Rebel group gives green light to aid convoy to Timbuktu

A woman at a market in Timbuktu. Photo by: Emilio Labrador / CC BY

An aid convoy containing food and medical supplies may finally reach Timbuktu in northern Mali.

The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine said it would allow the convoy entry into the city morning of Wednesday (May 16), Reuters reports. The decision came after a new committee consisting of five Ansar Dine members was created to oversee the aid’s reception and distribution.

The aid-bearing convoy is the first sent to Timbuktu since the coup d’etat in March, according to Reuters. People in the country face food insecurity due to the current political crisis and recurrent droughts in the Sahel region.

The rebel group blocked the convoy Monday (May 14) for not being consulted on the aid’s reception and distribution. But while food and medical supplies were held at bay, doctors, aid workers and journalists who are part of the convoy were allowed into the city.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.