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20 Dec 2014 description

On 23 November, the town of Damassack in northern Nigeria was attacked by the militant group Boko Haram. Thirteen-year-old Hadja Chetima Gambo was at school at the time. In the ensuing panic, the school emptied as everyone scrambled to find a safe place to hide.

Read the full story on the OCHA website.

19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 14:19 GMT

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state.

The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named for an initiative launched in Mauritania's capital in March 2013 to boost security cooperation among 11 participating states.

18 Dec 2014 description

"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.

18 Dec 2014 description

Los proyectos apoyarán los Sistemas Nacionales de Protección Social en los países de África Occidental, priorizando las intervenciones en la región del Sahel y en las poblaciones más afectadas por el virus del Ébola

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

17 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.

  • No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.

17 Dec 2014 description

PRIORITY NEEDS

Food insecurity

In December 2014, 19.8 million people in the Sahel are estimated to be food insecure, with at least 2.6 million having already crossed the emergency threshold and requiring urgent food assistance. Millions more are expected to see their food security deteriorate during the course of the 2015 lean season due to the exhaustion of stocks, pasture scarcity, food price variations, or livelihood erosion caused by recurrent crises.

Malnutrition

17 Dec 2014 description

Niamey – The Government of Japan today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help Niger bolster peace and security within the country and in the Sahel.

With US$ 1.7 million dollars from Japan, UNDP and the European Union civilian mission in Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger) will work with the Nigerien authorities to provide training and equipment to police and other institutions to strengthen the regions’ ability to respond to civilian and security crises.

16 Dec 2014 description

Depuis novembre 2014, le nombre de personnes traversant la frontière pour trouver refuge dans la région de Diffa a augmenté suite aux dernières attaques au nord-est du Nigéria (Mallam Fatori, Damassak,