Immense challenges face 150 million people across the Sahel. These include violent extremism, climate change and abject poverty, and a fourth – the demographic explosion that will see the region’s population double in the next twenty years – exacerbates the situation still further.
Across the Sahel more than 30 million people struggle with food insecurity; one in five children under the age of five suffers from acute malnutrition; 4.9 million people have fled from their homes.
Ongoing instability and violence in Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and continue to displace people.
In countries that are not affected by active conflict, the absence of violence coincided with two relatively good rainy seasons. This has allowed communities to recover from previous shocks and become more resilient. Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal.
In Mali, where a fragile political agreement is in place, the humanitarian situation is stable but remains extremely preoccupying. Some 3.7 million people in Mali, and 135,000 who have sought refuge in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger, still need humanitarian assistance.
In the Lake Chad Basin Boko Haram attacks continue and the scale of suffering is extremely high. Around 11 million people will require emergency relief in 2017. Seven million people – one in three families –and almost half a million children are acutely malnourished and require food.
For 2017, the humanitarian community will require US$ 2.66 billion to help 15 million people, across 8 countries. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2016)
In Nigeria, a recent analysis indicates that at least 2,000 famine-related deaths may have occurred in Bama LGA between January and September 2016, many of them young children. While assistance has improved conditions in accessible areas of Borno State, a famine may be ongoing in inaccessible areas where conditions could be similar to those observed in Bama LGA earlier this year. (FEWSNet, 13 Dec 2016)
As of 13 January 2017, the Humanitarian Response Plan was 50% funded. (OCHA, 13 Jan 2017)
Appeals & Funding
- Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2016 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
Voluntary returns to Mali facilitated in 2016
New arrivals from Mali in 2016
Malian refugees with specific needs (as of 1 January 2017)
Malian households in Mbera camp (as of 1 January 2017)
of potable water available per person per day
USD 19 M
Requested for the operation
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"The bomb that exploded on Monday morning, it's our brothers responsible for it," an audio recording said
BAUCHI/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Islamist militant group Boko Haram has said it was behind Monday's twin suicide bombing at a university in north eastern Nigeria which killed two people.
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Four people killed, 15 wounded in a suicide attack by a teenage girl suspected to be linked to Boko Haram at a university mosque in Borno State on 16 January. Police earlier shot a 12yo girl trying to enter the university. The IED strapped to her body exploded, killing her instantly. These incidents come two days after suicide bombers killed at least six people and injured 14 in a crowded market in the northeastern town of Madagali.
Nigeria - IOM has built mental health resource centres in nine locations across northeastern Nigeria to assist and support thousands of people who have fled the Boko Haram insurgency, and the local communities who are hosting them.
The centres are part of IOM’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) project, which was launched in Nigeria in May 2014, following the abduction of nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State.
Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.
The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.
The impacts of the ongoing insurgency attacks on both lives and properties in the North East states of Nigeria have left many in fear, displaced millions of people, while hundreds of thousands have lost their livelihoods and are facing serious starvation.
Violence caused by the insurgency activities of Boko Haram - and counter military measures/operations have left widespread devastation to homes, livelihoods and families.
12.01.2017 – Jürgen Koch, GIZ Country Director in Mali, talks about the challenges of working in the field. Many projects are being successfully implemented despite the tense security situation.
Mr Koch, what are the main challenges of working in Mali?
Sudan conveys its readiness for WHO verification for certification
11 January 2017 | Geneva
In 2016, a total of 25 human cases of dracunculiasis1 (guinea-worm disease) were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO); Mali reported zero cases for the first time.
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Niamey, le 16 janvier: Les organisations humanitaires au Niger recherchent 271 millions de dollars pour apporter une aide d’urgence à 1,5 million de personnes vulnérables dans le pays. Cet appel de fonds vise à mobiliser les financements nécessaires pour la mise en œuvre du Plan de réponse humanitaire de 2017 lancé aujourd’hui par son Excellence M. Brigi Rafini, Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement en présence de M.