In response to catastrophic flooding in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, the United States announces a contribution of more than $4 million in humanitarian assistance to help meet the acute needs of Sahrawi refugees. This new contribution includes support for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Program, and the UN Children’s Fund. These funds will be used to support the reconstruction of shelters, schools, and health clinics. They will also help replace food rations that were destroyed by the flooding.
ALGER - En raison d'un manque de financement, les réfugiés du Sahara occidental vivant en Algérie reçoivent maintenant, pour le troisième mois consécutif, une ration réduite qui ne satisfait pas leurs besoins quotidiens minimaux. Les réductions surviennent alors que la crise des réfugiés sahraouis entre dans sa 40e année.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 11/19/2015 - 20:41 GMT
A UN envoy begins a 10-day mission to North Africa this weekend in a bid to break the impasse between Morocco and Algerian-backed separatists over the future of Western Sahara.
Christopher Ross will hold talks with senior officials from Morocco, the Polisario Front that is seeking independence for the territory, and neighboring states, UN officials said Thursday.
Details of Ross' itinerary were not disclosed but Morocco has said the envoy is not welcome in the country.
Mixed migration trend report for october 2015 covering mixed migration events in: ALGERIA,EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, LIBYA, MALI, MOROCCO, NIGER, SUDAN, TUNISIA, GREECE AND ITALY.
MHub works on behalf of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force consisting of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS and UNHCR. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
2015 FUNDING OUTLOOK
"We are raising as much, or more, as we’ve ever raised. Our traditional donors are as generous as ever.
It’s that the number of crises is outpacing the generosity. We need those who have given to us to give more. And we need more donors to support the gap.” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, speaking in August 2015 to Philanthropy Age magazine.
ALGIERS – As a result of insufficient funding for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), refugees from Western Sahara living in Algeria are now receiving, for the third consecutive month, a reduced ration that does not meet the minimum daily needs. The cuts come as the Sahrawi refugee crisis enters its 40th year.
Floods caused by ten straight days of heavy rain are likely worsening the threat posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the area of Western Sahara. Since the flood waters have not yet receded, it is impossible yet to quantify the damages or to assess the actual extent of the risk posed to civilians and their livelihoods by the mines and ERW that have likely been displaced outside of already known marked areas.
19e séance – après-midi
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
Les délégations de la Quatrième Commission (chargée des questions politiques spéciales et de la décolonisation) ont conclu, aujourd’hui, leur débat de quatre jours sur les questions relatives au maintien de la paix, en mettant l’accent sur la sécurité des Casques bleus et la protection des populations civiles dans le contexte du maintien de la paix.
Laayoune, Western Sahara | AFP | Saturday 11/7/2015 - 12:26 GMT
Morocco's King Mohammed VI has vowed that revenues from the mineral-rich Western Sahara will continue to be invested locally, on a rare visit to the disputed territory.
He was speaking late Friday in the territory's main city Laayoune, to mark 40 years since hundreds of thousands of Moroccan civilians marched across the border with the then Spanish colony to lay claim to it.
Appel lancé conjointement par des organisations de défense des droits humains à l'occasion de l'anniversaire des affrontements
(Paris) – Les autorités marocaines doivent libérer les 21 prisonniers qui purgent de longues peines de réclusion liées aux mouvements de protestation de 2010 au Sahara occidental qui ont entraîné des morts ou leur accorder un procès équitable devant un tribunal civil, et enquêter sur toutes les allégations de torture, ont déclaré aujourd’hui quatre organisations de défense des droits humains.
14th Meeting (PM)
Divergent opinions on the protection of civilians — including whether and when force could be used in defence of that mandate — emerged today as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) concluded its annual debate on United Nations peacekeeping operations.
Joint Call by Rights Groups on Anniversary of Clashes
(Paris, November 5, 2015) – Moroccan authorities should free all 21 prisoners serving long terms stemming from the 2010 Western Sahara protests that turned deadly, or grant them a fair trial before a civilian court, and investigate all torture allegations, four human rights organizations said today.
As the conflict over the future of Western Sahara and the human suffering it has occasioned near their fortieth year, the situation in north-west Africa is becoming increasingly alarming. This conflict must be brought to an end if the people of the region are to meet their shared challenges and achieve their full potential.
Last month, refugee camps in Algeria in Layoun, Aussert, Smara, Boujdour, and Dahkla were hit by devastating floods after a week of torrential rain. Extensive damage has left refugees from Western Sahara, dangerously exposed. Handicap International launched an operation to assist the most vulnerable individuals.
Summary of WFP assistance:
39th & 40th Meetings (AM & PM)
Until donors ramped up contributions, humanitarian actors were no longer able to provide core assistance to the record number of displaced people worldwide, the head of the United Nations refugee agency told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today as it concluded discussions on racism and began consideration of humanitarian questions.
Strict vigilance required during the next six months due to heavy rains
The current Desert Locust situation remains calm. Late summer breeding is in progress in northern Niger and breeding is underway in northwest Mauritania. Low numbers of locusts persist in northeast Chad and in the interior of Sudan.
Slow start to rainy season in southern Africa, flooding risks remain in Guatemala, Somalia, and Ethiopia
Africa Weather Hazards
Persistently below average rainfall since August over several bimodal areas of Côte d’Ivoire,
Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria has led to an increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions, resulting in drought.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Recovery in cereal production compared to last year’s weather-stricken harvest
Wheat imports expected to remain on par with last year despite partial recovery in production owing to depletion of carryover stocks
Annualized food inflation eases in June 2015 but remains high
Humanitarian assistance continued under Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) to refugees