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In northern Nigeria, a little cash goes a long way towards getting girls to school

By Patrick Moser

Tens of thousands of girls in north-western Nigeria will benefit from a cash transfer programme aimed at helping cover the costs of sending them to school. The newly launched UNICEF initiative is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

WURNO, Nigeria, 24 October 2014 – Since their father died a few years ago, Aisha and Asmau have had to contribute to their family’s income, hawking by the roadside.

The two girls live in a crude, single-room mud and tin hut with their younger brother, their mother and their grandmother.

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Nigerian Refugees Report Boko Haram Atrocities

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Voice of America

ABUJA, NIGERIA— Boko Haram militants have seized control of as many as 12 of 27 districts in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state in the past year.

Since Boko Haram militants captured the town of Bama on September 1, thousands of people have fled the area. Cellphone connections have been cut off, leaving only intermittent news. But recent escapees said militants there are ruling with an "iron fist," killing and jailing opponents.

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Liberia + 5 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 24 October 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

7,160 NEW IDPs FOLLOWING INCREASE IN VIOLENCE

Widespread violence since 7 October has spurred renewed displacement of some 7,160 people in and around Bangui, according to an IOM report published on 21 October. Much of the displacement originates from Bangui’s 3rd and 5th neighbourhoods, with additional displacement of some 4,300 IDPs in Bimbo.

MALI

7 KILLED AND 5,000 DISPLACED FOLLOWING FIGHTING IN THE NORTH

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Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 24 October 2014

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Sécurité alimentaire et implications humanitaires en Afrique de l'Ouest et au Sahel - N°59 - Septembre 2014

Oct 2014

L'Essentiel

  • Les productions agricoles (céréales et légumineuses) attendues seront inférieures à la moyenne quinquennale en Gambie, en Guinée Bissau, en Mauritanie et au Sénégal.

  • Les approvisionnements en céréales sur les marchés sont assez satisfaisants avec des prix stables ou à la baisse, à l’exception de certains marchés au Mali, au Sénégal, au Tchad et au Niger qui affichent des hausses des prix.

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Nigeria pledges 600 volunteers as Africa steps up Ebola fight

By Felix Onuah and Umaru Fofana

ABUJA/FREETOWN, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Nigeria pledged on Thursday to send a contingent of 600 volunteers to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola on record which has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko Haram in doubt after fresh unrest

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 15:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

As reports emerged that extremists seized dozens more women and girls from the remote northeast -- leaving a few dollars behind as a so-called 'bride price' -- fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.

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Tchad : Contextes et enjeux humanitaires majeurs - Aperçu humanitaire (au 15 Octobre 2014)

Le Tchad fait face aujourd’hui à de nombreux enjeux humanitaires complexes. Une instabilité récurrente et des conflits successifs dans les pays limitrophes ont provoqué des mouvements de population de grande envergure vers le Tchad, qui arrive à la septième place des pays accueillant le plus grand nombre de réfugiés.

Parallèlement à cette crise, il existe des besoins humanitaires chroniques liés à la pauvreté et au sous-développement. L’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition affectent des millions de personnes, en particulier dans la bande sahélienne.

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L'armée française se poste au nord Niger, intensifie son action au Mali

23/10/2014 - 11:44 GMT

L'armée française va installer un poste avancé à Madama, au nord-est du Niger, et intensifie son action au nord du Mali pour lutter contre la recrudescence d'actions jihadistes, a annoncé jeudi une source au ministère français de la Défense.

"Le gouvernement nigérien a donné son accord pour l'installation d'une base temporaire avancée à Madama", qui va se concentrer sur les "autoroutes" d'armements qui descendent du sud de la Libye vers le Nord Mali via le Niger, a indiqué cette source.

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Bombing at Nigeria bus station kills 5: police

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 07:08 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A bomb blast at a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram killed five people, police said Thursday, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

Police in Bauchi state confirmed overnight witness reports of a huge explosion at the terminal in the town of Azare at 9:45 pm (2045 GMT).

Area resident Musa Babale said the blast "shook buildings" and sent locals rushing for shelter.

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EASO: Quarterly Asylum Report, Quarter 2, 2014

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European Union

Introduction

The EASO Quarterly Asylum Report is produced b y EASO’s Centre for Information,
Documentation and Analysis. It aims to provide an overview of key asylum trends by analysing data on applications for international protection , pending cases and decisions made on applications by EU M ember States and Associate Countries.

The analysis is based on data submitted to Eurostat as per Article 4 of the Migration Statistics Regulation and extracted from Eurostat database on September 2014.

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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 22 October 2014

SUMMARY

A total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 19 October. A total of 4877 deaths have been reported.

The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Lagos 'Ebola hospital' faces battle to recover

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 15:48 GMT

by Cecile DE COMARMOND

Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it'll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover.

The 40-bed private clinic in the bustling Obalende area of the city paid a high price in the outbreak, after the first patient with the Ebola virus was admitted on July 20.

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Africa Ebola Coordination and Preparedness: Emergency Appeal Operation Update n° MDR60002, Operations update n° 5

Summary

IFRC continues to support National Societies with international emergency appeals to combat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The appeals employ a 5 pillar approach spelled out in the Ebola regional framework. These include: (1) Beneficiary Communication and Social Mobilization; (2) Contact Tracing and Surveillance; (3) Psychosocial Support; (4) Case Management; and (5) Dead Body Management, Burials and Disinfection. In addition, a regional appeal has been launched to cater to multi-country support needs.

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Ebola: Risks of overland spread (Map of the week, 13 October 2014)

Map
Maplecroft

West Africa’s road network – through which the majority of intra-regional trade occurs – could facilitate the spread of Ebola. Travellers and traders infected in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone may transmit the virus via some of the major highways. In this respect, groups such as long-distance lorry drivers could be particularly at risk, particularly if effective monitoring systems for Ebola are not established at border crossings.

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Nigeria, Boko Haram Appear to Move Toward Talks

Report
Voice of America

Talks to free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian militants last April did not begin as projected on Tuesday, although there are signs the militants and Nigeria's government are preparing for the talks in Chad.

A prominent Nigerian newspaper, This Day, reported Tuesday that a federal government negotiating team has departed for the Chadian capital, N'djamena.

Meanwhile, a purported leader of militant group Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu, has told VOA's Hausa service that he is heading to Chad to await word on when the talks will start.