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Urgent aid needed for refugees in Mali, archbishop reports

Catholic World News - January 18, 2013

Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, has pleaded for the quick opening of routes allowing humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to refugees.

An estimated 400,000 people have fled from northern Mali to escape fighting there. Those who have taken refuge in the south of the country are in urgent need of food, clean water, shelter, and medical supplies. “We are in the cold season, and it is also damp,” Archbishop Zerbo said. “This makes the humanitarian situation even more complicated.”

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