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
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a total of US$5 million in new financing for The Gambia to strengthen primary health care services and improve community nutrition for the country’s most vulnerable children and women. The project is expected to reach approximately 477,000 direct beneficiaries (children under five and women aged 15-49 years) by 2019.
Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 22:52 GMT
by Bukar HUSSAIN with Aminu ABUBAKAR in Kano
Hundreds of people have been found dead in the northeast Nigerian town of Damasak, apparently victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, as details emerged on Monday of fresh attacks by the militants.
Reports of decomposing bodies littering the streets of Damasak came as president Muhammadu Buhari denounced the Islamists as a bogus religious group and vowed a hard line against them when he comes to power at the end of next month.
Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 21:33 GMT
Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Monday denounced Boko Haram's claim to be a religious group, slamming its attacks on civilians and vowing a hard line against the Islamist militants.
"The fraud called Boko Haram can be defeated by denying it a recruitment base. No religion allows for the killing of children in school dormitories, in markets and places of worship," he said.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 17:24 GMT
by Aminu ABUBAKAR
Boko Haram gunmen killed dozens of soldiers and massacred civilians in a weekend attack on an island on Lake Chad, after 21 people were shot dead in northeastern Nigeria.
The region has been relentlessly targeted by Boko Haram throughout the jihadist group's six-year uprising, but there has been a lull in violence in recent weeks.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 4/27/2015 - 12:05 GMT
Boko Haram gunmen massacred residents who tried to jump into Lake Chad seeking safety and burnt others alive after overpowering soldiers in a weekend attack in the restive region, a witness said Monday.
The military and a local official in Niger had previously confirmed the April 25 raid by the Islamists on Lake Chad's Karamga island.
An official in the town of Diffa said the Nigerien army suffered "very heavy" casualties, but precise figures were not immediately available.
UNHCR staff and partners completed a two‐day training program on the protection of IDPs. Presiding at the closing ceremony, the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Angele Dikongue‐Atangana, called on participants to take the principles learned through the workshop to continue to improve and scale up the implementation of the protection response in Nigeria.
Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 00:44 GMT
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee Marte, a border town along the shores of the Lake Chad, a local official and witnesses said Friday.
"The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from various directions on Thursday and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte," said Imamu Habeeb, a local community leader.
24 avril 2015 – Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, s'est dit vendredi très préoccupé par une série d'attaques à l'encontre de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) et de ses fournisseurs, qui ont tué cinq civils et blessé 13 civils et 16 Casques bleus depuis la semaine dernière.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by a series of attacks directed against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and MINUSMA contractors that have killed five civilians and injured 13 civilians and 16 United Nations peacekeepers since last week.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Nations unies, Etats-Unis | AFP | vendredi 24/04/2015 - 17:27 GMT
Le secrétaire général de l'ONU Ban Ki-moon s'est déclaré vendredi "très préoccupé" par les récentes attaques contre la Mission de l'ONU au Mali (Minusma) et a souligné "l'urgence d'un règlement politique" entre Bamako et les rebelles du Nord.
SRP REQUIREMENTS US$ 1,986 million
SRP FUNDING US$ 327 million
SRP UNMET REQUIREMENTS US$ 1,659 million
FUNDING OUTSIDE SRP US$ 134 million
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 2.5m to enable the IFRC to support the Senegal Red Cross Society (SRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 72,000 people consisting of immediate or short-term assistance to some 40,000 people (5,000 households plus 1,760 children and pregnant / lactating women) and mid to longer-term support to some 32,000 people (4,000 households) over a total timeframe of 12 months, with a focus on food security, nutrition promotion, building resilience, and National Society capacity building and Disaster Risk Reduction in the four departments of …
REVISED REQUIREMENT: 376 millions
FUNDING (1): 78 millions
UNMET REQUIREMENT: 298 millions
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$23.2 credit and US$11.6 grant for women and adolescent girls’ empowerment to expand their access to reproductive, child, and maternal health services in Burkina Faso. It will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$500 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to significantly improve maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children.
Au début du conflit, les attaques de la secte Boko Haram semblaient être dirigées uniquement vers les chrétiens (multiples attaques contre les églises). Ce qui explique le pourcentage élevé de la population de confession chrétienne parmi la population totale du camp (69% dont 54% de protestants et 15% de catholiques). Plus tard, les attaques ont été menées à la fois contre les chrétiens et les musulmans, poussant ces derniers à l’exil (30% de la population totale du camp est de confession musulmane).
Author: Soumaila T. Diarra
BAMAKO, Mali, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lack of rain in the middle of last season caused Seydou Diarassouba's sorghum crop to fail.
Now the emaciated 43-year old farmer must wait for the next rains, due in late June, to start growing a new crop in his impoverished village of Dialakoroba in southern Mali.
OUAGADOUGOU - A ceremony to mark a contribution of dates donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was held at the Saudi Embassy here on 16 March.
In attendance were Ben Yahya Ibrahim Khoudair, Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Finance, Dr. Dahir Mootish Alenaze, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Burkina Faso and Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Country Director in Burkina Faso.