28 August 2012: REFUGEES fleeing conflict in Mali are using BGAN and IsatPhone Pro to keep in touch with loved ones.
The Inmarsat-sponsored emergency communications agency Télécoms Sans Frontiềres (TSF) has deployed its expertise to help thousands of Malians at two refugee camps in neighbouring Burkina Faso.
BGAN is being used to help the UNHCR carry out its assessment mission, but we are also providing humanitarian calls," explained TSF spokeswoman Laure Crampe.
The UN estimates that around 250,000 Malians have crossed borders, seeking refuge in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Algeria.
This migration follows the March coup by rebel factions who seized control of Mali’s northern region.
The conflict exacerbates a serious food crisis already affecting Mali and other countries since harvests failed last year in the Sahel region, which is inhabited by 18 million people from eight countries.
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