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)
On 10 July 2015, the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel was 31% funded. (OCHA, 27 Jul 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
Water is essential to human development and prosperity, but many people still live without reliable access to it. As the number of people in the world increases, water scarcity is forecast to worsen. The Safeguarding the World’s Water report documents USAID’s water sector activities that address key global challenges during fiscal year 2014. The report also shares progress made during the first year of implementing its Water and Development Strategy.
This report covers the period: 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
Red Cross Staff receive confirmed Ebola patients at the then new Ebola treatment Centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone in September. More than 25,000 cases have been registered and more than 10,000 deaths in the worst Ebola epidemic the world has seen. National Societies continue to be on the forfront of the reponse and the IFRC, and its Secretariat have worked together to support them.
Poor agropastoral households in central and northern areas of the country who are unable to meet their food needs due to the negative effects of below-average 2014 harvests and limited pasture availability are reducing the size and, in some cases, the number of their meals, as well as resorting to other atypical coping strategies. Consequently, these households are currently facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity.
Ebola, security sector reform, and the role of regional organizations in addressing global challenges would be top priorities of the Security Council in August, said the Permanent Representative of Nigeria, President of the body for the month, at a Headquarters press conference today.
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A former minister and member of the opposition was named head of Mali's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission as the west African country looks to strengthen a peace accord, a statement said Tuesday.
Ousmane Oumarou Sidibe, a 60-year-old academic who has worked at the University of Bamako since 2006, was named to the post the previous day, a government statement said.
Sidibe held several ministerial posts between 1993 and 2000, and is a member of the URD, one of Mali's main opposition parties.
WFP continues to reach people affected by the Nigeria crises in Cameroon, Chad and Niger; however insecurity continues to be a key operational constraint, along with the onset of the lean and the rainy season.
The security situation in the northeast of Nigeria continues to deteriorate despite measures taken so far by the new administration. Insurgents have been attacking and killing with impunity, almost on a daily basis.
Over 10 civilians were killed by insurgents on 14-15 July in an attack on Gamgara, Niger near Bosso, on the Nigerian border. Following weeks of relative calm, attacks in the Diffa region have increased.
Réfugiés estimés par le Gouvernement Tchadien dans la Région du Lac
Réfugiés nigérians enregistrés à Dar Es Salam
Réfugiés nigériens enregistrés à Dar Es Salam
Personnes à besoins spécifiques assistés
Transfert des réfugiés qui sont sur les îles et dans des zones non accessibles vers le site de Dar Es Salam
Yaounde, Cameroon — Cameroon has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against Nigeria's Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across borders, officials said Tuesday.
Authorities also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram, said Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon's Far North region.
Afin d’éviter les doublons et des lacunes qui ont été enregistrés dans la réponse humanitaire, notamment dans la réponse au tsunami en 2004, les agences humanitaires (Nations Unies (ONU) et les organisations non-gouvernementales (ONG) intervenant dans l’humanitaire) ont initié une réforme pour assurer une meilleure coordination. Cette réforme a permis de mettre en place l’approche à responsabilité sectorielle sur la base de laquelle les agences des ONU et les ONG intervenant dans la réponse humanitaire ont pris des engagements selon leur secteur de compétences.
Snapshot 29 July–4 August 2015
Pakistan: Flooding has killed 118 people and affected more than 800,000 people in Pakistan. Hundreds of villages have been inundated. Most casualties were recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
Myanmar : 46 people have been killed and 156,000–216,000 people are affected by flooding. Sagaing region and Kachin and Shan states have been particularly impacted. Another 350,000 people are estimated affected in Bangladesh and India.
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— At least seven people were killed and about 20 others were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border, a senior military officer said Tuesday.
Tchakarmari, the village targeted early on Tuesday, lies north of Maroua, where dozens of people were killed in a series of suicide bombings by the Nigerian Islamist group last month.
Entrepreneur malien, Karim Traore s'est lancé depuis trois ans dans la pisciculture. Il vit dans le quartier rural de Mandela, un village situé dans la région de Sikasso, qui connaît un taux de malnutrition infantile supérieur à la moyenne nationale et fait face à un exode rural important.
Representatives of government services, donors, and international organizations convened at a workshop on social protection organized by the World Bank in Mali.
Facing instability and food insecurity, large swaths of the Malian population are vulnerable and struggle to make ends meet.
Since 2013, the World Bank has been supporting an Emergency Safety Nets project, which has provided targeted cash transfers to 62,000 households.
MINUSMA strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attacks against the Malian Armed Forces and Security Forces by unidentified gunmen in the centre and north of the country. The first attack targeted the Malian Armed Forces on 1 August with an ambush on the road between Diabaly and Nampala, at 6 km from Toulé, in the community of Nampala in the Ségou region. The second attack was carried out early this morning against a unit of the National Guard based in Gourma Rharous, located about 120 km east of the city of Timbuktu.
Aggravation de l’insécurité alimentaire dans la région de Diffa
La saison pluvieuse 2015 a connu une installation tardive dans les régions agricoles du pays et dans les zones pastorales ou on observe une prolongation de la période de soudure pastorale.
MAROUA, CAMEROUN, 3 août 2015 (IRIN) - Il y a un mois, vendeurs et acheteurs se bousculaient au marché principal de la ville camerounaise de Maroua. Aujourd’hui cependant, l’endroit inspire peur et soupçon - à la limite de la paranoïa.
La Suisse vient d’investir 6,3 milliards de FCFA (environ CHF 10 millions) pour la mise en œuvre de son programme d’appui à l’éducation non formelle. L’appui bénéficiera aux enfants, aux jeunes non scolarisés et déscolarisés précoces et aux adultes des régions de Sikasso, de Mopti et de Tombouctou.
July 2015 – Trends
Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen
August 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan