Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on village attack in Mali

24 March 2019
The remains of the house and corner store of Maïmouna Barry, 45, in the village of Ogossagou-Peulh in Bankass, Mopti region. The village was attacked on the night of 23 March 2019, leaving over 150 people dead, one-third of which were children. The attack also caused significant material damage, including huts and granaries burned and numerous animals slaughtered.
UNICEF Mali/2019/Keita

DAKAR/BAMAKO/NEW YORK, 24 March 2019 – “An attack on a village in Bankass in Mopti, central Mali, has reportedly killed more than 130 people. UNICEF is deeply saddened and outraged that children are among the casualties. 

“Many of the injured children have been evacuated to health facilities for treatment. UNICEF is on the ground helping provide first aid, medicines and therapeutic food.

“Mali’s children are paying the highest price for the intensifying violence in central Mali. Since 2017, rising insecurity has led to an increase in the killing, maiming and recruitment of children. Gender-based violence is on the rise. 

“Children are also increasingly deprived of education and essential health care as violence is causing schools to close and compromising access to health centers.

“UNICEF urges all parties to put an immediate end to the violence and to keep children out of harm’s way. Children’s right to protection from all forms of violence should be upheld at all times.”

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