AID OPERATIONS SUSPENDED AFTER SERIES OF ATTACKS
A suicide attack on 21 June that killed 11 people and injured nine others in Kolofata area in Cameroon’s Far North region has prompted some NGOs and UN agencies to suspend operations in the area. The attack was the 10th of its kind in Mayo Sava department this month. Suicide blasts and improvised explosive devices planted on the roadside are some of the main causes of insecurity in the region.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5m people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.9m targeted for humanitarian assistance. Now in its eighth year, the crisis shows no sign of abating and is adding to the long history of marginalization and chronic under-development as well as high rates of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment.
Persistent instability in northern Mali, Boko Haram-related violence and insecurity in north-east Nigeria, and the impact of the conflict in the neighbouring Central African Republic continue to cause massive population displacements and hinder the return of displaced people to their homes. More than five million people across the Sahel region are facing the consequences of forced displacement.
TENUE DU PREMIER FORUM HUMANITAIRE-DÉVELOPPEMENT
FIRST HUMANITARIAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM HELD
UN agencies, NGOs, donors and local authorities on 6 June held the first humanitarian-development forum in an initial step to develop a joint approach to address the chronic vulnerabilities in Chad. The New Way of Working, a key outcome of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, and priorities for Chad’s crisis-affected regions were discussed. Participants agreed to better link humanitarian and development programmes and strengthen analysis of development challenges.
With more than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen facing or at risk of famine, US$240 million in coordinated allocations from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) were critical to the scale up of humanitarian action in those countries in the first half of 2017.
Around 17 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries. More than 2.4 million people remain displaced. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition have reached critical levels.
Violence induced by the Boko Haram insurgency now in its eight year and military counter-insurgency operations has forced more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes in the six northeastern states, and particularly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (where 92 per cent of the displaced are from). More than half of these displaced are children.
Over 10 million people across the Lake Chad Basin are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.1 Since 2014, CERF has provided nearly $147 million for life-saving humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict and deepening food crisis. With the support of CERF’s rapid response and underfunded emergency funds, humanitarian partners have been providing life-saving assistance and protection for the most vulnerable people – internally displaced, returnees, refugees and host population - affected by Boko Haram and military operations.