Mali: UN Probes Sex Violence in Conflict-Torn Mali

Malian military on patrol (file photo).

Bamako — THE United Nations (UN) is probing the prevalence of conflict-related sexual violence in Mali.

It is most prevalent in the central region of Mopti, an area with high levels of inter-community tension and insecurity.

Mopti accounts for 27 percent of 3 330 cases of gender-based and sexual violence reported countrywide in 2018.

Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), led a delegation to the area.

The envoy's visit has culminated in the establishment of a "One-Stop" centre that will allow victims and survivors of gender-based violence to be fully supported, for health care, psychosocial, safe and legal monitoring services.

It is a is a multi-functional center, which will also cater for victims and survivors from the northern Mali towns of Timbuktu, Gao, Ménaka , Taoudeni and Kidal.

These are also beset by violence.

Patten meanwhile commended the efforts of UN staff, particularly women, working under challenging circumstances in the West African country.

UN established a peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2013 in response to insecurity.

Mali has emerged among the most dangerous peacekeeping missions with 191 deaths since deployment.

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