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One month after the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune, refugee children and their families are gradually recovering.
16 days after the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune, 849 families (4245 people), are still suffering from the storm damages, including 406 families that had their houses completely destroyed.
While the new school year will start on 6 September, the damages caused to six of the eight schools and five of the seven kindergartens, are putting children at risk of not being able to go back to school on time.
Following the deployment of armed forces in recent weeks by both Morocco and the Polisario Front in the narrow Buffer Strip in southwestern Western Sahara: the UN is reported to have described the events (in a confidential document) as the first ceasefire violation since 1991.
The storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune on 15 August affected 849 families (4,245 people), including 406 families that have had their house completely destroyed.
Severe to moderate damage to six out of the eight schools, and five out of the seven kindergartens, is putting 8,109 children at risk of not being able to go back to school.
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Global Overview, August 2016
28 août 2016 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, s'est dit « profondément préoccupé » par la situation tendue dans l'étroite zone tampon au sud-ouest du Sahara occidental entre la berme marocaine et la frontière mauritanienne suite à des changements dans le statu quo et à l'introduction d'unités armées du Maroc et du Polisario proches les unes des autres.
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow Buffer Strip in southwestern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario in close proximity to each other.
The effects of the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp of Laayoun on 15 August combined with the return of high temperature, resulted in more of the damaged mud houses and other infrastructure to collapse. This increased the number of houses damaged and of people affected by the emergency.
WFP Algeria requires USD 6.4 million until the end of 2016.
WFP will not be able to provide full rations from September, and will need to stop food assistance in November and December if no additional funding is received.
The Western Sahara refugee crisis ranks top among forgotten crises, according to the ECHO Forgotten Crisis Assessment 2014.
The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/98 of 9 December 2015, summarizes the most recent report submitted by the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the situation concerning Western Sahara (S/2016/355) and covers the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.
On August 15th, a strong storm accompanied by heavy rains hit Laayoune Camp, one of the 5 Sahrawi refugees’ camps near the city of Tindouf in South-Western Algeria. The storm affected the refugee population, of which 70-80% are children and women. 11 people were injured by collapsing houses and taken to hospital.
UN agencies led by UNHCR conducted a rapid assessment on 16-17 August, in collaboration with the NGOs, and coordinated with the Sahrawi Red Crescent.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/18/2016 - 23:46 GMT
The United Nations on Thursday said it had found no sign of any suspicious military activity by Morocco in the disputed Western Sahara, after a separatist group complained about a Moroccan security operation in the region's far south.
Violent winds and heavy rains on 15 August have led to flash floods in southwest Algeria. In particular Tindouf and Laayoune Sahrawi refugee camps have been affected. 11 people were injured. Part of the infrastructure, houses and tents have reportedly been damaged and food stock lost. Stagnating water is increasing the risk of water-borne diseases. Water level remains high, hindering the access to health services.
AMOUNT: EUR 16 800 000
Rabat, Maroc | AFP | samedi 30/07/2016 - 13:45 GMT
Le roi du Maroc Mohammed VI a déclaré samedi que la récente décision de son pays de réintégrer l'Union africaine (UA) ne signifiait pas le renoncement du royaume à ses droits sur le Sahara occidental.
Le roi a tenu un discours télévisé à l'occasion du 17e anniversaire de la fête du trône au cours duquel il a abordé de nombreux thèmes dont l'épineux dossier du Sahara occidental.
Nations unies, Etats-Unis | AFP | mardi 26/07/2016 - 22:57 GMT | 474 mots
Le Conseil de sécurité a salué mardi "les progrès accomplis" pour remettre sur pied la mission de l'ONU au Sahara occidental (Minurso), et a demandé la poursuite du retour progressif de ses experts expulsés en mars par Rabat.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Tuesday 7/26/2016 - 23:00 GMT
The UN Security Council said Tuesday that more UN staff must return to the peace mission in Western Sahara after Morocco allowed a first group of 25 staffers back at their posts.
Morocco expelled dozens of UN personnel in March in angry retaliation for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's use of the term "occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara.
During the holy month of Ramadan, WFP provided full rations, as well as a contribution of dates received from Saudi Arabia and dried skimmed milk from Switzerland.
WFP Algeria urgently requires 5.3m to continue its activities in the next six months. WFP will not be able to provide food assistance in November and December and only partial entitlements starting in September, unless immediate funding is received.
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