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Fire destroys Malian displaced camp

Fire destroys Malian displaced camp


<p>Displaced Malians were forced to flee as a fire tore through their makeshift camp in the capital Bamako, destroying tents and reducing the land to ashes.</p> <p>Nobody was reported killed in the fire, Security Minister Salif Traore told <span class="caps">AFP</span>.</p> <p>The Faladie camp — little more than a collection of huts resting on a landfill — was home to more than 1,000 people, most of whom had fled violence in central Mali.</p> <p>“I had been living there for two years,” said Aminata Diallo while looking at the ruins of her hut. She told <span class="caps">AFP</span> she had fled her home in central Mali because of war “and again I have lost everything”.</p> <p>Officials said they were not yet sure what started the fire but one survivor said people had been burning rubbish in the landfill.</p> <p>“People set fire to waste to burn it and with the strong wind today everything caught fire at the end of the morning, it is a disaster,” said Ibrahim Maiga, a survivor of the fire.</p> <p>“We don’t know what to do tonight, what to do next,” said Ibrahima Sarre, a humanitarian worker at the camp.</p> <p>Officials promised to find somewhere else for the people to go.</p> <p>Mali is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted in 2012, and which has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fire in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mali?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mali</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/displaced?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#displaced</a> camp in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bamako?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bamako</a> <a href="https://t.co/F4WOBx2k0X">https://t.co/F4WOBx2k0X</a></p>— Abdourahmane Dia (@abdourdia_voa) <a href="https://twitter.com/abdourdia_voa/status/1255316245697769474?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

People set fire to waste to burn it and with the strong wind today everything caught fire at the end of the morning, it is a disaster.

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