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Funding gaps hinder humanitarian and resilience-building interventions in The Gambia

A third of The Gambia’s 1.8 million inhabitants are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity - 200,000 people already need critical food assistance. The humanitarian response plan is only funded at 13.5 per cent.

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EU pressure aids human rights in Gambia, but activists are wary

By Misha Hussain

DAKAR, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambia has taken steps to improve its poor human-rights record after the European Union suspended 150 million euros in development aid this year, activists said on Tuesday, urging tougher action by the international community.

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World + 11 others
UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

(New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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Italy + 8 others
Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

07/19/2014 18:53 GMT

by Dario THUBURN

ROME, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said.

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Guinea + 6 others
Misconceptions fuel Ebola outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumours, fears and misconceptions.

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Mali + 6 others
PAM Afrique de l’Ouest - juin 2014

CAR/Cameroun : des taux de malnutrition au-delà des seuils d’urgence

La malnutrition frappe durement les plus jeunes enfants. Afin de faire face à cette grave crise humani-taire, le PAM a mis en place un programme d’urgence pour nourrir ces familles et combattre la malnutri-tion qui chaque jour tue les plus faibles.

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Mali + 6 others
WFP West Africa Newsletter June 2014

Cameroon: malnutrition levels above emergency threshold among CAR refugees

Exhausted, hungry and often sick, tens of thousands of people have crossed the border from Central African Republic (CAR) into Cameroon. Young children are hit hardest by malnutrition. To respond to the crisis, WFP is implementing an emergency operation to feed vulnerable families and fight malnutrition, which is proving fatal for people weakened by the cross-border journey.

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Libya + 4 others
At least 36 immigrants die in Libya shipwreck: navy

05/11/2014 16:54 GMT

by Imed LAMLOUM

TRIPOLI, May 11, 2014 (AFP) - At least 36 immigrants died and 42 are missing after a makeshift boat was wrecked off Libya's coast, a naval spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

Colonel Ayub Kassem said the accident took place on Tuesday.

"The boat sank four kilometres (two and a half miles) off Garabulli," which lies 50 kilometres east of Tripoli, he said.

"We were able to save 52 people of various nationalities. Thirty-six bodies have been recovered so far, 24 of them today (Sunday)."

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Statement on torture to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

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Amnesty

Index Number: AFR 01/007/2014

At the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Amnesty International reported that despite widespread ratification of the UN Convention against Torture, torture remains endemic in many countries in Africa. More than 30 countries don’t even punish torture by law. Those responsible for torture and other ill treatment are rarely brought to justice, and victims rarely receive effective remedies. The statement focused on the situation in Ethiopia, Nigeria and The Gambia.

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Burkina Faso + 8 others
Une Ethiopienne nommée au poste d'Envoyé spécial pour le Sahel

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UN News Service

1 mai 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé jeudi la nomination de Mme Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, de l'Éthiopie, comme sa nouvelle Envoyée spéciale et Chef du Bureau pour le Sahel. Elle succèdera à Romano Prodi, de l'Italie, qui a achevé sa mission le 31 janvier 2014.

Mme Guebre Sellassie apporte à ce poste une riche expérience de leadership, à la fois stratégique et managérial, dans la planification opérationnelle et la formulation de politiques en matière de paix et de sécurité en Afrique.

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Mali + 8 others
Humanitarian response in the Sahel faces critical funding gap

Urgent funding is needed to help vulnerable communities prepare a successful agricultural season. Without timely assistance, thousands of families will fall back into crisis, says the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel.

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Mali + 8 others
La réponse humanitaire au Sahel confrontée à un manque de financement

(Dakar, 30 avril 2014) : Un financement urgent est nécessaire pour les opérations humanitaires dans le Sahel, afin d’aider les communautés vulnérables à se préparer à une bonne campagne agricole et de fournir une assistance alimentaire vitale dans les prochains mois.

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Mali + 7 others
5 million children in Africa's Sahel face acute malnutrition: UN

The region will experience a "funding bottleneck at a very critical moment" with the planting season on its way in a couple of months, says UN Assistant Secretary General Robert Piper.

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Mali + 8 others
"Réel problème de financement" pour les besoins humanitaires du Sahel (ONU)

04/30/2014 22:40 GMT

DAKAR, 30 avril 2014 (AFP) - Les organisations humanitaires font face "à un réel problème de financement" pour les besoins du Sahel, région secouée régulièrement par des crises alimentaires et des conflits, a affirmé mercredi le Bureau pour la coordination des Affaires humanitaires de l'ONU (Ocha).

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World + 16 others
Oral Statement by Amnesty International Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa

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Amnesty

Index: AFR 01/003/2014

Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners,

Amnesty International welcomes this opportunity to address the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) on the state of the situation of human rights in Africa.

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World + 8 others
World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence to Help Transform Science, Technology, and Higher Education in Africa

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.

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AfDB Board approves US $8.2-million senior loan for medical clinic in The Gambia

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Tunis, a US $8.2 million loan to The Gambia’s Horizons Clinic. The Horizons Clinic project to which the Board approved a US $8.2-million loan involves the design, building and operation of a 60-bed international standard, state-of-the-art medical facility in The Gambia.

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PAM Afrique de l’Ouest Newsletter - avril 2014

Au sommaire :

  • Le Sahel menacé par l’oubli et la banalisation, un éditorial signé par la directrice régionale du PAM, Denise Brown

  • Les Nigériens nourrissent les Nigériens, une initiative gouvernementale soutenue par les Nations Unies et L’union européenne.

  • Centrafrique : L’économie à genou, une crise humanitaire de longue durée

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Tunisia + 3 others
Stranded West African Migrants Rescued at Sea Voluntarily Return Home from Tunisia

Tunisia – A group of 32 Gambians and 24 Malians rescued at sea off Tunisia en route to Europe have voluntarily boarded flights home with IOM assistance.

The migrants were part of a group of 97 migrants rescued by the Tunisian navy off Sfax on 26th February 2014. The 97 included four people identified as refugees, ten unaccompanied minors and one woman.

The West Africans, who travelled through Libya, paid smugglers for passage on a small boat, which ran into difficulties in rough seas between Tunisia and Italy.

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Italy + 6 others
Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.

Those rescued off the shores of Sicily and Calabria from more than 40 boats included large numbers of women and children, among them newborns and unaccompanied children, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.