faso

Conflict in the north of Mali, the entrenchment of armed groups and the spread of instability has led to increased humanitarian suffering across the region.


The human impact is evident: 30,000 people are reported to have been displaced by recent combat, adding to the 345,000 Malians who have been displaced already over the last year. Across the region, vulnerable communities struggling to host them.


In Burkina Faso, we aim to reach over 290,000 people, including some 77,000 refugees, with water and public health work, food, cash for work activities, animal health and food programs for pastoralist communities, and assistance to refugees from Mali.


Read more: Oxfam calls on civilians to be protected and humanitarian needs met as Mali conflict escalates


See also: Oxfam's response to the Sahel food crisis.


Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

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Taken on September 21, 2012