Mali Refugees’ Overwhelming Joy for Ramadan Aid
ACTNews, BAMAKO - In the first day of Ramadan (6/5), hundreds of internally displaced people gathered near Faladie Camp, Bamako City, Mali, West Africa. Hundreds of families were ready to receive food and sanitation packages distributed by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). This aid distribution in the beginning of Ramadan was a result of a humanitarian collaboration between ACT and Kitabisa.com
On that Monday afternoon, the situation was boisterous due to the approaching delivery of food and sanitation aid. One by one, the people who have gathered received two packages and shouldered the items to their houses.
“Yesterday, we delivered rice, sugar, toothpaste, bath soap, washing soap, chlorine, and mosquito net. Each package is sufficient for 100 families,” said Andi Noor Faradiba from Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT Team on Thursday (9/5).
“They rarely receive any aid from Indonesia. This aid is very useful for them, as they are having a hard time to get food and other supplies during Ramadan. Now, they can rest easy without any worry about meals for suhoor,” Faradiba added.
The aid for Camp Faladie is the first phase of the humanitarian aid program for Mali. In the future, ACT and Kitabisa.com will distribute the second phase of the aid, which will be held in the camps nearby Mopti City, where conflicts often escalated.
Based on the reports by ACT Volunteers in Mali, up until now, the internally displaced people are avoiding Central Mali, especially Mopit. They usually moved to South Mali, and Bamako City is one of the destinations of the internally displaced people.
Mopti is considered a potential conflict zone, as frictions between community often occur in the city. On 4th May 2019, Reuters reported that at least 18 people died on the first week of May in Central Mali attack. The one week attack was an escalation of the previous war on 23rd March 2019, which killed 157 Muslims from Fulani ethnic group.
Other than adult victims, the internal conflict also affected other aspects in Mali. UNICEF data showed that in Bankass area, one of the conflict zones in Mopti, at least 46 died are children. Consequently, in March, 525 from 866 schools were closed in Mopti because of the escalating situation.