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26 May 2015 description

Brussels, 22 May 2015

The European Commission is providing assistance worth €34 million for immediate food aid for the most vulnerable people in Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso. Coming at the start of the lean season in the Sahel region, this funding will help bridge the gap until the next harvest.

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.

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.

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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20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

19 May 2015 description

Niamey, 14 mai 2015

Les Ministres en charge de la Sécurité et des Affaires Religieuses des pays du G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger et Tchad) se félicitent de la tenue à Niamey, Niger, du 11 au 14 mai 2015, de la Réunion de Haut Niveau sur la radicalisation et l’extrémisme violent au Sahel ;

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

17 May 2015 description

AMOUNT: EUR 122 608 841


The humanitarian situation in Nigeria and neighboring countries such as Niger has worsened over the first months of 2015. An amount of EUR 6 959 205 from the Natural disaster specific objective of financing Decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000 has to be shifted to the Manmade disaster specific objective to cover unforeseen needs.

15 May 2015 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 998,467 to enable the IFRC to support the Mauritania Red Crescent Society (MRC) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 37,400 people consisting of immediate or short-term assistance to some 10,400 beneficiaries including 8,400 people (1,400 households) plus 2,000 children and pregnant/lactating women) and medium term support to some 27,000 people (4,500 households) over a total timeframe of 9 months with a focus on food security, nutrition promotion, building resilience, and National Society capacity building and Disaster Risk Reduction …

14 May 2015 description

Niamey, Niger | AFP | jeudi 14/05/2015 - 15:12 GMT

Les pays du Sahel ont affirmé jeudi leur volonté de faire bloc face à la menace terroriste et aux trafics de migrants, soutenus par le ministre français de l'Intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve qui les a appelés à "une coopération renforcée".

13 May 2015 description


  • On 27 April, UNHCR started the biometric enrolment of the population living in Zone 1 (Blocks 1 to 5), in Mberra Camp.

  • UNHCR is currently completing the verification exercise for individuals registered as refugees in UNHCR’s database and presumed to be Mauritanian nationals.

  • In April, UNHCR prepared the implementation of its new health strategy for urban refugees and asylum seekers in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Consultation meetings were organized with refugees, the authorities and partner agencies.

12 May 2015 description

Le « Projet Régional TICAD Sahel – Mauritanie » est mis en œuvre par le PNUD grâce à la contribution généreuse du Gouvernement japonais. Il comprend trois composantes principales : résilience et prévention des risques de catastrophes, lutte contre la pauvreté et préservation de l’environnement et Citoyenneté, droits humains et prévention des conflits.

12 May 2015 description

Snapshot 6–12 May 2015

Iraq: Conflict has escalated in a number of locations. In Anbar, fighting has displaced more than 47,000 in Karmah district, and more than 133,000 around Ramadi. Clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din.

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD


  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August