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Mali: Boats Carry Food To Timbuktu

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WFP has partnered with local NGOs to deliver food commodities using boats, called “pinasses”, to vulnerable communities located along the river Niger.  Waterways offer a more secure means of transportation to areas in the north of the country where the political and security situation remains volatile.  

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Pinasses can load up to 20 metric tons of food and spend between 4 and 5 days to cover the 400km distance between Mopti, in central Mali, and Timbuktu.  

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To date WFP has delivered food and nutritional commodities to more than 50,000 people in Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal regions.

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The arrival of food is a cause for celebration in Timbuktu, northern Mali.  4.6 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity due to the ongoing food and nutritional crisis, and conflict. 

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A truck carrying WFP food from Mopti to Gourma-Rharous in Timbuktu region. 

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WFP food assistance is unloaded from a convoy of trucks.  In cooperation with local NGO partners, WFP has been providing assistance to internally displaced persons in Mopti and Segou

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Once all food has been unloaded, children climb into the truck and sweep up leftover grains to ensure that no food goes to waste. 

 Responding to crisis in northern Mali.