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25 May 2015 description

25 May 2015

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Mauritania. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter.

1) Mauritania is a food-deficit country, meaning that it does not produce enough food for the population to live on. It depends on imports for around 70 percent of its cereals needs.

2) Although Mauritania is a huge country – over 1,000,000 square kilometres – over 80 percent of the country’s land surface is desert. Less than 4 percent of the land is arable.

25 May 2015 description

The full report is available in: French

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

25 May 2015 description
report Peace Direct

May 22 2015: The negotiations for a comprehensive peace deal in Mali have been marred by continuing violence and the refusal of key parties to sign the final document. Daniel Ozoukou discusses the prospects of the agreement making a lasting impact.

Transitional justice is always difficult, and nowhere is this truer than in Mali. The country, which is trying to negotiate a lasting settlement to its complicated conflict, will have to deal with a wide variety of issues as it seeks to establish procedures to deal with past and present crimes.

25 May 2015 description

The MINUSMA camp in Ber was targeted by a dozen shells shortly after 3 p.m. today.

This attack occurred at the same time as a delegation consisting of civilian personnel of the Mission, accompanied by representatives of the local authorities and civil society, was present for the release of 10 persons who had been held by the Coordination.

The attack caused no casualties and the release of the detainees could be carried out under the protection of the MINUSMA Force.

MINUSMA strongly condemns this terrorist attack.

23 May 2015 description

La MINUSMA a reçu des rapports inquiétants faisant état de violations graves des droits de l’Homme et du Droit international humanitaire, dont l’exécution hier d’un certain nombre de civils parmi lesquels pourrait se trouver un travailleur d'une organisation non gouvernementale internationale , dans le village de Tin-Hamma, dans la région de Gao.

Ces exactions feraient suite aux affrontements qui ont opposé le 20 mai des membres de la Plateforme et de la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA).

23 May 2015 description

Aujourd’hui peu après 15h, le camp de la MINUSMA à Ber a été la cible d’une dizaine de tirs d’obus.

Cette attaque intervient au moment où une délégation composée de personnel civil de la Mission, accompagnée de représentants des autorités locales et de la société civile, assistait à la libération de 10 personnes détenues jusqu’alors par la Coordination.

L’attaque n’a pas fait de victimes et la libération a pu s’effectuer sous la protection de la Force de la MINUSMA.

La MINUSMA condamne avec force et vigueur cette nouvelle attaque terroriste.

23 May 2015 description

Bamako, 22 May, 2015 – MINUSMA acknowledges reports on the execution of a number of civilians, amongst them an NGO aid worker, in the village of Tin-Hamma, in the region of Gao. These reports indicate serious violations of human rights and International Humanitarian Law.

These brutalities follow confrontations between members of the Platform and the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) on the 20th of May.

According to its mandate MINUSMA already deployed a team to the site to investigate the allegations.

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.

22 May 2015 description
report IRIN

By Javier Pérez de la Cruz

MELILLA , 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - It is a hot, sunny spring day in Melilla, Spain and a Syrian family is sheltering from the sun under a plastic tent while a group of young Africans are chatting in the shade of a small bridge.

22 May 2015 description

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 17:25 GMT

by Serge DANIEL

Up to nine civilians, including an aid worker for a European charity, were killed after rebels attacked a village in northern Mali, armed loyalist and anti-government groups said on Friday.

The west African nation's main Tuareg-led rebel alliance, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), said in a statement overnight that "the Malian army conducted the summary and public executions of nine people in the town of Tin Hama" on Thursday.

22 May 2015 description

Bamako, Mali | AFP | vendredi 22/05/2015 - 16:14 GMT

Plusieurs civils ont été tués dans le nord du Mali depuis 48 heures à Tin Hama, dans la région de Gao, pendant une attaque des rebelles mercredi puis à la suite de leur retrait, a-t-on appris vendredi auprès des deux parties.

21 May 2015 description

(Bamako, le 20 mai 2015) - La nouvelle Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire au Mali, Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe, a officiellement pris ses fonctions. Mme Gasarabwe a été nommée à la barre de la communauté humanitaire au Mali le 8 mai dernier par le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies. Elle succède ainsi à M. David Gressly qui a récemment complété sa mission au pays.

21 May 2015 description

(Bamako, 20 May 2015) - The new Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali, Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, has officially taken office. Ms. Gasarabwe was appointed at the helm of Mali’s humanitarian community on 8 May by the United Nations Secretary-General. She succeeds Mr. David Gressly who recently completed his mission in the country.

21 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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