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WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 14, 2013) — As French and other forces conduct an offensive against Islamist rebels in the northern districts of Mali, Save the Children is warning that children and women forced to flee for their lives are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the country. Families forced from their homes are adding to the almost 350,000 people who fled the region after last year’s fighting erupted.
Save the Children's Country Director Tom McCormack said, "Families and children are starting to arrive in Bamako and other areas. They have fled the fighting and are especially vulnerable. Many of these displaced families were likely too poor to flee the fighting last year as the northern reaches of Mali suffered through one of the worst droughts in living memory. Many will be in dire need of assistance."
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