Agence France-PresseApril 19, 2013 09:00
Aid operations to help 457,000 people who have fled their homes in war-torn Mali are facing a massive funding shortfall, the UN's refugee agency warned Friday.
UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said the agency needed $144 million to provide food, shelter, health-care, water and sanitation and education.
"So far we have received only 32 per cent of this amount," he told reporters.
In addition to those displaced at home, there are more than 175,000 Malian refugees in surrounding countries -- with 75,850 in Mauritania, over 49,000 in Burkina Faso, and some 50,000 in Niger.