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 $214 million was announced for 2018 and beyond. (OCHA, 24 Feb 2017)
Mali: Needs remain high with more than 3.5 million people being food insecure and some 852,000 people in need of nutrition assistance. More than 37,000 people remain internally displaced. The majority of those in need of assistance are in Mali’s northern region.
For 2017, the humanitarian community will require US$ 2.66 billion to help 15 million people, across 8 countries. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2016)
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USG partners continue response to Critical and Extreme Critical levels of malnutrition in northeastern Nigeria
USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 1 million people in northeastern Nigeria with emergency food assistance in February
Conflict displaces nearly 9,100 people in Borno between February 24 and March 14
by Stephen O'Brien | https://twitter.com/unreliefchief
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:57 GMT
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Allowing famine to unfold is a choice; we must make the choice to stop it
Le Plan de réponse humanitaire (HRP) 2017 s’inscrit dans la stratégie d’action humanitaire régionale lancée en 2014 au Mali et dans huit autres pays du Sahel. Cette stratégie comporte trois objectifs qui sont adaptés comme suit au contexte national du Mali.
CONTEXTE DE LA PLANIFICATION INTÉGRÉE
Jusqu’à l’année 2016, l’action du Système des Nations Unies en Mauritanie a été basée sur deux processus de planification parallèles, notamment : l’UNDAF (Plan Cadre des Nations Unies pour l’Assistance au Développement), et le SRP/HRP (le Plan Stratégique de Réponse Humanitaire).
Market availability and physical access
Hikes in prices of food commodities in the markets of Borno and Yobe States as well as other parts of the country have been compounded by the ongoing economic recession, depreciation in the value of the Naira, increased cost of transportation and rising inflationary trends.
Staple food commodities are widely available in the markets of Borno and Yobe States, with the exception of Gubio where traders reported limited availability of maize, yam, millet and fish.
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$1,054 million funds required in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)
5.5% 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan coverage
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:59 GMT
The attack by four female teenage suicide bombers injured 16 others in a residential area in the northeast Nigerian city.
(Adds Magumeri attack, Cameroon freed hostages)
By Kolawole Adewale and Lanre Ola
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, March 15 (Reuters) - Four female teenage suicide bombers killed two people and injured 16 others in a residential area in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a disaster agency spokesman said on Wednesday.
The "hostages freed consisted mostly of women, children and elderly people"
By Sylvain Andzongo
YAOUNDE, March 15 (Reuters) - Regional West African forces freed 5,000 captives from a Boko Haram base in a more than week-long operation that also completely destroyed the militants' hideout in mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Cameroon said Wednesday.
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The Danish Refugee Council is present in some of the worst hit areas and helps people, who are affected by the escalating ‘four famines’ in Africa and Yemen.
More than 20 million people are facing famine in the crisis currently escalating several places in African and Yemen. This has caused the UN to issue its largest appeal in the organizations history. The Danish Refugee Council is present in many of the worst affected areas and is working extensively to help.
The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is developed to facilitate joint referral pathway for women, men, boys and girls at risk in the humanitarian operation, including Reception Centers, camps and host communities where the IDPs live. Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a life threatening protection, health, and human rights issue that can have devastating impact on women and children in particular, as well as families and communities.
In the Lake Chad Region, that includes part of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, attacks by Boko Haram have uprooted and displaced 2.3 million people to date. Violence, combined with chronic drought, cholera and poverty have created one of the most complex and severe humanitarian crises in today’s world.
La région de Diffa est confrontée depuis quelques années à des mouvements forcés de populations causés par les violences liées aux activités de Boko Haram dans le bassin du lac Tchad. Par ailleurs, plusieurs cas de victimes civiles ont été relevés dans les départements de Bosso, Diffa, Goudoumaria, Mainé Soroa et Nguigmi. Selon les données non exhaustives recueillies par les partenaires sur le terrain, on dénombre environ 455 personnes tuées, blessées ou enlevées depuis les premières attaques de Boko Haram au Niger en février 2015.