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06 May 2016 description
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Katarina Hoije

May 05, 2016 11:57 AM

BAMAKO—

Another door may be closing for Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, this time in Africa.Mauritania was one of the last countries allowing free entry to Syrians. But in February, it too began demanding visas as officials in North Africa and the Sahel try to stem the flow of migrants and refugees traveling across the Sahara in hopes of reaching Europe.

07 Mar 2014 description
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Peter Clottey March 06, 2014

An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.

23 Oct 2013 description
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Lisa Schlein

October 22, 2013

GENEVA — The United Nations says it is working on an integrated strategy to deal with the recurring crises in Africa's Sahel region. The U.N. says new approaches are needed to make vulnerable people in the nine Sahelian countries able to cope with the humanitarian emergencies that keep them in poverty and dependent on the international community for aid.

13 Jun 2013 description
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DAKAR, SENEGAL — As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath.

Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year.

27 Feb 2013 description
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Lisa Schlein

February 26, 2013

GENEVA — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing for $45 million to meet the emergency needs of women and children affected by the Malian crisis for the next three months. UNICEF says it has received little money so far to help a quarter-million people displaced inside Mali, as well as an estimated 170,000 refugees who have fled to neighboring Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

18 Feb 2013 description
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Nancy Palus February 18, 2013

As soldiers in Mali continue working to root out armed militants, aid organizations are navigating rivers and mined roads to bring relief to communities affected by the fighting. Some 36,000 people have fled their homes since fighting began in January, but families who stayed also need help.

Aid agencies say families in northern Mali are running dangerously low on food.

16 Jul 2012 description
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Ricci Shryock

The White House announced Thursday it is releasing up to $10 million to go toward emergency relief for displaced refugees in, and migrants from Mali.

According to Remi Dourlot, a spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the money is needed to help relieve some of the suffering of more than 230,000 people who have fled violence in Mali, as well as the more than 155,000 internally displaced (IDP) who fled fighting in the north, but who remain in the country.

07 Jun 2012 description
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The fight against hunger in the Sahel region continues as the World Food Program, WFP, and its partners are vigorously responding with humanitarian assistance to reach more than nine million people.

Consecutive droughts over the past three years have been ravaging the region, giving people no time to recover or grow food.

27 Oct 2011 description
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Amanda Fortier | Wendou Bosseabe, Senegal

In northern Senegal, an innovative farming project is helping Mauritanian refugees grow more food and better integrate into Senegalese society.

It is late in the afternoon and the scorching midday sun is just starting to let up. Mariema Niang walks through her vegetable garden in Wendou Bosseabe, a Mauritanian refugee camp near the Senegal River basin, some 500 kilometers northeast of Dakar.

Sahelian Valley

22 Jul 2010 description
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The International Federation of the Red Cross is preparing for what it says will be heavy rains in the region this year, particularly in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania.

25 Sep 2009 description
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By Scott Stearns

Dakar, 25 September 2009 - Flooding in Mauritania may delay the start of the school year as people displaced by heavy rains are living in classrooms.

13 Aug 2008 description
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Mauritania's military leaders have been talking with political parties to form a new government, after overthrowing the country's first democratically elected president.

Coup leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been meeting various parties since Tuesday. Officials said Wednesday that some of the parties have rejected invitations to participate in a new government.

Mauritania's military leaders passed a law this week giving themselves presidential powers until elections are held.

The international community has condemned the coup.

31 Jul 2008 description
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By Lisa Schlein

Geneva, 31 July 2008 - A senior U.N. official says heavy trafficking of narcotics through West Africa into Europe is threatening the lives, livelihoods and stability of the region. The official says the problem of drug trafficking is competing with humanitarian and developmental issues in west African countries suffering from heavy flooding. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.

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03 Oct 2007 description
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By Howard Lesser

Some of the most widespread flooding in years has swept across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Togo in the west to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan in the east. In the last 24 hours, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has added Burkina Faso to its emergency rolls after 33 deaths were reported and more than 75-hundred homes destroyed in torrential rains. In addition, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is appealing for three-point eight million dollars to feed 470-thousand victims in Mauritania, where saturated supplies are putting thousands at risk.

04 Sep 2007 description
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By Joe De Capua

Washington - 04 September 2007 -- Humanitarian officials say severe flooding in West Africa has left thousands of people homeless, damaged roads and destroyed crops.

The hardest hit areas are in include Mauritania, Togo, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Liberia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast and Senegal. More than 80 people are reported dead.

Hans Ebbing is the regional health coordinator for West Africa for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

07 Feb 2006 description
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By Nico Colombant

13 Sep 2005 description
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By Gabi Menezes

Abidjan, 13 September 2005 - Mauritanian opposition leaders have returned to their country since former President Maaouiya Ould SidAhmed Taya was deposed in a coup. Many of the political exiles who have returned were sentenced to years in prison by the Ould Taya regime.

Around 30 Mauritanian political exiles were welcomed by crowds on Monday night at Nouakchott airport.

One of the important figures to return was Major Mohamed Ould Cheikhna, who is the leader of a group called the Knights of Change. Mr.

27 Aug 2005 description
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Mauritania's military government is asking the United Nations to help organize elections in that West African nation.

08 Aug 2005 description
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By Mary Motta

Mauritanians appear hopeful for their future, after the leader of last week's coup named a new prime minister who is seen as having broad support and respect, and who has previously served as head of government.

Junta leader Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall announced his selection for prime minister Sunday. The man selected, Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, returned to Mauritania on Saturday from France, where he has served as ambassador since last year, to take up the post.

06 Sep 2004 description
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Sabina Castelfranco
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