West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (6 - 12 December 2016)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
FRESH VIOLENCE DISPLACES OVER 12,000
A recent upsurge in violence in and around the central Bria town has displaced more than 12,000 people and claimed over 100 lives. Calm has returned to the area although armed men are still present in certain parts of the town. Humanitarian access remains difficult. UN Humanitarian Coordinator Fabrizio Hochschild condemned the attacks on civilians and called for the respect of humanitarian law. Aid groups are striving to deliver assistance despite the recurrent violence and prevalent insecurity.
LEADERS SEEK TO EASE POST- POLL ROW
A joint high-level African Union, Economic Commission of West African States and UN delegation is expected in Banjul on 13 December for talks with President Yahya Jammeh following the Gambian president’s rejection of his loss in the 1 December election. President Jammeh’s about-face after initially conceding defeat has sparked fresh political and security concerns and drawn broad condemnation. Many Gambians are stocking up on food and withdrawing money and buying foreign currencies.
US$2.7 BILLION NEEDED FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
Humanitarian organizations in the Sahel are seeking US$2.7 billion to assist 15 million people in eight countries in 2017. More than 30 million people across the region are struggling with food insecurity, one in five children under the age of five suffers from acute malnutrition and 4.9 million people have fled from their homes. Of the total amount required in eight Sahel countries, more than 55 per cent, or $1.5 billion, will be needed to respond to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, which has left some 11 million in need of assistance.
OVER 30 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLAST
Two female suicide bombers on 9 December detonated explosives at a popular market in Madagali locality of Adamawa state, killing more than 30 people and injuring over 50 others. Madagali borders the Sambisa Forest - a hideout of Boko Haram fighters. The military recently launched a major operation in Sambisa Forest. While some displaced people have returned to Madagali, humanitarian access remains difficult.
IMPROVING AID DELIVERY IN NORTH-EAST
The delivery of humanitarian assistance in north-east Nigeria is expected to improve with the establishment of a humanitarian base camp and hubs. A base camp is to be set up in Borno’s capital Maiduguri to provide tented accommodation for 100 UN and NGO aid workers. The first eight of 12 hubs will be located in Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Banki, Biu, Monguno, Damboa and Gambara Ngala localities that have become accessible in recent months. The project is aimed at allowing humanitarian workers to quickly reach the millions of conflict-affected people with life-saving assistance.
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