This week on his blog, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell discussed the humanitarian crisis in Mali and polio in Nigeria. Writing on Mali, he took stock of malnutrition and displacement, along with the international response:
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 53,000 Malians have fled to Niger and 96,000 to Mauritania. UNHCR estimates that 174,000 Malians are internally displaced. The World Food Program (WFP) has enough food to feed 60,000 Malians until the end of September. A WFP official estimates that 77,000 need food aid – other estimates are much higher.
As for Nigeria, Campbell chronicled the continued presence of polio in the north, where radical Islamic leaders have fomented mistrust of vaccination. He concluded:
Despite efforts by the Nigerian government and the international community, polio is far from being eradicated in Nigeria.