|Woman washing clothes and dishes in the refugee camp built in a landfill near the Bamako Airport|
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A FUNDRAISER FOR THE CAMPS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE FROM THE DOGON REGION OF MALI
The COVID -19 pandemic is spreading across Sub-Saharan Africa, threatening its most vulnerable citizens. In Mali, thousands of villagers have fled the central Mopti region where much of Dogon Country and the Niger River flood plain have come under the control of Islamic extremists. Hundreds of villages have been ransacked, houses and granaries looted and burned and livestock stolen. Innocent women, children and men have been murdered in an interethnic conflict instigated primarily by outside forces.
Many Dogon and Fulani displaced persons from the Mopti region have been living in Bamako for over 3 years in tent camps without toilets or running water. In such cramped quarters it is impossible for them to respect recommended measures of hygiene and social distancing.
In March 2020, a group of Malian students shot a video entitled Le Camp de l’Espoir documenting the living conditions in the displaced persons’ camp in the Faladié neighborhood.
https://vimeo.com/401417763 (password : Mopti).
On April 28th 2020, a fire broke out in Faladié, destroying most of the camp. Its residents were urgently relocated, rendering them even more prono to outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus that has already claimed numerous victims in the Bamako area. Following the fire, the France 24 TV network broadcast a heart-wrenching report of the deplorable conditions in Faladié and other such camps.
A group of Malians in Canada are launching a campaign to improe hygiene in the camps by acquiring latrines and better access to potable water. Virginia Friends of Mali is partnering in this campaign and is asking for donations from our members and their networks. Funds will be distributed in Bamako by CECI, a highly-respected Canadian NGO that has been active in Mali for over 30 years. www.ceci.ca/en
Donors will receive an acknowledgement of receipt and regular updates on how the money is appropriated.
Donations by check - Canadian and American donors:
Canadian and American donors can make a donation by check made payable to CECI, with "Mopti" on the memo line and send it to the following address:
Donations by credit card
American donors who prefer to donate by credit card can do so by telephone:
Ginette Michaud, Senior Advisor in Philanthropic Development
Telephone: (514) 875-9911 ext. 283
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