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- UNICEF: Nearly 5 million children will need humanitarian assistance in central Sahel this year as violence surges. 28 Jan 2020
- OCHA: OCHA Mali Rapport de situation - Dernière mise à jour: 28 janv. 2020. 27 Jan 2020
- UN News: Au Mali, le retour de la stabilité au cœur de la visite du chef des opérations de paix de l’ONU. 28 Jan 2020
- MINUSMA: Le deploiement des Fama au cœur de la 13è reunion de la Commission technique de securite. 29 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Mali Aperçu des Besoins Humanitaires 2020 (Janvier 2020). 24 Jan 2020
While commentators in the West continue to speak of the ‘What ifs’ in terms of climate change, such detached contemplation is not possible for the herders and farmers of Africa’s arid regions. Over the past ten years, eastern Africa and the Sahel have set new highs for record temperatures with alarming regularity. While some meteorologists speculated that increasing temperatures would draw more rainfall to the region, thus far the result has been less predictable weather and sustained droughts. As a direct result, according to the United Nations, 80% of the Sahel’s farmland is degraded.
Communities in Sine Godar, a village in western Niger, suffer from a lack of access to clean water. Between September and December 2018, ACTED and UNICEF delivered emergency aid to Tillabéri, a village of 4,550 inhabitants on the border of Mali.
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.
Insecurity and political instability in Mali have led to the massive displacement of populations, with more than 130,000 Malians displaced in neighbouring countries even now (43,3% in Niger, 33,6% in Mauritania and 23,1% in Burkina Faso). Malian refugees are very present in Niger, particularly in the Tillabery region, where they have been settled in the three refugee camps of Tabareybarey, Abala and Mangaize.
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Food crisis, drought, chronic hunger, rising food prices: the Sahel region continues yet again to suffer from recurrent food and nutrition crises. After 2005 and 2010, the populations of the Sahel region have had to face yet another crisis in 2012, following a disastrous agricultural season in 2011.
FOCUS - South and South-East Asia
Improving stoves: improving household finances, preserving the environment and preventing conflicts.
FOCUS - MALI, a multi-faceted crisis
A day in Abala camp (Niger)
A food crisis looming over the most vulnerable families (Chad)
La crise alimentaire menace les familles vulnérables (Tchad)
Urgent action is still needed (Horn of Africa)
The rise of the cash based response (Somalia)
How farmers can double or triple their income (Uganda)
“All rain starts from just one drop” (Sudan)
Kitchen gardening as a source of income and food (CAR)
The first open-defecation free village (South Sudan)
FOCUS South Sudan: A new crisis country
The crisis currently affecting Mali has forced thousands of persons to flee the country. Many have found refuge in the Abala camp, in north western Niger. Most of them left from the Malian cities of Menaka and Anderboukane on foot or on the back of a donkey. They have now arrived in the camp, which is now host to some 5,900 people. ACTED has been helping to regroup families according to existing ties, and the new community is slowly settling in.
Priority given to basic needs
NIAMEY [ACTED News] - More than 33,000 refugees and returnees from Mali have arrived in the region of Tillabéri in northern Niger since January 26, according to Nigerien government data. In this context, ACTED, active in the concerned areas since 2010, immediately planned an assessment of the situation. ACTED teams then distributed tarp sheets, jerry-cans and blankets in the town of Abala, in partnership with UNICEF. This massive influx of families is putting the local population’s reception capacities to the test, as they are themselves affected by food insecurity.
NYALA [ACTED News] - In order to help resettle refugees from Mali on Niger’s north western border, ACTED has set up a hosting camp near the town of Abala, Filingue department, since 12 March. Refugees were registered as soon as 17 March, and 207 families, representing 1,647 people, have arrived in Sinegodar camp. These populations have already received shelter, water and hot meals, with support from the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
NIAMEY [ACTED News] - More than 33,000 refugees and returnees from Mali arrived in the region of Tillabéri in northern Niger since January 26, according to Nigerian government data. In this context, ACTED, active in concerned areas since 2010, immediately planned an assessment of the situation. ACTED teams then distributed tarp sheets, jerry-cans and blankets in the town of Abala, in partnership with UNICEF. This massive influx of families is putting the local population’s reception capacities to the test, as they are themselves affected by food insecurity.
NIAMEY [ACTED News] - The joint report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme, “Food security and humanitarian implications in Western Africa and in the Sahel”, published in December 2011, reports that the Sahelian Belt accounted for a 2.5 million metric ton cereal deficit. Import predictions should provide balance, but availability is unequal in the region, in a context that has seen dry cereal prices continuously increase since November.