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31 Dec 2009 description
  • Off-season farming activities are increasingly widespread and, in certain cases, harvests are already underway, providing a diversified food supply and income for interested population groups. Thus, households in Sudanian areas are generally food secure while those in other parts of the area, particularly in the Eastern Sahel, are moderately food-insecure.

    - However, the food access of pastoral groups, whose livestock sales on major markets in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal have been slow due to weak household purchasing power, is beginning to cause concerns.

31 Dec 2009 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to the request contained in the letter dated 21 December 2007 from the President of the Security Council (S/2007/754), in which the Council called on me to report on the fulfilment of the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) every six months. The report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

31 Dec 2009 description


Le Mali est principalement un pays d'émigration, bien que l'immigration de transit, encore faiblement appréhendée à ce jour, constitue également un élément important du profil migratoire malien. Le taux net de migration (pour 1 000 personnes) était de -5,7 sur la période 1995-2000 et de -2,4 sur la période 2000-2005 (Division de la population des Nations Unies (DPNU), 2008). L'immigration joue un rôle secondaire puisque en 2007, 98,5 % de la population vivant au Mali était de nationalité malienne.

31 Dec 2009 description

Ce rapport concerne les Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ayant reçu des subventions du Fonds Central d'Intervention d'Urgence des Nations Unies.

22 Dec 2009 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 22 de diciembre de 2009.- El Equipo Directivo de Cáritas ha aprobado en las últimas semanas del año un paquete de ayudas para programas de emergencia y proyectos de cooperación en diversos países de Africa, Asia, América Latina y Europa del Este por un monto global cercano a 1.700.000 euros.

Apoyo a las emergencias en Darfur, Afganistán y Mauritania

Dentro del apartado de emergencias se han liberado sendas partidas de 200.000, 100.000 y 256.000 euros para hacer frente a las demandas de ayuda formuladas por las Cáritas locales en Darfur (Sudán), Afganistán y Mauritania.

22 Dec 2009 description

NOUAKCHOTT, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Mauritanian security forces have arrested a Malian suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an Italian couple near the Mali-Mauritania border, security sources said on Tuesday.

Abderrahmane Ben Meddou, who was arrested in Mauritania's eastern town of Kobenni on Monday, is suspected of having helped identify and follow the Italian couple in return for promises of thousands of dollars, Mauritania's news agency reported.

The kidnapping is the latest in a string of seizures of foreigners by armed groups in West Africa, some of whom have links …

21 Dec 2009 description


TCHAD - Le directeur de l'hebdomadaire La Voix, Innocent Ebodé, a été kidnappé dimanche par des individus non identifiés à son domicile à N'Djamena, confirment la presse et un avocat du journal. Innocent Ebodé, ressortissant camerounais, avait été expulsé du pays à la mi-octobre et autorisé à y revenir il y a deux semaines.

21 Dec 2009 description


Having regard to the Treaty on European Union and on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Articles 2, 4 and Article 15(2) thereof;


(1) The most vulnerable populations in the Sahel region of West Africa are exposed to an extraordinary high level of risk of crisis due to this year's erratic rains and continued high local food prices;

(2) GAM (Global Acute Malnutrition) rates in the region remain constantly above the alert …

19 Dec 2009 description

Dec 19 (Reuters) - An Italian couple were missing and their bullet-riddled car was found abandoned on Saturday in eastern Mauritania, near the border with Mali.

The vehicle was found in an area where armed groups with links to al Qaeda are known to operate, and a local journalist said they had probably been kidnapped.

Here are details about foreigners held throughout Africa:


November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov.

18 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

By Xiao Linjun

NAIROBI, Dec 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African wisdom sheds light on efforts to resolve political crises in 2009, with a series of achievements made to ensure the continent of peace and prosperity in the coming years.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is in the limelight of 2009 for defusing flare-ups, which until months ago posed a real danger not only to the war-torn central African country, but the entire Great Lakes region.

The key to the success is an African plan worked out by regional leaders, under which DR Congo and neighboring Rwanda, …

17 Dec 2009 description

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Mali believes three Spanish aid workers who went missing in Mauritania last month are being held on its territory by al Qaeda's wing in North Africa, a source close to efforts to free them said.

Here are details about foreigners held throughout Africa:


November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov. 9 near the border with Sudan, while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Chad. The ICRC suspended its activities in the region on Nov.

16 Dec 2009 description

Appeal Target: US$ 241,464

Geneva, 16 December 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Heavy rains have caused loss of human life, destruction of social and economic infrastructures, homes, and displacement of people in temporary camps in Trarza and Brakna, two regions in south-west Mauritania. Through the previous ACT Appeal, MRT091, Lutheran World Federation - Department of World Service (LWF-DWS) has provided support to people living in camps near Rosso, the capital of Trarza Region.

16 Dec 2009 description


MAURITANIE - Le pays a été réadmis au sein de l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (Oim), dont il était suspendu depuis le coup d'état d'août 2008. En prenant sa décision, le Conseil permanent de l'Oim a tenu compte de la présidentielle de juillet dernier, remportées par le général putschiste Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz et qui ont permis de rétablir la légalité constitutionnelle dans le pays.

08 Dec 2009 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
6233rd Meeting* (AM & PM)

Illicit Trade Enriching Terrorists, Anti-Government Forces, Chief of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Warns in Briefing

Concerned about the serious threat posed by drug trafficking to global security, particularly in Africa, the Security Council today called on the international community to strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations and regional organizations in fighting the scourge.

04 Dec 2009 description


The Desert Locust situation continued developing in western Mauritania in early to mid-November. The national locust control center (CNLA) treated close to 9,560 during this month (close to 13,770 ha since 11 September, 2009). CNLA staff and three survey specialists - two from Morocco and one from Libya continued operations in Mauritania in November.

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 décembre 2009): Les acteurs humanitaires de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ont lancé aujourd'hui un appel de fonds de plus de 160 milliards de FCFA (368 millions US$) pour répondre aux besoins de millions de personnes démunies dans la région au cours de l'année 2010.

Cet appel permettrait de sauver des vies à travers les 15 pays membres de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et la Mauritanie en finançant des opérations dans des secteurs vitaux tels …

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 December 2009): West Africa's humanitarian actors launched today an appeal for US$368 million (160 billion CFA) in order to respond to the humanitarian needs of millions of vulnerable people in 2010.

This appeal would contribute in saving lives throughout the 15 countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States and Mauritania by financing projects in life-saving sectors such food security and nutrition, health, water and hygiene, and protection.

Comprised of …

02 Dec 2009 description
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General Situation during November 2009
Forecast until mid-January 2010

02 Dec 2009 description

Nouakchott/Madrid_(dpa) _ Three Spanish aid workers abducted Sunday night had been moved to Mali, a high-ranking Mauritanian official said Wednesday, adding a further twist to contradictory reports on the fate of the hostages.

The abductors were criminals cooperating with the North African branch of al-Qaeda, the official told the German Press Agency dpa on condition of anonymity.

Gangs trafficking in drugs and migrants had moved into abductions as a source of income, the official explained. The Mauritanian and Western Saharan coast is a popular transit route for African migrants …