Support to the 2013 ICRC Emergency Appeal Niamey (Regional), covering Mali & Niger
Continually present in the region since 1982, the ICRC
opened its Niamey regional delegation in 2010 in response
to the consequences of fighting between government
forces and armed groups and of other situations of
violence in northern Mali and Niger.
In early 2012, an armed rebellion led by the Mouvement
National de Liberation de l’Azawad and other armed
groups broke out in northern Mali. Fighting escalated into
armed conflict, complicated by a coup d’état staged by
military officers in the capital, Bamako.
The conflict has disrupted water, health and education
services in the north. Looting of stocks in the main cities
has further jeopardized the food security of thousands of
families in a region hard hit by previous and ongoing food
Niger remains vulnerable to the spillover of violence and
the presence of refugees from Mali and elsewhere in the
region. Influxes of people fleeing conflict are adding to
existing social and economic pressures.
The ICRC under this Appeal seeks to protect
and assist people affected by violence and adverse climatic
conditions and visits detainees, providing them with
aid where necessary. It also promotes IHL among armed
and security forces and armed groups and encourages its
implementation by the authorities of the region. Finally, it works
closely with the region’s National Red Cross Societies and helps
them develop their operational capacities.