MALI – April 5 – International agency Oxfam today warned that sanctions imposed on Mali could have devastating consequences on 3.5m people already at risk of hunger, if humanitarian needs are not safeguarded. The agency called for countries in the region to review the imposition of sanctions to ensure populations are protected, and promote diplomatic efforts to find a political solution that would allow basic needs to be met in conditions of peace and security.
“If maintained as they are for more than even a few days, sanctions by ECOWAS could further undermine the efforts to help the 3.5 million Malians already affected by a serious food crisis,” said Eric Mamboué Oxfam Country director in the country.
Mr Mamboué added: “Some of the sanctions may prove to be a blunt instrument that hurt the weakest first and foremost, without adequate safeguards. The most vulnerable need to be protected from any actions that seek to bring an end to Mali’s political crisis. We call on those imposing and backing the sanctions to think again and ensure that the impact on ordinary people is kept to a minimum, while also taking steps to ensure that assistance can continue to reach those who need it most.”
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