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13 Feb 2016 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 2/13/2016 - 22:48 GMT

At least 30 people have been killed in fresh Boko Haram raids on two villages in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes told AFP Saturday, again calling into question President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that Nigeria had largely defeated the jihadist group.

Gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans stormed the remote villages of Yakshari and Kachifa on Friday and Saturday, said Mustapha Karimbe, a local vigilante assisting the military in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists.

13 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA (12 February 2016) – United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Nigeria to ensure that the areas they claim to have liberated from Boko Haram forces are truly safe for people displaced by the violence, enabling them to return home. They also called for camps, both formal and informal, for internally displaced persons (IDPs), to be adequately protected, and stressed that all returns should be voluntary and coordinated.

13 Feb 2016 description

In Niger, poverty, demographic pressure and recurrent shocks -droughts, floods, epidemics, and high food prices -are among the key causes of vulnerability.

Insecurity in Mali and Nigeria, has led to displacement of people to Niger.
In addition, the country is experiencing internal displacement of people due to armed attacks in Diffa since February 2015. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016 is 2 million, and 316 million of funding is required.

12 Feb 2016 description

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 2/12/2016 - 15:45 GMT

by Phil HAZLEWOOD

Suicide bombings that killed 58 at a camp for those who fled Boko Haram have raised doubts about the true extent of Nigeria's grip on security in the troubled northeast and its policy of returning the displaced.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his government have said many of the estimated two million internally displaced people (IDPs) can begin to return, as the military now has the upper hand.

12 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • At least 8 people were killed and 50 injured in two suicide attacks which occured in Guité and Mitériné on the shores of lake Chad, in Hadjer-Lamis region.

  • Some 56,000 IDPs have been newly identified on 22 which recently became accessible in the north of Lac region of Chad (Liwa and Daboua subprefectures), according to the findings of a multisector assessment which took place on 14-18 January.

12 Feb 2016 description

Summary of WFP assistance: WFP's assistance focuses on the vulnerable and very poor populations affected by food insecurity and high malnutrition. WFP currently provides food assistance through one protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO), two regional emergency operations and a special operation (SO) to manage the UN humanitarian air service programme.

12 Feb 2016 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

WFP responds to challenges in Cameroon through a mix of relief, recovery and development operations. Vital emergency support is provided to refugees from C.A.R and Nigeria, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable host populations through two regional emergency operations. WFP is also supporting the Government in the implementation of its development and recovery priorities.
WFP has been present in Cameroon since 1978 as a key player for both development and humanitarian assistance.

Summary of WFP assistance:

12 Feb 2016 description

Faits saillants

  • Au moins huit personnes ont été tuées et 50 blessées lors de deux attaques suicides survenues le 31 janvier à Guité et Mitériné sur les rives du lac, dans la région du Hadjer-Lamis.

  • Quelques 56 000 déplacés internes nouvellement identifiés sur 22 sites récemment accessibles au nord de la région du lac (sous-préfectures de Liwa et Daboua), selon les résultats d’une mission d’évaluation multisectorielle qui s’est rendue sur place du 14 au 18 janvier.

12 Feb 2016 description

1. Highlights

  • Flow Monitoring: As of 10 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 4,681 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 4 February – 10 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.

  • See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.

12 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • In Greece, IOM continues to be present on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Crete and works closely with authorities (Frontex, the HCG, and the First Reception Service) to identify vulnerable migrants and refugees, including unaccompanied and/or separated children, the elderly, and those with medical needs.

12 Feb 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A new action plan aims to empower Lake Chad communities to adapt to the urgent development challenges exacerbated by climate change, and to consolidate Lake Chad’s contribution to regional food security

  • The plan was developed by the Lake Chad Basin Commission and its six member countries, with support from the World Bank and the French Development Agency

11 Feb 2016 description

SG/SM/17531-AFR/3320

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements on 9 February in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria. He deplores the death of scores of internally displaced persons and injuries to many others.

11 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman

Many children in developing countries — particularly in Africa — are malnourished. Worldwide, more than 70 million children suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Experts say poor nutritional status increases the risk of death 10 times in children who are ill with malaria, diarrheal diseases and other conditions.

The non-profit global health organization, Medecins Sans Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, treats an estimated 300,000 children every year for malnutrition.

11 Feb 2016 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 03:13 GMT

by Phil HAZLEWOOD

A toddler not yet out of nappies lies motionless in a hospital ward, her skin seared red raw by burns. A 12-year-old boy opposite her nurses the bandaged stump where his right hand used to be.

On other beds, metal rods pierce through the skin of atrophied limbs, holding together shattered bones underneath. Arms and legs bound in plaster casts are suspended in traction.

10 Feb 2016 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 21:41 GMT

by Bukar HUSSAIN

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 58 at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the remote region.

The attack happened in Dikwa, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Tuesday morning and is believed to be a reprisal for a military strike on Boko Haram strongholds in the area last week.

10 Feb 2016 description

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