Caritas migrant house in Gao, also called the gateway to the Sahara, is a sanctuary where migrants can find support and advice on their journey.
Caritas urged governments, local leaders and donors to act in Africa’s central Sahel, which is facing one of the world’s fastest-growing crises.
Caritas has launched an emergency appeal to raise money to help 4.3 million people in need humanitarian assistance in Mali.
The upsurge in armed attacks, poorly supervised human migration, and an increase in food insecurity are endangering social cohesion and peace in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Nearly 6 million people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children.
Elvine, 37, paid 6,000 Euro to people smugglers to make the tough journey through the desert from Cameroon to Libya, passing through Chad, Niger, Mali and Libya. She was heading for Tripoli where a family friend had offered to give her refuge.