UN: Malian refugees continuing to flee

The United Nations Refugee Agency said refugees are continuing to leave Mali, and some of those internally displaced in the south of the country are fearful of returning to their homes for fear of reprisals.

Reports of unrest and revenge attacks are dissuading groups from travelling back north, the UN said:

Reports show that Tuareg and Arab minorities, in particular, have been targeted because of their perceived support for the rebels, who have been accused of serious abuses against the population.

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