UNHCR chief meets Malian refugees in Burkina Faso
Raichatou rests in her shelter while her grandsons and 30-year-old daughter play around. The 62-year-old grandmother left her village on foot in February with 13 members of her family. She recalls, We left everything behind us, we only took some water for our animals, but of course that was not enough. We had 430 goats. Most died from dehydration when we escaped Mali and walked to Burkina Faso. We were able to kill and eat some of them before they died. Now we are left with only 30 goats. We left because everybody around us was leaving their villages. We panicked. We had news that main cities were being taken over by armed groups. Raichatou now feels safe in Burkina Faso and do not want to return to Mali unless peace prevails again.
UNHCR / H. Caux / July 25, 2012