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
Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 19:00 GMT
A woman suicide bomber on Saturday killed two passers-by and her accomplice in an attack in northeast Nigeria, witnesses and security sources told AFP.
Moments before the explosion, the female attacker and her accomplice, had tried to board a bus but were stopped by the driver.
"The suicide mission took place at around 1130 am when two women wearing hijabs tried to board a commercial vehicle but the wary driver resisted," a highly-placed security source said.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 17:44 GMT
Boko Haram fighters have raided villages in northeast Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, apparently in reprisal for a Chadian offensive against its hideouts, residents told AFP on Friday.
Scores of heavily armed militants on Wednesday rampaged through more than a dozen villages in the Kala-Balge district in Borno state, shooting, hacking residents to death and razing homes.
26 February 2015 – The high-level team appointed by the United Nations to investigate the events surrounding a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded its visit to the African country, the UN spokesperson’s office confirmed today.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the investigation on 29 January to determine the facts surrounding the “tragic incident” which resulted in the death and injury of protesters in the northern city of Gao.
26 février 2015 – L'équipe de haut niveau mandatée par le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour enquêter sur la manifestation violente de janvier dernier à Gao, au Mali, est sur le point de terminer une visite de huit jours dans le pays.
Selon la presse, le 27 janvier à Gao, au nord du Mali, une manifestation violente contre un camp de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation dans le pays (MINUSMA) avait entraîné des morts et de nombreux blessés.
GENEVA / BAMAKO (26 February 2015) – United Nations Independent Expert Suliman Baldo will carry out his fourth official visit to Mali from 1 – 10 March 2015 to assess the current situation of human rights in the country at a key moment in the current round of peace negotiations.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 19:33 GMT | 716 words
by Bukar HUSSAIN with Aminu ABUBAKAR in Kano and AFP Lagos
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the scene of what is feared to be Boko Haram's worst massacre and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over.
But the Islamists gave a fresh indication of the scale of the task, with three separate bombings in the country's religiously tense central region and restive northeast that left at least 35 people dead.
Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 14:56 GMT | 632 words
by Phil HAZLEWOOD
Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday vowed to "lead from the front" in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country's forthcoming election.
The former military ruler, who rejected descriptions of him as a "dictator", also argued against further delays to the election and said a free, fair and peaceful vote would boost democracy in Africa.
Niamey (CICR) – Le conflit qui sévit depuis plusieurs mois dans le nord-est du Nigéria s'est étendu au Niger voisin. Depuis le 6 février, plusieurs localités de la région de Diffa, dans l'extrême sud-est du Niger, sont le théâtre de combats et de violences qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes et provoqué le déplacement de milliers de personnes.
Niamey (ICRC) – The conflict which broke out several months ago in north-eastern Nigeria has spilled over the border into neighbouring Niger. Since 6 February several areas in the Diffa region in the south-eastern corner of Niger have been the scene of fighting and violence which has caused many deaths and injuries and displaced thousands of people.
IDPs Begin to Return Home
Displaced populations in the country’s western Olodio locality and other areas are gradually returning to their villages despite lingering insecurity. Some 3,000 people fled their homes following armed attacks on Dahioké, Grabo and Irato areas in January. Humanitarian actors are assessing the possibility of food distributions in communities of return.
Conseil des droits de l’homme
Point 10 de l’ordre du jour
Assistance technique et renforcement des capacités
Human Rights Council
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building
Niamey, Niger | AFP | mardi 24/02/2015 - 20:30 GMT
Le gouvernement du Niger a annoncé mardi qu'il prolongeait l'état d'urgence dans la région de Diffa (sud-est), à la frontière avec le Nigeria, sous le feu du groupe islamiste nigérian Boko Haram depuis le début du mois.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, for giving me this opportunity to brief you on my recent visit to the Central African Republic and Cameroon. I did this visit jointly with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, and also with ECHO’s Director of Operations, Mr. Jean-Louis de Brouwer.
Our aim was to help focus the global spotlight on the complex and tragic humanitarian emergency that continues in the CAR and its impact on neighbouring Cameroon.
Snapshot 18-24 February 2015
Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 2/24/2015 - 21:43 GMT
by Aminu ABUBAKAR
Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections.
The first bombing, which killed 17, ripped through a station on the outskirts of Potiskum, in northeast Yobe state, which has been targeted repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists.
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Central African Republic (CAR): Violence and crime has been rising in CAR over recent weeks, with serious security incidents registered during the first half of February. This situation underlines that the conflict in CAR is far from over. As the safety and security of IOM staff, local populations, and humanitarian partners in Bangui as well as in other provinces in the country continue to be affected by the on-going conflict, IOM is considering additional precautions to ensure that all possible security measures are taken.