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22 Jan 2017 description

Many of the victims being treated after the refugee camp bombing this week are children

By Kieran Guilbert

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lying in a bed in the surgical ward of a hospital in northeast Nigeria, his torso barely visible under heavy bandaging, a 10-year-old boy stares blankly at the ceiling as nurses rush past.

22 Jan 2017 description

19 Jan 2017 Écrit par Niakaling SISSOKO

L’Ambassadeur du Canada au Mali a remis ce matin 19 janvier 2017 les clés de 25 ambulances médicalisées au représentant du Ministre de la santé et de l’Hygiène Publique. La cérémonie a eu lieu au Ministère de la santé et de l’Hygiène Publique en présence de plusieurs personnalités.

21 Jan 2017 description

GENEVA (19 January 2017) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, today expressed dismay at the bombing of a camp housing internally displaced persons in Borno state in the troubled northeast region of Nigeria, in which a counter insurgency against Boko Haram is being waged.

21 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor
NAIROBI, 20 January 2017

Africa, the world’s poorest continent, faces many security challenges. But its leaders are not slow to intervene in crises when they can, as Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia is now discovering.

Read more on IRIN.

20 Jan 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12689  

SECURITY COUNCIL
7868TH MEETING* (AM)  

Presidential Statement Welcomes Decisions on Gambia, Other Political Developments

Expressing its concerns over the prevalence of violent extremism that could be conducive to terrorism, the Security Council strongly condemned all terrorist attacks in West Africa, notably those carried out by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin.

20 Jan 2017 description

Abuja (ICRC) - Three days after air strikes at a settlement for internally displaced people at Rann in Nigeria, two surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the help of one Nigerian surgeon continue to care for those wounded in the blasts.

Around 100 injured people were evacuated from Rann to Maiduguri. Two surgical teams in Maiduguri have been operating on the most seriously wounded, including more than 20 children.

20 Jan 2017 description

Reconciliation - understood as the restoration of social cohesion through socio-economic development - offers the opportunity to gather communities around common projects. All parties are thus involved in activities related to the common good, rather than centred on particular or individual interests. Central to this model of reconciliation is the core value of participation.

20 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • A Lead Convener for the national strategic review which will inform the Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022) has been officially identified upon endorsement by the Government.

  • Registration of people to assist

WFP Assistance

20 Jan 2017 description

Monthly regional mixed migration summary for December 2016 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region.

20 Jan 2017 description

A young Burkina Faso inventor is turning shea caterpillars into big business - and way to beat malnutrition - in his drought-hit country

By Morgane Le Cam

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Jan 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Small black cylinders simmer in two pots, emitting a pungent and smoky smell.

This is not someone's kitchen, however. It's the offices of FasoPro, which double as a caterpillar laboratory.

20 Jan 2017 description

UNHCR is working with Chad and partners to ensure the children of Chadian émigrés fleeing war in neighbouring countries finally receive ID cards to start over.

GORÉ, Chad – One day three years ago, during a break at the farm where she worked, Samira Hassan took a walk to the top of a nearby hill that overlooked Bossembélé, the town she called home in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR).

20 Jan 2017 description

Friday, January 20, 2017 — London/Geneva, 20 January 2017: The death toll continues to rise following the horrific military attack on civilians in Rann, Nigeria, according to latest estimates by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Around 90 people were killed when a Nigerian airforce plane circled twice and dropped two bombs in the middle of the town of Rann, which hosts thousands of internally displaced people. At the time of the attack, an aid distribution was taking place. The majority of the victims were women and children.

20 Jan 2017 description
report UN Radio

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Alors que le Conseil de sécurité devait se réunir à la mi-journée à New York, les efforts diplomatiques de divers acteurs internationaux y compris la CEDEAO, l’Union africaine et l’ONU, se poursuivent pour convaincre le président Yaya Jammeh de se retirer après avoir perdu les élections de décembre dernier. Plus tôt dans la Journée, le président élu Adama Barrow a prêté serment à Dakar et pris ses nouvelles fonctions.

20 Jan 2017 description

Key messages

  • Cameroon is hosting around 359 000 refugees. Approximatively 59 000 of them are Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram violence and living in the Minawao camp, and 274 000 are from Central African Republic (CAR). In addition, some 182 000 persons are internally displaced (IDPs) in the Far North region because of the conflict, an increase of 15% since April 2016.

20 Jan 2017 description

Key messages

  • Humanitarian needs in Niger continue to be immense as a result of lasting food insecurity, high global malnutrition of children under age five and the displacement of people fleeing the conflicts in neighbouring Mali* and Nigeria*. Successive food crises, extreme poverty, displacement and rapid population growth continue to erode people’s resilience. Even in good agricultural years, between 4 and 5 million Nigeriens experience food shortages.

19 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoN airstrike mistakenly hits IDP site, resulting in at least 70 civilian deaths in Borno

  • UN identifies critical humanitarian needs among more than 35,000 IDPs sheltering in Borno’s Rann town

  • WFP plans to reach 2 million beneficiaries in northeastern Nigeria per month by December 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • 5.1 million people face acute food insecurity in northeast Nigeria (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States) during the next lean season (Cadre harmonisé analysis released on 28 October) – immediate intervention is required to assist these populations. A recent Special IPC Alert on Borno State (FEWS NET; 16 December) noted that a famine is likely ongoing and will continue in inaccessible areas of Borno State assuming conditions remain the same. The alert also noted that the current response is insufficient to meet needs.

19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

 On 19 January, 15 patients were airlifted from Rann to Maiduguri, bringing to 89 the total number of people evacuated following the military airstrike on Rann on 17 January.

 Surgical teams in four hospitals – two public and two military – in Maiduguri continue to perform operations and treat the injured.

 Medical assistance is also ongoing in Rann, a locality in the far-north of Nigeria bordering Cameroon and Chad.

Situation overview