Sharp rise in number of children killed in Mali’s deadly attacks

Death toll reported by Unicef highlights deepening crisis, with recent spate of violent ambushes attributed to ethnic militias

The number of children killed in Mali in the first six months of this year is twice the number who died for the whole of 2018, according to the UN’s children agency.

Inter-communal attacks are the main reason for the sharp rise in children being killed and maimed in the west African country, Unicef said, with most of these attacks concentrated in the central region of Mopti. More than 150 children were killed and 75 injured in violent attacks in the first six months of 2019.

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Sharp rise in number of children killed in Mali’s deadly attacks