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Young girls share about human rights abuses in Northern Mali

Fatou (not her real name) fled Timbuktu in northern Mali. Photo: ©2013 Maria Mutya Frio/World Vision

Fatou (not her real name) fled Timbuktu in northern Mali.
Photo: ©2013 Maria Mutya Frio/World Vision

Our concern about the plight of girls and young women in Northern Mali grows as reports continue of young women being beaten, sexually assaulted and forced to become ‘brides’ for armed opposition groups.

“The stories we are hearing from these girls are truly horrifying,” said Chance Briggs, World Vision Country Director for Mali. “Those who have escaped with their families have suffered severe traumatic experiences. Some of those who did not flee will have even worse stories to tell.”

World Vision communications manager Maria Mutya Frio spoke to those who have fled conflict zones. Her reports give the statistics a human face.

Wondering how to help? You can make a one-time donation to help children and families affected by conflict in Mali. Your support will help World Vision assist the most vulnerable by providing emergency food in communities where displaced families have settled; advising families about how to keep their children safe during the conflict; and more.

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