In the Sahel, extreme poverty, climate change, armed conflict and insecurity continue to threaten the lives of millions already living on the brink. These interdependent drivers are behind the staggering levels of structural, chronic and acute vulnerability present in the region. Where the chronic seasonal cycle is broken, progress and success can be seen. Where conflict hits, hard-won gains are quickly lost and new challenges appear.
Communities across the region remain highly vulnerable. In 2017, around 30 million people are expected to face food insecurity, and almost 12 million of them at crisis and emergency levels. Pockets of pasture deficits have been observed in certain areas of Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, and risks of locusts have been identified in Mauritania and neighboring areas. The situation of people living in the conflict-affected regions of Mali and the Lake Chad Basin, is particularity critical.
In 2017, in the more stable regions of the Sahel such as Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal, where needs are driven by chronic vulnerability, humanitarian action has been fully aligned with resilience and development frameworks.
Lake Chad Basin: The scale of suffering remains huge and is expected to grow: around 11 million people will require assistance in 2017. Humanitarian partners have requested US$1.5 billion to provide aid to 8.2 million people. While the response strategy focuses us on providing emergency, life-saving assistance, humanitarian actors are also calling for a collaborative approach to help address the deeper causes of the Lake Chad Basin crisis that include abject poverty, the impact of climate change, rapid population growth and under-investment in social services. At the Oslo conference on 24 Feb 2017, 14 donors pledged $458 million for relief in 2017 and an additional $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond. (OCHA, 24 Feb 2017)
Mali: Needs remain high with more than 3.5 million people being food insecure and some 852,000 people in need of nutrition assistance. More than 37,000 people remain internally displaced. The majority of those in need of assistance are in Mali’s northern region. In April 2017, the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 for $293 million was only 11.6% funded. OCHA warned of destabilizing consequences, as the humanitarian situation is quickly deteriorating as a direct result of the conflict. (OCHA, 28 Apr 2017)
For 2017, the humanitarian community will require US$ 2.66 billion to help 15 million people, across 8 countries. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2016)
As of 2 June 2017, the humanitarian response plan for West and Central Africa was 25% funded. (OCHA, 2 June 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel 2017 | Overview of humanitarian needs and requirements EN/FR
- Sahel 2016 | Rapport de suivi périodique (Octobre-Decembre)
Abuja, 21st June 2017. The ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Commission for Refugee Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) have donated food items worth USD 3,000 to refugees in Abuja as part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the World Refugee Day 2017 to demonstrate commitment to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) December 2000 Resolution 55/76 to raise public awareness about refugee’s situations in the region every 20th of June.
Ambassador Leendertse, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a real pleasure to be here today. I would like to thank Germany for co-hosting this important event on a topic that has been front and centre on our agenda over the past few months. We have a diverse panel from the humanitarian and development communities, each of them representing organizations that are deeply involved in the ongoing response and averting famine.
Juin 2017. Le soleil plombe sur Konna, dans le cercle de Mopti. L’homme d’une soixantaine d’années assis sur un tapis de paille coloré chasse une mouche du revers de la main et reste un moment silencieux, les yeux rivés sur le sol. Il pousse un soupir avant de reprendre son témoignage ; un moment difficile, qui fait remonter à sa mémoire des souvenirs douloureux.
FAO provides seeds and fertilizer to more than one million people in planting season push
21 June 2017, Rome/Maiduguri - Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. It is part of efforts, led by the Government, to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in areas affected by Boko Haram violence.
1 338 candidats ont été enrôlés pour la session de Juillet 2017. Soit une augmentation de 199 par rapport à 2016.
1 257 candidats ont été enrôlés pour la session de Juillet 2017. Soit une baisse de 47 par rapport à 2016.
Shelter and NFI
In most of the 206 displacement sites assessed, most displaced people are living in makeshift tents (63 or 28%), followed by school (31 or 23%), government structures (25 or 19.5%) and tents (39 or 18%). In 1,719 host communities where IDPs are residing, all IDPs have shelters and in 207 sites less than 25% households are living in tents.
(Geneva, 21 June 2017): A record 141 million people across 37 countries in the world need humanitarian assistance today while UN-coordinated response plans, aiming to help over 101 million of the most vulnerable, are only one-quarter funded.
A total of 1,234,894 individuals have returned to their respective homes
94,584 (7.66%) individuals are from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic
Top LGAs with returns
The following LGAs have received more returnees between 3rd and 12th of April 2017:
Mobbar in Borno: 15,028 individuals returned from Niger Republic.
Gujba in Yobe: 5,997 individuals returned from Damaturu.
Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence
- 3,119,225 IDPs and Retur nees were covered by DTM Round XVI
I am extremely worried that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria - into a situation dangerously unprepared to receive them. Three weeks ago UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned about the situation in the Nigerian border town of Banki where thousands were returning.
by Arthur Boutellis and Marie-Joëlle Zahar
The 2015 Bamako Agreement was supposed to usher in a new era of peace and stability in Mali. However, not only has there been little progress in implementing the agreement, but the security situation remains volatile. This state of affairs is all the more troubling given the international community’s mobilization in support of the Malian state. Why, in spite of this mobilization, are some warning that the peace agreement is in danger of collapse?
Bamako, 19 June 2017 - MINUSMA condemns in the strongest terms the revolting terrorist attack yesterday, 18 June, against the resort "Le Campement Kangaba", located East of the Malian capital. According to preliminary reports provided by the Malian authorities, a number of victims and injured have been reported. The final official record of the attack remains to be established by the Malian authorities.
MINUSMA expresses its deepest condolences to the governments and families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.