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02 Oct 2018 description

NOUAKCHOTT, 1st October, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE Embassy in Nouakchott has distributed food assistance to people affected by drought in Mauritania, as part of the Year of Zayed initiative - 2018.

The assistance, funded by the Sharjah Charity House, Sharjah Charity International, included food items, such as rice, sugar, cooking oil which were distributed to hundreds of Mauritanian families and other eligible persons across rural areas.

Beneficiaries commended the gesture and extended thanks and appreciation to the UAE Embassy and other charitable organisations.

30 Jul 2018 description

Mauritania, Jul 30 2018 (IOM) - Since 2015 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been assisting victims of human trafficking in Mauritania. Sahel populations have always been very mobile, but in recent years a complex economic situation and the difficulty of finding jobs has pushed more and more people to seek jobs abroad. Unscrupulous traffickers seize on this desperation by promising men and women well-paid stable jobs away from home.

21 Jul 2018 description

NOUAKCHOTT, 21st July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign for Treating Women and Children has launched a pilot operation of its field hospital in Mauritania, under the guidance of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).

15 Jul 2018 description

NOUAKCHOTT, 15th July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign began its medical diagnostic, treatment and preventive missions in Mauritanian villages, treating hundreds of women and children, under the slogan, 'In the Footsteps of Zayed', which included supervision by volunteer doctors from the UAE and Mauritania.

The campaign aims to promote the culture of volunteering and humanitarian giving among the youth, in light of 2018 Year of Zayed as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

03 Jun 2018 description

ABU DHABI, 3rd June, 2018 (WAM) -- The value of relief and humanitarian programmes that were implemented due to the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, through the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, from 1993 to 2003, reached AED1.8 billion, which benefited 21 countries, while its developmental projects, valued at AED595.7 million benefitted Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

02 May 2018 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationOlayinka Ajala, Associate Lecturer and Conflict Analyst, University of York

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

19 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

An international alliance must create a plan for the fragile African states of the Sahel to prevent catastrophe in a region already buckling under the strain

By Tony Blair

Refugees fleeing conflict have already sent shockwaves ‎through the political systems of Europe. But unless we take urgent action now and help the countries of the Sahel, we will face the prospect of millions more refugees in the time to come.

25 Jul 2016 description
report The Guardian

A prisoner of climate change, Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion that have been exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit

By Alex Duval Smith

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound.

06 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

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.

21 May 2015 description
report The Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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01 Apr 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:14 GMT

DAKAR, March 31 (Reuters) - Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa's arid Sahel region and improving women's sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

11 Jul 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Adebayo Fayoyin Reprint

This is part of a series of special stories on world population and challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals on the occasion of World Population Day on July 11.

JOHANNESBURG, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) - An African proverb says “a child that we refuse to build today will end up selling the house that we may build tomorrow.”

The moral of this is clear. Unless we invest in our children and young people today, they might become a threat or a burden in the future.

26 May 2014 description

WAM ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2014 (WAM) -- The Higher Committee for Foreign Aid at the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), has approved over AED 57.9 million to implement various development projects and programmes in a number of Arab and Foreign countries.

The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

15 May 2014 description
  • Africa launches its first sovereign risk insurance pool

  • Fund targets drought-prone countries first

  • Climate change seen major risk to Africa

By Wendell Roelf

CAPE TOWN, May 15 (Reuters) - In the 1980s images of skeletal Ethiopian babies and their parents, dying from hunger during a devastating famine, helped galvanize global humanitarian and financial aid to drought-ravaged African countries.

Read the full report on AlertNet.

29 Mar 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Matthew Newsome

TUNIS, Mar 28 2014 (IPS) - Still not enough is being done to improve the food emergency in Africa’s Sahel Region as conflict and instability continue to exacerbate any response towards aiding a region where one in eight people suffer from food insecurity.

07 Mar 2014 description
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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.

26 Jul 2013 description
report The Guardian

Majority of Malians who fled war in the north fail to receive voters' cards, leaving them without a voice in Sunday's polls.

Read the full report on the Guardian.