Al-Quaeda Spread Starvation in Mali

Women and her children suffer further from harsh conditions

"My husband is away in Libya. . ."

Halifatou Alousseini, Malian resident and victim, shares a bit of her story: "My husband is away in Libya to find work, but since last March I have lost contact with him. . .When the rebels took control of Gao, I was all alone with my children. I was scared, so we fled to Niger. We came back three months ago. I'm happy to be back, but things are not the same. There is no cohesion anymore." She later explains how Al-Qaeda made "poverty and food shortage" no longer a rarity.

"Why Hasn't Anyone Done Anything?"

Residents of Mali complain that action hasn't really been brought upon the enduring problems in Mali and that "Flight and displacement have disrupted farming, livestock activities and trade, and the collapse of state institutions – only now beginning to reform in towns such as Gao – form a complex set of pressures on already vulnerable people," and the government and allies have yet to act upon these problems.