Mali is three and a half times larger than Germany, approximately 60% of which surface is covered by desert. Most Malians live in the country’s fertile south. In its north, Islamist militias regularly attempt to take control. The living situation has deteriorated since the outbreak of the uprisings and the interference of Islamist groups. The population in the north in particular, but increasingly also the people in the central region, suffer from violence, restrictions on freedom of movement and lack of access to basic services such as food, drinking water, health services or education. Welthungerhilfe has been active in Mali since the 1960s.