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22 May 2015 description

Bruxelles, 22 mai 2015

La Commission européenne fournit une aide alimentaire immédiate d'un montant de 34 millions d’euros en faveur des populations les plus vulnérables en Mauritanie, au Sénégal, en Gambie, au Mali, au Niger, au Tchad et au Burkina Faso. Ce financement, qui intervient au début de la période de soudure dans la région du Sahel, contribuera à pallier la pénurie jusqu’à la prochaine récolte.

20 May 2015 description

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 19:30 GMT

Gambia said on Wednesday it would take in all Rohingya boatpeople as part of its "sacred duty" to alleviate the suffering of fellow Muslims flooding Southeast Asia to escape oppression.

The government of the impoverished west African nation appealed to the countries of the region to send the migrants to its shores, where it said it would set them up in refugee camps.

20 May 2015 description

Putrajaya, Malaysia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 21:06 GMT

by M JEGATHESAN

Malaysia and Indonesia said Wednesday they would no longer turn away migrants, a breakthrough in the region's crisis that came just hours after hundreds more starving people were rescued at sea.

Earlier, Myanmar, whose policies toward its ethnic Rohingya minority are widely blamed for fuelling the human flow, also softened its line by offering to provide humanitarian aid to stricken migrants.

19 May 2015 description

Italy - Over 12,460 migrants arrived by sea to Italy in the month of May, according to IOM estimates. This brings the total number of migrants arriving in Italy since January 2015, based on IOM’s estimates, to 38,690.

After a few days without landings – presumably because of bad weather conditions – sea crossings have picked up again over the past week. In just three days (from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May), some 3,500 migrants reached Italian shores.

16 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Sat, 16 May 2015 04:30 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Daniel Flynn

DAKAR, May 15 (Reuters) - At least as many migrants may be dying of hunger and thirst in the Sahara as are drowning in the Mediterranean during this year's huge surge of human trafficking from Libya to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.

Read more on AlertNet.

12 May 2015 description

Banjul, 8th May 2015 - The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is committed to saving the lives of more children in The Gambia through the provision of additional funding to UNICEF, totalling €549,957, as part of its support to the nutrition response in the Sahel.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

28 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a total of US$5 million in new financing for The Gambia to strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country’s most vulnerable children and women. The project is expected to reach approximately 477,000 direct beneficiaries (children under five and women aged 15-49 years) by 2019.

24 Apr 2015 description
report ACMAD

Climate conditions are favorable for a high vigilance for meningitis cases over eastern Senegal and Gambia, extreme north of Guinea, extreme south of Mauritania, southern Mali and Niger, the whole of Burkina Faso, extreme north of Nigeria and Cameroon, central south of Chad and southeast Sudan.

Moderate vigilance is detected over western Senegal and Gambia, the whole of Guinea Bissau, southern Guinea, northern Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, central north of Nigeria and Cameroon, south of Chad, extreme south of Sudan, northern South Sudan and CAR, and western Ethiopia .

23 Apr 2015 description

By y Paul Adams

In the grounds of an imposing 19th Century villa, perched on a Sicilian hilltop, some 50 West African boys lounge in the sun, kick a ball about, and wait.
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23 Apr 2015 description

Catania, Italy | AFP | Thursday 4/23/2015 - 13:37 GMT

People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean's worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.

The Prosecutor's office in the Sicilian city of Catania on Thursday identified the 26 men who, along with two crew members, were the only survivors of Sunday's catastrophe, saying publication of the names by the media was the only way they could inform friends and family.

22 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 22 avril (HCR) – Le HCR s'est félicité mardi du Plan d'action européen pour répondre aux problèmes de la migration irrégulière en Méditerranée. L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a toutefois annoncé que davantage doit être fait, après que des centaines de réfugiés et de migrants aient péri en haute mer.

En particulier, le Haut Commissaire assistant en charge de la protection Volker Türk a déclaré à Genève qu'une opération robuste de recherche et de sauvetage et des voies juridiques crédibles à ces traversées périlleuses demeurent nécessaires.

21 Apr 2015 description

GENEVA, Italy, April 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed European plans to tackle the challenges of irregular migration in the Mediterranean, but said saving human lives at sea should remain the priority after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives.

The European Union (EU) Joint Foreign Affairs and Home Council on Monday proposed a 10-point action plan on migration following a week of shipwrecks on the Mediterranean, including the most deadly recorded by UNHCR.

16 Apr 2015 description

Zarzis, Tunisia | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 15:25 GMT

by Dhaou Maatoug

Their rickety boats may have broken down as they tried to sneak into Italy, but for African migrants now stuck in Tunisia their dream of reaching Europe is far from over.

Known in North Africa as "harraga", these illegal migrants biding their time in Red Crescent centres in Zarzis, southeastern Tunisia, realise they are lucky compared to those who died making the crossing.

08 Apr 2015 description

La production céréalière 2014-2015, révisée en mars 2015, pour le Sahel et l’Afrique de l’Ouest se chiffre à 61 612 000 tonnes. Elle est supérieure de 7% à celle de l’année dernière et en hausse de 10% par rapport à la moyenne des cinq (5) dernières années. Le maïs occupe la première place avec une production estimée à 20 385 000 tonnes, suivie du riz (17 325 000 tonnes), du sorgho (13 664 000 tonnes) et du mil (9 183 000 tonnes).

08 Apr 2015 description

The 2014-2015 Cereal production, revised in March 2015, for the Sahel and West Africa stands at 61,612,000 metric tons. It is 7 % higher than the one for last year and 10 % higher than the average production for the last five (5 ) years. Maize ranks number one with a production estimated to 20, 385,000 tons, followed by rice (17,325,000 tons), sorghum (13,664,000 tons) and millet (9,183,000 tons).

26 Mar 2015 description
report Amnesty

Gambia has effectively thumbed its nose to the international community after it failed to accept a raft of recommendations to address its deteriorating human rights situation, Amnesty International said today.

The government of Gambia only accepted 93 of the 171 recommendations at the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.

26 Mar 2015 description

MORNING

26 March 2015

Adopts Outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Gambia

The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on technical assistance and capacity building and adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Gambia.

26 Mar 2015 description

Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.