In the month of September, an escalation of violence and insecurity in the ongoing conflict in the Timbuktu region of Mali caused large-scale displacement of civilians. People who are fleeing the armed clashes, air strikes and raids are without adequate shelter, food and water. Most households are sharing makeshift shelters and illness is common, especially among children. Families are living on 1-2 low-quality meals per day and drinking untreated water from the Niger River. The current living conditions also increase the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
Islamic Relief is responding to water and hygiene needs by rehabilitating six water points, based on assessment of needs and in consultation with women and girls who are the principle carriers of water. Water management committees will be formed, and trained on water point management and awareness activities.
Islamic Relief will also conduct sensitization sessions including topics on Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention, WASH best practices, COVID-19, and social cohesion in collaboration with local health and water services.