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Mali crisis could threaten global security: UN refugee chief

Date Published: 
05/08/2012
Summary: 

The UN estimates the Mali crisis has forced more than 320,000 people from their homes, with 187,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including Niger - already in the grips of a new drought that has put millions at risk of hunger. World Food Programme chief Ertharin Cousin said her agency needs $100 million (76 million euros) by year's end for Niger. Just 40 percent of the funds required have been raised, she said.