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
Le CICR intensifie ses actions dans la région du lac Tchad (L’OBS, 21/05/15)
Alarming Rise of Malnutrition and Food Insecurity in Western Chad (UNICEF, 12/05/15)
L’OIM aide les migrants tchadiens bloqués au Cameroun à rentrer chez eux (OIM, 05/05/15)
Le Tchad vise un taux d’accès à l’eau de 95% pour les 15 prochaines années (Alwihda Info, 21/05/15)
In Chad, making quality education a reality for a million children (UNICEF, 18/05/15)
(Bamako, le 20 mai 2015) - La nouvelle Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire au Mali, Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe, a officiellement pris ses fonctions. Mme Gasarabwe a été nommée à la barre de la communauté humanitaire au Mali le 8 mai dernier par le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies. Elle succède ainsi à M. David Gressly qui a récemment complété sa mission au pays.
(Bamako, 20 May 2015) - The new Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali, Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, has officially taken office. Ms. Gasarabwe was appointed at the helm of Mali’s humanitarian community on 8 May by the United Nations Secretary-General. She succeeds Mr. David Gressly who recently completed his mission in the country.
Déplacements de population dans la region de Tombouctou
Population displacement in the Timbuktu region
La communauté humanitaire au Tchad recherche USD 540millions pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires de 2,5 millions de personnes en 2015. Ces fonds permettront de répondre à quatre défis humanitaires principaux liés à l’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition (44% du total demande), aux réfugiés et personnes déplacées (48% du total), aux urgences sanitaires (6% du total) et aux catastrophes naturelles (1% du total).
357 ENFANTS LIBÉRÉS PAR DES GROUPES ARMÉS
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
357 CHILDREN RELEASED BY ARMED GROUPS
Armed groups on 15 May released 357 children, many younger than 12 years following a UNICEF-facilitated agreement with the leaders of anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka militants. UNICEF and partners have begun providing psychosocial support and working to reunite the children with their families and will be supporting their reintegration into the community. This is the single largest release of children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic since violence erupted in 2012.
As the violent insurgency continues to affect north-east Nigeria, the Displacement Tracking Matrix Round III published in April 2015, identified 1.5 million people as displaced and living with host communities, camps and camp-like settlements. The highest percentage of displaced people have been registered in Borno state (63% of the total number of displaced population), which is facing acute food insecurity.