West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (27 June - 3 July 2017)
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
15 ATTACKS ON HUMANITARIANS REPORTED IN ONE MONTH
Between the end of May and 1 July, 15 cases of attacks on humanitarian bases and convoys were reported in Kaga-Bandoro, Nana Gribizi Prefecture. The last case occurred on 1 July when the UNHCR guest house and the INTERSOS NGO base were looted by gunmen. After a meeting between humanitarian agencies and local authorities on 28 June, community leaders and local authorities committed to supporting humanitarian actors in raising public awareness of their involvement in the protection of humanitarian assets in the area.
FLOODS RESPONSE UNDERWAY
On 26 June, the Minister of Solidarity launched an assistance programme for families and individuals affected by the floods. A compensation package amounting to 447 million FCFA to assist the families, the injured and the people who have lost their homes was announced. The affected areas are Abidjan, Divo and San Pedro. Assessments are underway by the national Red Cross along with the National Office for Civil Protection. Since the beginning of the rainy season in late May, 20 people have lost their lives, of which 15 in Abidjan alone, as a result of landslides destroying homes.
51 MIGRANTS LIKELY DEAD IN SAHARA DESERT
On 29 June, IOM reported that at least 51 migrants disappeared and likely died last week in the Sahara Desert after having been reportedly abandoned by their smugglers. Since April, 600 migrants have been saved through IOM rescue operations, including 24 West African migrants that were intercepted and rescued by a Niger army patrol on 25 June.
END OF EBOLA OUTBREAK
On 1 July, DRC’s Health Minister announced the end of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, with the situation in Likati Health Zone, in northeastern Bas Uele Province, stable.
Cumulatively, since the start of the outbreak on 11 May, there have been five confirmed and three probable cases, and four deaths. The Ministry of Health, with the support of WHO and partners, have developed a 90 day post-Ebola plan, which includes enhanced surveillance activities, maintenance of laboratory capacity in the field, and enhancement of infection, prevention and control measures.
900 NIGERIAN REFUGEES FORCED TO RETURN
On 27 June, almost 900 Nigerian refugees, most of them children, were repatriated in 6 trucks provided by the Nigerian military and Cameroonian police from the Kolofata border site, in the Far north region of Cameroon, to the town of Banki in Nigeria. This return occurred despite continuous efforts by the humanitarian community to protect unregistered Nigerians seeking asylum in Kolofata and to provide life-saving assistance to both displaced persons and the host community in the area. The UN High Commissionner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has expressed his concern over the return of these refugees into a situation unprepared to receive them.
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