Mali - West Africa Taken by Tuareg Militants Needs Aid Quickly
Tuareg militants backed by the ghost of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi have gained sizeable control of several towns in Mali where they have forged systematic efforts to topple its government and seize control in the name of "God." "The Tuaregs hoisted their rebel flag in northern towns, shelled military installations, announced the “liberation” of the area and shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great”, local officials said." Thousands of residents have been forced to find refugee camps as far as Mauritani and there have been hundreds of uncounted casualties. There are sick people, women and children who are in desperate need of food and water. Although some humanitarian aid has managed to get through to some areas there is still a high demand for resources to help save these displaced people. Warfare broke out there in mid-January, and over 60,000 people have fled the country as a result of ethnic hatred, militia killings, looting, and human rights abuses. There are refugees in five countries, and the warfare and human rights abuses are ongoing. There is urgent need for medical support and food relief on the ground. The major food relief agencies are moving in, but the response has been very slow. There are people who are sick and hungry, and I am getting desperate pleas for help from eyewitnesses in remote locations who have cell phones to get aid there immediately.
As he struggled to retain power, the Tuaregs seized sophisticated weaponry before heading back to Mali, where they rekindled a long-standing rebellion which has grown into a major challenge for the impoverished desert nation, allied to America in the fight against the regional al-Qaeda franchise. [/q]