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
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 12:28 GMT
Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday.
"On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slaughtered 10 people, all of them fishermen," Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen's union in Borno State, told AFP.
The account was confirmed by a local fisherman, Buhari Dan-Malam, who lives in Doron Baga.
Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region
Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.
33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.
Yaoundé, Cameroon | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 11:57 GMT
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.
Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.
Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 20:05 GMT
Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast.
Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week.
GENÈVE, 21 juillet (HCR) – La violence et l'insécurité ont continué d'entraîner des mouvements de population dans le nord du Nigéria et les pays voisins, a déclaré mardi (21 juillet) l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés.
Dans la région isolée de l'Extrême-Nord du Cameroun, un flux incessant de réfugiés nigérians quitte la zone frontalière instable entre le Nigéria et le Cameroun en quête d'abri à une centaine de kilomètres à l'intérieur des terres, au camp de Minawao qui est géré par le HCR et ses partenaires.
Yaoundé, Cameroun | AFP | mardi 28/07/2015 - 14:51 GMT
Quelque 2.000 soldats supplémentaires seront déployés pour lutter contre les islamistes nigérians de Boko Haram dans la région de l'Extrême-Nord du Cameroun, en proie à une vague d'attentats-suicides ces derniers jours, a rapporté mardi la radio d'Etat.
"Près de 2.000 soldats supplémentaires seront déployés dans la région de l'Extrême-Nord", a rapporté la Cameroon Radio-Television (Crtv), sans donner de précision sur la date de ce déploiement.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
Yaounde, Cameroon | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 15:37 GMT
Cameroon will send around 2,000 extra troops to the north of the country to fight Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist movement behind bloody cross-border raids and suicide bombings, state television said Tuesday.
"Almost 2,000 extra soldiers will be deployed in the Extreme North region," on the border with northeastern Nigeria, according to the report on Cameroon Radio-Television, which gave no timetable for the operation.
Dakar, 27 July 2015: Toby Lanzer took up his assignment as Regional Coordinator for the Sahel last week in Dakar. Mr. Lanzer succeeds Robert Piper who has held the position since March 2013.
(Dakar, 27 juillet 2015) : Toby Lanzer a pris ses fonctions de Coordonnateur Humanitaire Régional pour le Sahel la semaine passée à Dakar. M. Lanzer succède à Robert Piper qui occupait le poste depuis mars 2013.
Entre juin et août, environ 7,5 millions de personnes seront confrontées à une crise alimentaire au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest
Début tardif de la saison des pluies dans certaines régions du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest
Insécurité persistente en RCA malgré une diminution des violences
Fixation de la date des élections en RCA
Résurgence d’Ebola au Libéria
DAMATURU, Nigeria July 26 (Reuters) - A blast set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu on Sunday, killing at least 15 people, a police spokesman said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which witnesses said occurred at around 9.30 a.m. (0830 GMT), but it is the latest in a series of attacks in the last few weeks that bear the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Sunday 7/26/2015 - 15:32 GMT
by Reinnier Kaze
A 12-year-old girl suicide bomber killed 20 people in an attack on a bar in Maroua in Cameroon, while in a crowded market in neighbouring Nigeria a "mentally handicapped" female attacker killed 14.
The child bomber blew herself up among Saturday night revellers in the popular bar, injuring at least 79 others, Cameroonian state TV reported on Sunday.
Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 7/25/2015 - 14:17 GMT |
At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday.
"The terrorists stormed Maikadiri around 9:00 am (0800 GMT Friday) and opened fire on hapless citizens," resident Simon Templer said.
"They laid siege in daylight because there are no soldiers or police nearby," said another survivor, Markus Ali, adding: "We counted 21 corpses."
Comme mentionné dans le précédant flash, IRC a procédé à une assistance alimentaire d’urgence à Chétimari et Gagamari suite à l’arrivée massive de personnes déplacées en provenance de Damasak. Cette assistance s’étendra sur une période de 5 jours et touchera 1000 ménages déplacés dont 600 à Chétimari et 400 à Gagamari identifiées sur base de vulnérabilité.