Mali: Recovery is hampered by poverty and food insecurity

October 25, 2013

The problem is, Alousseini says, she can't afford to buy the ingredients. "I know this would improve my children's nutrition, but I don't have the means to buy this kind of food for my family," she explains in Tamashek, the language of her Tuareg ethnic group. "Usually I feed my children rice. With no vegetables and no meat. It's all I can afford."

Alousseini – whose two youngest children are malnourished and are receiving sachets of Plumpy'nut at the centre from the World Food Programme and Action Contre la Faim – has a personal story that embodies much of the history of Mali's conflict. Driven from Gao long before the war by poverty and food shortages, she and her family moved to Benghazi in Libya, where her husband found work.