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01 Sep 2017 description
report Interpeace

Who do you trust when you cannot trust anyone?

Scott M. Weber
Director-General

When a natural disaster strikes, such as a flood or an earthquake, it is heartening to see how ordinary people come to each other’s aid and collectively rebuild what they have lost. Those social bonds represent the best of humanity and the most essential values – solidarity, respect, dignity and selflessness – that we want to see underpin our societies.

01 Sep 2017 description

Heavy rains cause flooding and damages in western Sahel, Uganda, and Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall caused flooding in several states in Sudan last week.
    Although rainfall is expected to decrease throughout the region in early September, saturated ground conditions and elevated river levels sustain the risk for additional flooding.

31 Aug 2017 description

The three major agro-ecological zones are the Sahelian, the Sudanese and the Coastal zones where production and consumption can be easily classified. (1) In the Sahelian zone, millet is the principal cereal cultivated and consumed particularly in rural areas and increasingly, when accessible, in urban areas. Exceptions include Cape Verde where maize and rice are most important, Mauritania where sorghum and maize are staples, and Senegal with rice. The principal substitutes in the Sahel are sorghum, rice, and cassava flour (Gari), the latter two in times of shortage.

31 Aug 2017 description

Millet, rice, and sorghum constitute the basic staple foods for the majority of the Malian population. Millet has traditionally been the most widely consumed, but since 2005 rice has become a popular substitute in urban households. Sorghum is generally more important for rural than urban households. Markets included are indicative of local conditions within their respective regions. Ségou is one of the most important markets for both the country and region because it is located in a very large grain production area.

31 Aug 2017 description

Activities - Highlights

Voluntary Repatriation of Ivorian Refugees

  • Since 2015, a total of 26,772 Ivorian refugees have returned to their home country with support from UNHCR and its partners. The majority - 25,964 men, women and children - arrived from Liberia, while 812 returned from other countries such as Togo, Mali, Gambia and Senegal. In July 2017 alone, UNHCR facilitated 1,123 voluntary returns.

31 Aug 2017 description

POINTS SAILLANTS

  • Au mois de juillet 2017, 318 ménages de 1 123 individus sont retournés en Côte d’Ivoire par les trois points d’entrée à l’Ouest (Guiglo), au SudOuest (Tabou) et au Sud (Abidjan).

  • La dégradation des voies causée par les pluies diluviennes a légèrement impacté les activités du rapatriement volontaire en Côte d’Ivoire.

  • Avec 132 ménages composés de 576 personnes, Tabou a enregistré le plus grand nombre de rapatriés pour le mois de juillet.

ACTIVITÉS ET DEFIS LIÉS AU RETOUR

31 Aug 2017 description

Lancée le 18 août dernier, la 3ème édition du concours de contes organisée par la radio Naata de Gao et soutenue par le Bureau de l’Information Publique de la MINUSMA, se poursuit jusqu’au 21 septembre (Journée Internationale de la paix). 75 candidats de tous âges issus de la commune urbaine de Gao et des villages environnants vont s’affronter. Un tirage au sort a eu lieu au cours d’une cérémonie symbolique dans le vestibule de la station de radio pour la sélection des candidats.

30 Aug 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Total seasonal rainfall is above-average over most of the region (Figures 1 and 2) with the exception of few relatively small areas in the northern part of the Sahelian zone.

  • Rainfall deficits are minimal and are not expected to adversely affect crop development with the exception of the western part of the Senegal – Mauritania border area.

30 Aug 2017 description

Au Nord de la région de Ségou, au Mali, Sanihan vit dans le village de Baramadougou, avec treize autres membres de sa famille. Quelques semaines avant les récoltes et alors que leur réserve de nourriture est épuisée, elle explique :« Mon mari est au champ pour cultiver, et c’est à nous, les **femmes**, que revient la responsabilité de trouver de l’argent pour nourrir la famille à cette période.

30 Aug 2017 description

Highlights in July

• The latest information from IOM shows that the number of migrants and refugees transiting through the town of Séguédine in Northern Niger on their way to Libya has reduced significantly in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. In May 2016, IOM recorded 67,750 people transiting through Séguédine compared to 3,795 in May 2017. According to IOM many migrants are now transiting around Séguédine to avoid the increased security in the town.

30 Aug 2017 description
report European Commission

Working together, and in partnership with African governments, the EU can and is providing an effective response to the interlinked challenges of migration and the security and development of Africa.

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on Monday pledged together with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain to further support and deepen joint actions and partnerships to meet the challenges of migration and asylum.

30 Aug 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Progress Achieved to Protect Children in Past 20-Years Threaten by Ongoing Crisis - UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Annual Report to General Assembly

Attacks on Schools and Denial of Humanitarian Access Particularly Worrisome in 2016

30 Aug 2017 description
report ACTED

Fruit d’une pauvreté chronique et du manque de services de base dans le pays, la vulnérabilité nutritionnelle des populations du nord du Mali a été accentuée par les conflits qui ont marqué la région, contribuant à la dégradation progressive des moyens d’existence des populations et réduisant ainsi toujours plus leur capacité de résilience, soit leur capacité à faire face et à se remettre des chocs successifs et futurs.

29 Aug 2017 description
report United Nations

DSG/SM/1079-SC/12970-PKO/663

Following are Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s remarks as prepared for delivery at the Security Council open debate on United Nations peacekeeping operations, in New York today:

I thank the Security Council and the Egyptian Presidency for this timely reflection on the contribution of United Nations peacekeeping operations to global efforts to sustain peace.

29 Aug 2017 description
report ACTED

Populations in North Mali suffer from nutritional vulnerabilities resulting from chronical poverty and a limited access to basic services. These vulnerabilities have been further exacerbated by the conflicts affecting the region, thus contributing to the deterioration of their livelihoods and to the reduction of their resilience capacities.