Amnesty International have launched a report on the deterioating humanitarian situation in Mali. In the report Amnesty writes that Mali is faced with its worst crisis since its independence in 1960. The northern part of the country has been taken over by armed groups and tens of thousands of people have fled the region, creating a humanitarian crisis in the south and in neighbouring countries. Furthermore, a military coup in March of this year has set back almost twenty years of peaceful political changes and has isolated the country internationally. Amnesty is concerned that the entire sub-region risks being destabilized by the effect of political instability, armed conflict in the north and the food crisis.
As a result of the deterioating situation, women and girls are experienceing a lack of security and many cases of gender-based violence including rape has been reported. According to testimonies collected by Amnesty women and girls have been raped, sometimes collectively, by armed men including by members of the MNLA.
To read the report click here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/mali-s-worst-human-rights-situation-50-years-2012-05-15
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