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27 Mar 2015 description

SG/SM/16628-AFR/3098

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

On the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Secretary-General calls on all Nigerians to exercise their civic responsibility by going to the polls to vote in large numbers. He welcomes the progress made by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the preparation for the elections.

27 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that comes an increased risk of major political violence.

27 Mar 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS
• 2 milliards de dollars requis pour l’action humanitaire au Sahel en 2015.
• Plus de 190 000 réfugiés et rapatriés du nord du Nigéria au Cameroun, Tchad et Niger.
• 1,2 millions de déplacés internes dans le nord du Nigéria.
• Les communautés au Nigéria font face à une insécurité alimentaire et à la malnutrition.
•Zéro nouveau cas d'Ebola au Libéria, stagnation des chiffres en Sierra Leone et en Guinée.

27 Mar 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 15:20 GMT

by Nichole SOBECKI

A woman in a pale and patterned hijab, stares blankly from a bed in a makeshift clinic at a camp for the displaced in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, with newborn twins resting on her lap.

After escaping Boko Haram's murderous rampage in the town of Bama, some 70 kilometres (45 miles) away, caring for her infants may be more of a concern than voting in Saturday's presidential election.

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

As of 08th March 2015, 6,482 cases and 134 deaths (CFR=2.1%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.

*The figures are not taking into account cholera cases and deaths notified in Ghana.

Au 08 mars 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 6,482 cas et 134 décès (Let=2.1%) de choléra dans 6 pays.

*Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les cas et décès rapportés au Ghana.

27 Mar 2015 description

Lagos, Nigeria | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 14:10 GMT

by Ola AWONIYI

Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year.

Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations".

"A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Mail and Guardian

LAUREN CLIFFORD-HOLMES

A refugee camp in Chad has provided temporary sanctuary for thousands of fleeing Nigerians.

“I saw Boko Haram with my own eyes and I saw the bodies. If I think about the corpses, I will cry.”

These are the words of 12-year-old Tahiru Abakhar whose family was attacked by Boko Haram in Baga and again hounded by the Islamist group in other towns until they fled to neighbouring Chad.

27 Mar 2015 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK – The Federal Government of Nigeria last week donated 300 tonnes of rice, 700 tonnes of maize and three tonnes of fish fillets to Namibia as part of a food consignment to help drought-stricken families.

Namibia has yet to make an official appeal for drought assistance to the international donor community though it could yet face a devastating drought because of erratic rains in the current rainy season, which would end in April.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

A new concept by the EU seeks to enlist the help of North African states to stem the flow of migrants. Refugee groups are worried about what might happen if these people are detained before they reach Europe.

27 Mar 2015 description

3/27/2015 - 01:47 GMT

by Ola AWONIYI / Ben SIMON

Campaigning wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections on Thursday, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

Saturday's election is being seen as the closest race in the country's history, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Provisional estimates point to a reduced cereal production in 2014

  • Inflation rates increased in 2014 due to higher fuel prices

  • Dire humanitarian situation among refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria impacting also host communities

March rains help start the cropping season

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers

880,199
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

148,484
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

43
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

UNICEF Mobilization

26 Mar 2015 description

Niamey, Niger | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:32 GMT

Chad and Niger troops have recaptured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gachagar from Boko Haram, as part of a regional offensive to combat the Islamist insurgents, Niger's defence minister said on Thursday.

The operation in Gachagar, a town near Nigeria's border with Niger, was carried out over the past few days and involved "air and ground bombardments", Defence Minister Mahamadou Karidjo said.

26 Mar 2015 description

Bama, Nigeria | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:20 GMT

by Nichole SOBECKI

The devastation is visible from the air in Bama. Corrugated iron roofs lie ripped off among charred debris, the walls of the houses blackened with soot or in ruins.

On the dusty roads that separate properties in the second-biggest town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, the sight -- and smell -- is much worse, with evidence of atrocities everywhere.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

More than 800 people were killed and 65,000 displaced in religion-based election violence in 2011 in the central city.

Jos, Nigeria - Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims has led to deaths and destroyed property for more than a decade in this city, and people here fear another outbreak ahead of Saturday's election.

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