Since mid-January, fighting between government forces and separatist rebels in Mali has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. In neighboring Burkina Faso, Malian refugees indicate that they are fleeing due to fear of possible counter-attacks by the Malian army, banditry, and general lawlessness in the north. The precarious security situation at the border with Mali is preventing the UN Refugee Agency from monitoring the conditions of refugees in some areas. This crisis is compounded by the fact that many of the Malian refugees are arriving in parts of Burkina Faso - as well as Niger - that are among the most affected by food insecurity in the region.
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Women seek shade from the beating sun while awaiting a food distribution in Ferrerio Camp. Temperatures on this day reached 113 degrees (F).
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