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
Insécurité alimentaire de Stress au Nord à partir d’avril liée à la baisse de production et de revenus
Bamako, Mali | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 19:27 GMT
Algerian mediators hosting peace talks between the Mali government and militants have produced a draft agreement transferring a raft of powers from Bamako to the country's restive north.
Ethnic divisions run deep in the west African nation's northern desert, the cradle of a Tuareg separatist movement which has spawned several rebellions since the 1960s.
On 26 February, the German Bundestag voted by a large majority to extend the participation of German servicemen and women in the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) for a further 15 months, and to increase the number of soldiers involved. The aim is that up to 350 soldiers can be deployed in Mali in the future. Germany will take over as chair of EUTM in August 2015.
Bamako, Mali | AFP | vendredi 27/02/2015 - 18:40 GMT
La médiation algérienne aux pourparlers de paix sur le Mali a présenté aux parties un nouveau projet d'accord, accueilli favorablement par le camp gouvernemental, mais avec réserves par la rébellion du nord du pays, a appris vendredi l'AFP auprès des intéressés.
Millet, rice, and sorghum constitute the basic staple foods for the majority of the Malian population. Millet has traditionally been the most widely consumed, but since 2005 rice has become a popular substitute in urban households. Sorghum is generally more important for rural than urban households. Markets included are indicative of local conditions within their respective regions. Ségou is one of the most important markets for both the country and region because it is located in a very large grain production area.
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.
Une Equipe Mixte d’Observation et deVérification (EMOV) de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de cessez-le-feu du 23 mai 2014 a effectué aujourd’hui une mission dans la localité d’Agouni, chef-lieu dela commune de Salam, Région de Tombouctou.
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.
(Bamako, 26 février 2015) – Les organisations humanitaires au Mali lancent un appel de 377 millions de dollars pour répondre aux besoins de plus d’un million et demi de personnes en 2015. Cette requête servira à financer le deuxième volet de leur plan d’action commun couvrant la période de 2014 à 2016.
(Bamako, February 26, 2015) - Humanitarian organizations in Mali are seeking $377 million to cover the needs of over 1.5 million people in 2015. The requested funding will be used to support the second phase of their joint action plan for the period 2014-2016.
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.
Wednesday 2/25/2015 - 21:05 GMT
The new Tuareg tribal chief in Mali's Kidal region rejected the struggle for independence or autonomy in the northern desert in a statement to AFP on Wednesday, instead issuing a plea for unity.
The stance puts him on a collision course with Tuareg rebels who are demanding a separate homeland in the vast swathe of land they call "Azawad".
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
Two workshops on Reflection will be held on the 13th of February in Bamako, with the aim of relaunching political dialogue in Mali. The Government and Malian armed groups, accompanied by the international community, and social and civil experts will meet to tackle diverse topics.
These workshops also respond to the demands of members of the Security Council and with the goal to prepare an inclusive political dialogue with clear dates stipulated as soon as possible.
2/19/2015 - 22:47 GMT
The Malian government agreed a deal with six armed groups Thursday to cease hostilities as part of UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the crisis in the country's north.
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said the deal, which does not include Al-Qaeda-linked groups, aimed "to create a climate and state of mind on the ground that would help further negotiations leading to a global peace agreement."
Bamako, Mali | AFP | vendredi 20/02/2015 - 14:53 GMT
Le gouvernement malien s'est timidement réjoui vendredi du cessez-le-feu conclu à l'arrachée la veille, après de fortes pressions de la communauté internationale, avec les groupes armés sévissant dans le nord du pays.