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25 Mar 2017 description

by Adela Suliman | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 24 March 2017 07:00 GMT

Many women have lost male relatives to war and find themselves in the role of sole breadwinner. One in four Syrian refugee families is now headed by a woman.

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Islamic State militants brutally invaded her hometown of Kobani in Syria, Shorash didn't initially see it as a career opportunity.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Italy

"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition problems".

24 Mar 2017 description

Mali: MSF warns about the use of humanitarian aid for political and military interests

The incursion of military and political actors in the humanitarian field is putting the provision of humanitarian aid at risk in Mali. This is the main conclusion of a report published this week by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which analyses the continuous and harmful instrumentalisation of humanitarian aid in the country.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The mid-term results of the Project for Improving Communities’ Resilience and Food Security to Overcome the Adverse Effects of Climate Change (PARSSAC) – funded by WFP’s Climate Adaptation Fund – were presented in February.

  • For the next six months, WFP needs USD 4.8 million to avoid pipeline breaks, and assist the local population and Malian refugees with cash/in-kind assistance, and resilience building activities. Urgent funding of USD 1.2 million is also needed to resume WFP’s school meals programme for the next six months.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Zero Hunger Country Strategic Review has officially begun.

  • A total of 7,416 people were assisted under the immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP 201036) in February 2017.

Operational Updates

24 Mar 2017 description

PRIORITY SECTORS

  • Education: School closures have interrupted education for an estimated 72,000 children.

  • Health: Various attacks have resulted in the disruption of health service provision, as health centres closed and people are scared to travel.

  • Food security will worsen in the area. Households are expected to face Stressed outcomes (IPC Phase 2) between April and September.

  • WASH: Scheduled repairs or constructions of wells and latrines are being delayed because of rising insecurity.

24 Mar 2017 description

Monthly regional mixed migration summary for February 2017 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region

24 Mar 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

We are on the precipice of another humanitarian crisis. The famine that is raging in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen is threatening the lives of millions of people. The crisis is urgent, complex and vast. Without swift action, alarming food shortages in Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, and Niger, could also spiral into crisis.

23 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The security situation remained calm, despite some incidents related to inter-communal tensions or acts allegedly perpetrated by armed elements.

  • Two multisector assessments in the return areas of women and children having allegedly surrendered highlighted many vulnerabilities and the likely return of nearly 40,000 people in the southern part of Bol canton.

  • New displacements to Koulkime and Kousserie were reported, caused by a feeling of insecurity among the population.

23 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After three years of assistance at the Gaoui site, the humanitarian community advocates for durable solutions to facilitate the reintegration of returnees.

  • The Oslo Humanitarian Conference allowed the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to receive pledges of US $ 672 million, including US $ 458 million in 2017.

Toward sustainable solutions for Gaoui returnees

Decreasing humanitarian response in the site

23 Mar 2017 description

Faits saillants

  • La situation sécuritaire est restée calme, malgré quelques incidents liés à des tensions intercommunautaires ou des actes d’éléments armés.

  • Deux évaluations multisectorielles dans les zones de retour des femmes et enfants en situation de reddition ont souligné de nombreuses vulnérabilités et les retours probables de près de 40 000 personnes au sud du canton de Bol.

  • De nouveaux déplacements vers Koulkime et Kousserie, causés par un sentiment d’insécurité des populations, ont été rapportés.

23 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The security situation remained calm, despite some incidents related to inter-communal tensions or acts allegedly perpetrated by armed elements.

  • Two multisector assessments in the return areas of women and children having allegedly surrendered highlighted many vulnerabilities and the likely return of nearly 40,000 people in the southern part of Bol canton.

  • New displacements to Koulkime and Kousserie were reported, caused by a feeling of insecurity among the population.

23 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

600 Mauritanian refugees who expressed their interest in being naturalised have their file being handled by a legal consulting company that supports the naturalization process

50 Protection incidents have been reported in north and central regions of Mali since January 2017

FUNDING

USD 40 million requested for the operation

PRIORITIES

23 Mar 2017 description

285.0 M required for 2017

15.0 M contributions received, representing 4% of requirement

270.0 M funding gap for West Africa

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Chad’s pipeline of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is facing an alarming strain. The current pipeline covers up to June 2017. Chad is a landlocked country and new supplies take four months to arrive in country - unless new funds are received by end of March, the country will be facing an RUTF shortage.

22 Mar 2017 description

Sécurité

La situation sécuritaire dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord demeure volatile et imprévisible. Les forces de défense et de sécurité camerounaises poursuivent les opérations de bouclage dans les localités frontalières avec le Nigeria. Dans la nuit du 15 au 16 mars, la localité d’Ashigashia dans le Mayo Tsanaga a été bouclée et des centaines de personnes interpellées parmi lesquelles 330 nigérians transférés dans les locaux de la commune de Mozogo et pris en charge par le budget de la commune.

Développements majeurs