For yet another year, humanitarian indicators in the Sahel remain alarmingly high. The heavy burden of chronic food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemic risk, compounded by conflict and insecurity, remain the key drivers of humanitarian needs in the region. Heightened levels of vulnerability caused by repeated shocks, associated especially with erratic weather patterns, have left coping capacities heavily compromised. In 2015, humanitarian action in the Sahel will continue to be guided by the 2014-2016 Regional Strategic Response Plan. The three-year strategy aims to deliver coordinated and integrated life-saving assistance to people affected by emergencies, while providing a tailored response to the chronic nature of much of the needs across the region and promoting systems and behavioural changes that will help the Sahel’s most vulnerable better cope with shocks. (2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview)
Appeals & Funding
- 2014-2016 Strategic Response Plans: Sahel Region EN/FR; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Gambia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal
- Humanitarian Needs Overview EN/FR
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Irregular rains affected crops and pasture in 2014
Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed, including for Malian refugees
Cereal production affected by irregular rains
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 January 2015: “The implementation of the Africa’s Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in 2004, has led not only to a paradigm shift from crises management to risk management, but also increased awareness, political commitment and strengthened institutional, legislative, and policy frameworks, capacities, tools and mechanisms for Disaster Risk Management, including early warning and disaster preparedness for response.”
Feeling insecure is a feeling that Fatoumata Maiga knows all too well. Today the 25 year old mother works to increase security for the people in central Mali
The bus left Sévaré in central Mali around noon, but already near a small town just 25 km. away it was stopped by armed security forces. The authorities had forbidden men in that area from travelling with public transport to the capital, Bamako, so there were almost only women and children on the bus, but also one single man had tried to escape Sévaré.
Alger, Algérie | AFP | vendredi 23/01/2015 - 14:41 GMT | 331 mots
Le processus de paix au Mali "est en péril" en raison de la situation à Tabankort, dans le nord du pays, ont estimé vendredi l'Algérie et l'Onu qui conduisent une médiation entre le gouvernement de Bamako et des groupes rebelles.
Des accrochages ont opposé des groupes armés dans cette zone, où l'ONU a détruit mardi un véhicule rebelle, accusé d'avoir tiré sur des Casques bleus.
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.
21 January 2015 – The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has confirmed it used force in response to machine gun fire directed at its troops and towards the town inhabited by civilians, yesterday in Tabankort, in the restive north of the country.
The attack was carried out with a heavy-vehicle mounted machine gun belonging to the Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon.
DAKAR, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protesting against air strikes on Tuareg rebels by United Nations peacekeepers in Mali occupied the airport in the northern town of Kidal on Wednesday, forcing U.N. troops to abandon positions there.
The protest by several hundred people - mainly women and children - in the rebel stronghold comes a day after Dutch U.N. attack helicopters hit rebel forces in northern Mali during clashes over a separate town, the first such engagement by peacekeepers.
REPUBLIQE CENTRAFRICAINE (RCA)
TROIS PERSONNES ENLEVÉES À BANGUI
En représailles à la capture de son chef, Rodrigue Ngaibona (Andilo), des éléments anti-Balaka ont enlevé le 19 janvier, une femme française travaillant pour une ONG internationale et un prêtre. Le lendemain, ils ont également détenu, pendant un certain temps, une employée de la Mission intégrée multidimensionnelle de stabilisation des Nations Unies en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA). Les éléments anti-Balaka réclament la libération de leur leader.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
THREE PEOPLE KIDNAPPED IN BANGUI
In retaliation for the capture of its leader, Rodrigue Ngaibona (Andilo), anti-Balaka elements kidnapped on 19 January, a French woman working for an international NGO and a priest. The day after, they also detained for some time a staff member of the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA). Anti-Balaka elements are demanding the release of their leader.
January 2014: The occupation of northern Mali changed the lives of all those who lived under its militant rule, but children were the most vulnerable.
In Timbuktu, Plan Mali has created child-friendly spaces where children can safely play, dance and learn within a supervised space to help them recover from the conflict.
L'analyse des résultats du Cadre Harmonisé de Novembre indique une faible dégradation des moyens d’existence dans les régions nord du Mali et dans les zones affectées par la baisse de production agricole. Ceci, principalement en raison de l’assistance humanitaire et de la période de récolte.
Cependant, la situation de la sécurité alimentaire pourrait s’aggraver entre janvier et mars 2015, notamment dans les zones où une mortalité excessive du bétail ou des pluies irrégulières ont été enregistrés.
Mariam, 22, a returnee to Chad from Central African Republic, arrived in Gore with a Chadian convoy in February 2014. In CAR, she managed a small business with her husband, recharging mobile telephones. Now, however, she has no more family in Chad, as her parents moved long ago to CAR.
“But here, our situation has improved. We have food every month, and the children go to school,” said Mariam.
With 22,500 CFA of food coupons, Mariam bought sugar, flour, corn, oil, sardines, Maggi cubes, tomatoes, and onions from a store in Gore.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Pluviométrie atypique, conflits et Ebola augmentent l’insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l’Ouest
L’éducation à la paix était le thème central d’un atelier d’élaboration de modules de formation organisé à Ségou, Mali, du 19 au 23 novembre 2014. A travers des travaux de groupe et des séances plénières, l’objectif de cet atelier était de revisiter et de mettre à jour les différents programmes et modules de formation relatifs à l’éducation à la paix et au vivre ensemble au Mali.
Education for peace was the central theme of a workshop on the development of training modules, which was held in Ségou, Mali, from November 19 to 23, 2014. Through group work and plenary sessions, the goal of this workshop was to revisit and update the various training programs and modules around education for peace and “living-together” in Mali.
Synthèse début janvier 2015 : la tendance générale de l'évolution des prix des céréales est à la stabilité au Burkina et à la baisse au Niger et au Mali.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Cristián Barros Melet (Chile):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the coordinated attacks against a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal, Mali, on 17 January 2015, in which one Chadian peacekeeper of MINUSMA was killed and others were injured.