BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it was responding to "a triple crisis" in Mali with more than $29 million in humanitarian assistance.
Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for crisis response, said Tuesday her top priority was to ensure Mali can respond to crises compounded by a multilateral military response to militancy.
"In Mali, the most vulnerable have been hit by a triple crisis over the past year: first a drought that led to a major food and nutrition crisis in 2012, then political instability and conflict," she said in a statement.
Mali last month called for military support from former colonial power France to help fight foreign and Islamic militants pushing their way south toward Bamako. Control over northern Mali was lost to foreign rebels and Islamic militants in a 2012 coup.
"We mustn't forget that apart from the 167,000 Malians who have taken refuge in neighboring countries and 227,000 more who have fled the fighting in the north there are a million people affected by the crisis in the north in urgent need of food assistance," Georgieva said.
Britain this week announced it was sending around 40 troops to Mali to help with a military training mission supported by the European Union.
The U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, along with the French government, estimate it may cost around $11 million to restore cultural heritage sites in Mali destroyed during the conflict.
|Additional Special Reports Stories|
KAMPALA, Uganda, May 21 (UPI) --Ugandan police closed down the offices of the Daily Monitor after it ran a series of articles about the president making his son successor, journalists said.
NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) --U.S. hip-hop mogul Jay-Z says his wife Beyonce is not pregnant with their second child, despite persistent rumors claiming she is.
WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) --A member of Congress who led an investigation into the BP oil spill in 2010 expressed outrage that a judge threw out a charge against a former BP executive.