Grave concerns persist for some 20 million people in the Sahel. Recurrent conflict, erratic weather patterns, epidemics and other shocks continue to weaken the resilience of households across a region still suffering chronic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.
An estimated 20.4 million people remain food insecure at the start of 2015. At least 2.6 million people have already crossed the crisis threshold, 70 percent of whom are in Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Chad where insecurity and poverty compound food insecurity.
Epidemics continue to demand urgent attention in 2015. Besides cholera, meningitis, Lassa and yellow fever, more recently, Ebola has been posing a serious threat to the Sahel region and has already impacted Mali, Nigeria, and Mali directly.
Beyond the chronic threats of food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemics, violent conflict in and around the Sahel region has led to a surge in population displacement. The region begins 2015 with some 2.8 million people displaced; over a million more than in early 2014. With escalating conflict in northeast Nigeria, an estimated one million people have been internally displaced. Some 150,000 Nigerian refugees have fled to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The volatile security situation in northern Mali continues to have a devastating impact on civilians, hampering the return of refugees, affecting markets and preventing the full restoration of basic services. Some 133,000 Malian refugees remain in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso and more than 80,000 Malians remain internally displaced. As in Nigeria, high levels of insecurity in northern Mali also greatly impact the ability of humanitarians to access those in need. (Sahel: A call for humanitarian aid, 12 Feb 2015)
Due to the ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, Chad is now the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world with over 750,000 displaced persons, the majority of whom are refugees or Chadian returnees who fled from the Central African Republic, Libya, Nigeria, and Sudan. At the end of August, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multi-faceted humanitarian challenges affecting the country. (OCHA, 27 Aug 2015)
As of 20 November 2015, the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel was 41% funded. (OCHA, 20 Nov 2015)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2015 EN/FR
- Humanitarian Needs Overview EN/FR
- 2014-2016 Strategic Response Plans: Sahel Region EN/FR; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Gambia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal
HUIT PERSONNES TUEES LORS D’AFFRONTEMENTS ENTRE BOKO HARAM ET L’ARMEE
Le 21 octobre, huit civils ont été tués et neuf autres blessés dans le village de Doulo, situé dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord du Cameroun, lors de combats entre des militants de Boko Haram et les forces de sécurité. Dans cette région en proie à la violence, il existe un besoin urgent de financement pour faire face aux questions de protection. Un renforcement en ce qui concerne l’accès à la santé et à un soutien psychologique est nécessaire.
EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED AMIDST CLASHES BETWEEN BOKO HARAM AND THE CAMEROON ARMY
On 21 October, eight civilians were killed and nine injured in Doulo village, located in Cameroon's Far North region, during fighting between Boko Haram militants and security forces. In the region affected by violence resources are urgently needed to address protection issues, and further support is required in terms of access to health and psychological support.
BOKO HARAM BRIEFLY SEIZES CONTROL OF A TOWN ON THE BORDER WITH NIGERIA