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29 May 2015 description

By Sirandou Fall and Katherine Mueller, IFRC

The Sahel is one of the most fragile environments in Africa. Caught in a vicious cycle of food insecurity and recurring epidemics, people of the Sahel are again facing another year of food shortages and hunger. It comes on the heels of a drought in 2012 which affected nearly 18 million people.

29 May 2015 description

A MINUSMA convoy struck a mine on the road between Teherdge and Timbuktu at around 1 p.m. today.

Three peacekeepers were injured in the explosion. MINUSMA is evacuating them to receive appropriate medical care.

MINUSMA strongly condemns this terrorist act, which aims to paralyze the Mission’s operations in this part of Mali. Mines in Mali affect both the personnel of the United Nations and innocent civilians, without distinction.

28 May 2015 description

Genève, Suisse | AFP | jeudi 28/05/2015 - 23:25 GMT

Le nombre de personnes déplacées à cause des conflits dans la région du Sahel en Afrique a plus que doublé en un peu plus d'un an, passant à 3,5 millions, ont annoncé jeudi les Nations unies.

Au début de 2014, les services du coordonnateur humanitaire de l'ONU pour le Sahel avaient fait état d'environ 1,6 million de personnes déplacées à travers neuf pays du Sahel : Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Tchad, Gambie, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Nigeria et Sénégal.

28 May 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 5/28/2015 - 21:25 GMT

The number of people displaced by conflicts in Africa's Sahel has more than doubled in just over a year to a staggering 3.5 million, the United Nations said Thursday.

At the beginning of 2014, the UN humanitarian agency had reported that around 1.6 million people were displaced across the nine Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

28 May 2015 description

L’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation au Mali issu du processus d’Alger a fait l’objet, Samedi 23 mai dernier, d’un atelier de restitution et d’appropriation par les jeunes. Organisé par le conseil Régional des Jeunes de Tombouctou en collaboration avec la MINUSMA, l'évènement a regroupé dans la salle de conférence HIERE du centre « Hamed Baba » les représentants de la société civile, de la MINUSMA, les autorités locales ainsi qu'une centaine de responsables de la jeunesse venus des cercles de Diré, Goundam, Niafunké, Gourma Rharous et Tombouctou.

28 May 2015 description

Aujourd’hui vers 13h, un convoi de la MINUSMA a heurté une mine sur l’axe Teherdge – Tombouctou.

Suite à l’explosion, 3 Casques bleus ont été blessés, leur évacuation est en cours par la MINUSMA pour recevoir des soins médicaux appropriés.

La MINUSMA condamne fermement cet acte terroriste ayant pour but de paralyser les opérations de la Mission dans cette partie du Mali. Les mines au Mali touchent indistinctement le personnel des Nations unies ou des civils innocents.

28 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Project to help boost regional cooperation in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal where pastoral activities are the main source of income

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015. The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a total of US$248 million IDA to boost regional integration and improve access to essential services, increase the income and strengthen markets for over 2 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists across six Sahelian countries.

27 May 2015 description

Depuis le Flash Update # 2 (21 mai) des affrontements armés et des attaques contre des villages par des individus armés continuent d’être rapportés dans la région de Tombouctou dans le Nord du Mali, poussant les populations civiles à fuir leurs villages. Le total des personnes déplacées a maintenant atteint 47 300 (contre 27 000 dans le Flash Update # 2 du 21 mai), selon les autorités régionales et les partenaires humanitaires sur le terrain.

27 May 2015 description

Since Flash Update#2 (21 May) armed clashes and attacks against villages by armed individuals continued to be reported in the Timbuktu region in the North of Mali pushing more civilians to flee their villages. The total of displaced people has now reached 47,300 (up from 27,000 in Flash Update#2 on 21 May) according to regional authorities and humanitarian partners on the ground.

27 May 2015 description

Haiti - Drought

• Due to below-average rainfall, Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) "Crisis" level has been reached in parts of Haiti, severely affecting 180 000 people. Between 60% and 80% loss of the main local crops and vegetables in these areas has been confirmed. • Difficulties in accessing water results in the reduction of daily meals or leads to community conflicts. • Livestock has been severely affected and pressure has been put on alternative food resources (fishery).

27 May 2015 description

Le Colonel Sami Cherif, commandant régional de la Police onusienne-MINUSMA, et M. Alassane Diallo, chef de cabinet du Gouverneur de la région de Gao, ont posé mardi 26 mai une première brique marquant le lancement officiel de la réhabilitation du bâtiment de la Garde Nationale de la ville de Gao.

27 May 2015 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
4,400 DISPLACED BY ATTACKS

Around 1,900 IDPs and 2,500 residents in Bissingalé locality have been forced to flee to the nearby Kaga-Bandoro town in the north of the country following armed attacks by unknown gunmen on Site-Nana, Bissingalé and Ndémayo villages in Kaga-Bandoro on the night of 15 May. Ten people were killed in the raid which happened five days after the signing of an agreement between armed groups and the government to end hostilities and begin a disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description
  • As of 20 May 2015, a total of 27 165 EVD cases including 11 115 deaths have been reported from six West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nige-ria, Senegal and Sierra Leone).
  • 1 040 cases including 529 deaths were reported among healthcare workers.
  • WHO declared end of Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal.
27 May 2015 description

BAMAKO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food assistance to some 29,000 people displaced by recent violence in northern Mali. WFP provided 13 metric tons of high energy cereal bars on Saturday and has now begun distributing a one-month food ration.

Around 31,000 people have been forced to flee over the past two weeks, mostly from the Timbuktu region, following an escalation of attacks by armed groups. More than 500 people have crossed the border into neighbouring Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso over the past few days.

27 May 2015 description

Voici 10 choses à savoir pour comprendre la situation alimentaire en Mauritanie. Aidez le PAM à faire passer le message en les partageant sur Twitter.

1) La Mauritanie est un pays en déficit alimentaire: le pays ne produit pas assez de nourriture pour subvenir aux besoins de sa population. Ainsi, environ 70% des besoins céréaliers du pays sont couverts grâce aux importations.

2) Bien que la Mauritanie soit un grand pays (d’une superficie de plus de 1, 000,000km2 ), plus de 80% de la surface du pays est déserte. Moins de 4% des terres sont cultivables.