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New From CFR: John Campbell on Poverty and the Conflict in Mali

by Development Channel Staff
January 17, 2013

French troops drive to Segou in Mali on January 16, 2013 (Francois Rihouay/Courtesy Reuters). French troops drive to Segou in Mali on January 16, 2013 (Francois Rihouay/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on his blog, CFR senior fellow John Campbell wrote about the dire poverty facing Malians, a situation only exacerbated by the current conflict. As he notes:

Infant mortality exceeds 10 percent. Life expectancy at birth is among the shortest in the world. More than 10 percent of the population is nomadic; in the north, that percentage is far higher. With climate change and the Sahara desert creeping ever southward, life for rural and nomadic populations in the north is getting worse; even at the best of times. Drought is now a common reality.

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