U.S. Embassy Staff Support Malians by the conflict in the north
U.S. Embassy Staff Support Malians Displaced by Conflict in the North
On Wednesday, August 8th, Ambassador Leonard, on behalf all the Malian and American staff members of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, presented the Malian Red Cross with a donation of rice, pasta, sugar, oil, and salt as well as a financial contribution to support the transport of other commodities that the Red Cross had already received from other donors – a priority need identified by the organization. In response to the crisis in the north of Mali and the displacement it has caused, the U.S. Embassy community wanted to take action to help both the displaced individuals and the communities that are hosting them.
Nearly 300,000 Malians are displaced, either within Mali or as refugees in neighboring countries. This small gesture from the U.S. Embassy community was designed to show our solidarity with Mali and the Malian people and to encourage a rapid end to the conflict in the North so that the displaced population can return home in safety and dignity to begin to rebuild their lives and their country.
The Embassy is pleased to be able to partner with the Malian Red Cross, an organization that has led the movement to assist Mali’s displaced population.