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Renewed Fighting Forcing Mali's Poorest to Flee-Save the Children

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan 14, 2013) - As French and other forces attack northern districts of Mali in an offensive against Islamist rebels, Save the Children today warned 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."

Notes to Editors

Save the Children works in Gao and Mopti, two of the northern cities worst affected by recent fighting. Programs in these areas include feeding programs, cholera prevention, health clinics and helping children return to education.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world''s leading independent organization for children, delivering programmes and improving children''s lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children''s mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Learn more at www.savethechildren.ca and www.facebook.com/savethechildren.ca.