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)
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
USD$ 28 million allocated from UN Central Emergency Fund to assist people affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency.
Boko Haram, insecurity exert misery in Cameroon’s Far North Region.
Millions of people in Ebola-affected countries risk serious food shortages during the June-August lean season.
Significant drop in EVD cases recorded in March.
Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.
Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 23:40 GMT
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday told the United Nations his country would not need the help of an international force in the fight against Boko Haram.
The outgoing leader said in a statement he wanted the UN to focus instead on helping to rebuild communities and assist those affected by the six-year Islamist insurgency.
Despite a relative lull in attacks since the March 2015 presidential elections, the insurgency by militant group Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria is far from over and needs continue to rise. Violence perpetrated by the group is the primary driver of a reported 1.2 million people fleeing to other parts of the country. Mass abductions of women and girls, such as the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, has become a trademark tactic. During the second half of 2014 and early 2015, internal displacement at the hands of Boko Haram was also reported within neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Yaoundé, le 15 avril 2015: Depuis bientôt deux ans, le Cameroun a été témoin de l’arrivée des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés déversés au niveau de ses frontières, à mesure que les gens fuient l'instabilité persistante au Nigeria voisin. Actuellement, 34 996 nigérians ont trouvé refuge au Cameroun, avec 2 670 nouveaux réfugiés dans le pays, au mois de janvier. Par ailleurs, 30 000 hommes, femmes et enfants ont été identifiés comme étant déplacés à l'intérieur du Cameroun à la suite du débordement des violences transfrontalières.
El salto a Níger del conflicto en el norte de Nigeria agrava la situación humanitaria y ejerce una gran presión sobre la población de acogida y los recursos disponibles.
Más de 100.000 personas, nigerianos y nigerinos, necesitan asistencia en las regiones al sur del país, en la frontera con Nigeria.
Acción contra el Hambre pone en marcha una intervención de emergencia en la región de Diffa para cubrir necesidades de agua y saneamiento de poblaciones desplazadas y de acogida.
Madrid, 16 de abril de 2015
Suite à la découverte d’explosifs et aux attaques spontanées de Boko Haram à Tchoukoutalia et ses environs le 07, 09 et 13 Avril 2015, UNDSS a renforcé les mesures de sécurité. Dorénavant au moins deux véhicules sont exigés pour l’axe Ndjamena – Bol – Bagasola pour les missions.
CHIBOK, NIGERIA—When rumors began circulating in January 2014 that Boko Haram planned to attack the girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Ruhab’s parents decided their daughter should stay at home. Now instead of doing her homework, she spends her days cleaning, cooking and washing clothes for her older brother.
“I forgot so many things that, if I have to go back to class now, if they ask me to write a paper, I cannot write now. ... I forgot many things in one year,” she said.
Depuis les premières attaques du 6 février 2015 perpétrées par Boko Haram à Diffa, les entrées tout comme les sorties dans cette région du sud-est du Niger font l’objet d’un contrôle strict.
HUMAN RESOURCES: SCALING UP OF UNICEF PRESENCE IN THE FIELD
• One UNICEF focal point in Diffa since 2013, in charge of monitoring UNICEF emergency response at sub-national level.
• HR support from Maradi Zonal Office and Niamey Office in Health, Nutrition, Protection, WASH, Education, Communication.
• Child Protection support from the Child Protection Rapid Response Team to coordinate the Child Protection sub Cluster.
Violent attacks by Boko Haram in villages in Carmeroon have increased during the last months. Those who fled report of lootings, killings, mass executions and kidnappings including of children which resulted in large scale displacement.
Unless otherwise indicated the data in this document summarizes the results of an assessment conducted by UNHCR Protection staff. It provides a first snapshot of protection and other needs collected end of March 2015 through key informant interviews. The full report is available upon request from UNHCR.
14 April 2015 – Sexual violence is being used as a “tactic of terror” to target religious and ethnic minorities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, according to Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations official dealing with the issue.
RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE (RCA)
FERMETURE DU SITE DE DÉPLACÉS DE L’AÉROPORT DE BANGUI
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
BANGUI AIRPORT IDP SITE TO BE SHUT
SWP Comments 2015/C 21, April 2015, 4 Pages