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25 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

TOUROU, CAMEROON— Boko Haram militants are believed to be holding hundreds of captives in Nigeria's Sambisa forest, including more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014.

The armed forces of Nigeria and Cameroon are trying to free the hostages, but the forest is a good place for militants to hide and a dangerous place for soldiers to operate.

The Sambisa forest reserve in northeastern Nigeria has been a key Boko Haram hideout for years.

24 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Within the Lake Chad Basin crisis, Cameroon is the second country most affected by displacement after Nigeria. In the last month an increase of 20,000 IDPs in the Far North has been reported bringing the number to 190,591 people.

  • Since the beginning of 2016, 1,361 refugee children under 5 and 9,952 Cameroonian children <5 with SAM have been admitted to therapeutic care.

24 May 2016 description

Regional Security Meeting in Abuja and UNHCR-World Bank Lake Chad Basin Displacement Workshop

24 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· According to the CCCM cluster, there are 107,625 people displaced (refugees, returnees and IDPs) of whom 37% are not registered yet in the Lake region.

· Global acute malnutrition in displacement sites in the Lake region continue to be alarming. WFP screening data shared at the end of April show that among children under five screened in 8 displacement sites in the Lake region, an estimated 6% suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and nearly 18% from Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).

24 May 2016 description

Nigerians who found safety in neighbouring Niger, with thousands of others fleeing militants, move again as insecurity grows.

By: Helene Caux | 24 May 2016

DIFFA, Niger, May 24 (UNHCR) – Bala never imagined he would have to step over dead bodies to save his life. His brother Mahamadou never thought he would have to hide beneath them to save his.

“They were killing children in the streets. They were shooting at pregnant women,” says Bala, 50, remembering how Boko Haram tore through his town, in northern Nigeria.

24 May 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 24 May 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: Adrian Edwards | 24 May 2016

24 May 2016 description

Weekly picks

IRAQ

The government announced an offensive to take Falluja back from Islamic State. There are concerns that some 50,000 civilians inside the city lack safe corridors to escape fighting. In Baghdad, the political crisis shows no sign of resolution: up to four people were reportedly killed and dozens injured when security forces violently dispersed a Sadrist Trend protest in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

24 May 2016 description

Mali - According to the Malian government-led Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), three years after the country’s civil conflict, 468,467 former internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their communities of origin, primarily in the northern part of the country. But some 36,762 people remain displaced.

The return trend started after the presidential and legislative elections following the signature of the 1st peace agreement in June 2013 in Ouagadougou, and the ensuing improvement of the security situation in parts of the country’s northern regions.

24 May 2016 description

Depuis 2008, Chateaud'eau soutient SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL en reversant un euro à notre association pour chaque nouvelle installation de fontaine à eau bonbonne auprès de ses clients. Depuis son inauguration, ce dispositif a déjà permis à notre ONG de récolter plusieurs milliers d'euros.

Cette année, le don reversé par Chateaud'eau suite à ses ventes a permis de fournir de l’eau potable à 875 réfugiés centrafricains dans le camp de Gado au Cameroun.

24 May 2016 description

Return of Nigerian Refugees

The Cameroonian government has identified over 67,000 Nigerians who returned from Northern Cameroon mainly at the Fotokol border to Gamboru Ngala, Borno from January through April 2016. As of 26 April 2016, UNHCR has registered 22,092 Nigerians who have returned from Cameroon to Adamawa, many under conditions falling short of international legal obligations. In Borno, UNHCR is preparing to put in place registration systems to respond to the return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

24 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Carol Guensburg
May 20, 2016 3:22 PM

This week, 24 young women got a welcome distraction from studying for finals. Summoned to a common room at American University of Nigeria, they were told that a Chibok girl had been found in Borno state’s Sambisa Forest. "That’s Amina! Amina!" they shouted, exuberant, as a TV newscast showed her image.

24 May 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

There was huge relief after one of the missing Chibok girls was found. She is one of the many captives who have been set free from Boko Haram. But those freed face a tough time of re-integrating back into society.

23 May 2016 description

I am delighted to join this important meeting on countering radicalization, recovering from crisis, and fostering stability in the Sahel.

Acting to thwart radicalization and violent extremism is essential for countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meet their full development potential, and reduce the need for future humanitarian interventions.

23 May 2016 description

Eléments clés

  • 36 762 personnes déplacées internes (7 019 ménages) ont été enregistrées et identifiées par le programme DTM dans l’ensemble des régions du Mali. 27 422 PDIs sont dans les régions nord et 9 340 PDIs dans les régions sud.

  • Une enquête réalisée auprès des personnes déplacées montre que 55,2% des ménages interrogés souhaitent retourner dans leur lieu d’origine tandis que 43,2% souhaitent rester sur leur lieu de déplacement.

23 May 2016 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 5/23/2016 - 12:16 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.

Khadija Ibrahim, 30, said she was snatched by two men from a bus station in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, as she travelled to see her doctor for medical treatment.

23 May 2016 description

Dakar, 20 mai 2016

  1. A l’invitation du Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), les Chefs des missions des Nations Unies en Afrique de l'Ouest ont tenu, le 20 mai 2016 à Dakar, leur vingt-neuvième réunion consultative de haut niveau.