Germany - As the number of migrant deaths worldwide continues to rise significantly, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has recorded 23 per cent more migrant deaths during the first half of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.
The latest IOM GMDAC Data Briefing, “Dangerous Journeys,” released on Tuesday 23 August, was prepared by the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin. It takes an in-depth look at the available global figures for migrant deaths and disappearances during the first half of 2016.
DAKAR/ABUJA – The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million, nearly twice as many as in March, according to a mid-August analysis (Cadre Harmonisé) by various agencies including the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
94.9 M required for 2016
23.1 M contributions received, representing 24% of requirements
71.8 M funding gap for the Nigeria Situation
Interview with Michel Zaffran, Director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
What are the implications of finding polio in Nigeria 2 years after the last case?
The implications are that we were right to be cautious about this part of the country, and to be vigilant even after apparent interruption of polio. The two children paralyzed in Nigeria are a sobering reminder that we cannot be complacent as we near the eradication of polio.
On 21 August, at least three persons died and 24 were injured in a suicide attack in a market in Mora, a village in the Far North region of Cameroon, close to the Nigerian border. The Far North region is frequently hit by suicide attacks by suspected members of Boko Haram. At the end of June, a suicide bomber killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a mosque.
Boko Haram violence is still causing massive displacements of population in Cameroon. Currently, there are 158 000 IDPs. In addition, 57 150 Nigerian refugees are registered in Cameroon.
KEY DRIVERS OF THE CRISIS
Recurring natural disasters such as droughts and floods combined with the volatility of markets, pushed many households and communities into chronic vulnerability.
Conflict in northern Nigeria and CAR has displaced refugees to Cameroon, and caused internal displacements. In addition, increasing insecurity in the far North of Cameroon and along the border of CAR hampers humanitarian access.
Poor coverage of sanitation and access to clean water remain the main causes of malnutrition and water-borne diseases.
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Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Sunday 8/21/2016 - 10:39 GMT
Three civilians were killed and around 20 others wounded on Sunday in a suicide attack in northern Cameroon, officials and a vigilante group said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a security official told AFP the attack took place in Mora, a town in Cameroon's far north near the Nigerian border -- an area which has suffered repeatedly from attacks by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists.
"A man riding a motorbike blew himself up on a bridge near the market in Mora," he said.
On 12 July, Anne Richard, Assistant US Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), and UNHCR’s Representative, visited Minawao refugee camp to assess the situation of Nigerian refugees. During her visit, she met with refugee leaders who shared their concerns and the challenges faced by the refugee population in this camp.
In 2015, open sources reported 207 aid workers as assaulted or injured in 95 severe incidents.
- During the first six months of 2016, 43 severe incidents reported 97 aid workers as assaulted or injured.
- 2 aid workers raped in South Sudan and Tanzania.
- 1 aid worker sexually assaulted in Zambia.
816 aid workers reported killed, kidnapped, injured or assaulted between January 2015 and June 2016
In 2015, open sources reported 515 aid workers killed (179), kidnapped (129) and assaulted or injured (207) in 234 severe incidents. During the first six months of 2016, open sources reported 301 aid workers killed (129), kidnapped (75) and assaulted or injured (97) in 122 severe incidents.
The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.
Gains against Boko Haram expose catastrophic levels of suffering for hundreds of thousands of people, many beyond humanitarian reach for months or years.
19 August 2016
GENEVA – Gains made by a military campaign against Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria have in recent weeks exposed catastrophic levels of suffering among the population of the area, many of whom have been out of reach of humanitarian help for months or years, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned today.
By: Aicha Chir Nou
World Humanitarian Day, on August 19, celebrates the spirit of sharing our common humanity.
In Daresalam refugee camp in the Lake region of Chad, Jonathan dreams of his previous life, and recalls how he was abruptly forced to leave it behind.
Voices of refugees and internally displaced people from Niger and Nigeria
Since 2009, millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin have been affected by a conflict originating in Nigeria. Over 2.6 million people have been displaced by the violent acts of a group popularly known as Boko Haram, and the military operation that has followed. Far from abating, the conflict has intensified and spilled over into neighbouring countries.
Aid workers carry out life-saving often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Over the past 16 years, 427 aid workers were killed, wounded or kidnapped in West and Central Africa. The number of victims follows a worrying upward trend with spikes in attacks recorded in recent years. Countries with the highest number of victims are the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The majority of victims were national staff, who account for the bulk of humanitarian workers and are often the most exposed to risks