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31 Dec 2004 description

Close monitoring of vulnerable areas is warranted for better targeting of envisioned interventions.


This year's annual meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network for the Sahel marked an important milestone. Twenty years ago, the network was first established to address the problems of managing the tragic food crisis plaguing the drought-stricken Sahelian region. The meeting, which was held from December 14-16 in Niamey, Niger, provided the opportunity to take stock of the work accomplished thus far and to outline future plans.

31 Dec 2004 description

The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

29 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

DAKAR, 29 December (IRIN) - Despite fears of a major new influx of refugees fleeing civil war in Sudan's Darfur region, only a trickle of people have entered the string of refugee camps located in the arid wastes of eastern Chad in recent weeks, aid officials told IRIN on Wednesday.

Because of continued fighting in Darfur between rebel troops and pro-government militia, UN officials had warned early this month that Chad 's refugee population of 200,000 could rise by as much as a third, with 100,000 new …

28 Dec 2004 description

Khartoum, Dec. 28 (SUNA)-Director of West Darfur State's Police Maj. Gen. Ahmed Imam Ettuhami has pointed out that over 5000 Sudanese refugees returned to the country from sisterly Chad in the recent period, attributing this return to stability of security conditions and the police efforts in providing security for the citizens. In a press statements, Maj. Gen.

28 Dec 2004 description

Les distributions des vivres dans les camps des réfugiés commencées début décembre se sont poursuivies à la deuxième quinzaine de ce mois. Un déficit en céréales et en huile a cependant réduit la ration qui est inférieure à la norme de 2100 kilocalories par jour.

En dehors de la situation des réfugiés et de celle de la population des zones d’accueil, la situation alimentaire dans le pays demeure relativement satisfaisante. Les populations des zones à risque alimentaire continuent à développer des stratégies pour subvenir à leur besoin alimentaire.

23 Dec 2004 description

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Russian Federation

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Tanzania, (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Liberia, (3) Mauritania, (4) Sahel region

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Namibia, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

23 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

DAKAR, 23 December (IRIN) - West Africa as a whole escaped lightly from this year's invasion of locusts, but governments and aid workers warn that large numbers of people will face drastic food shortages in isolated pockets of the Sahel over coming year as a result of heavy localised damage and poor rainfall.

The worst hit country is Mauritania. Government officials in Nouakchott say one third of the 2.8 million population may go hungry in 2005 following the devastation of the country's …

23 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

United Nations officials held an emergency meeting today in Khartoum to discuss to how to contain a polio epidemic in Sudan, where reports of 79 new cases have led to fears that the sometimes fatal disease could soon spread to other countries in the region.

Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) told the meeting of the UN's country team that if the outbreak is not stopped rapidly, then restrictions may have to be introduced on the movement of people in the infected countries.

WHO and UNICEF will also conduct a polio vaccination …

21 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ABUJA, 21 December (IRIN) - African Union mediators said on Tuesday that faltering peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebels in the country's western Darfur region had been suspended until January.

The move followed several days of stalemate in the latest round of peace negotiations in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

A statement issued by the mediators said the Sudanese government and rebels had agreed to halt all fighting before they returned to the negotiating table next month.

"The …

21 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 21 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is continuing efforts to prepare for any potential new movements of refugees from Sudan's Darfur region to neighbouring Chad.

20 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

Faced with a large-scale influx into Chad of refugees from the fighting in Sudan's Darfur region and the prospect of new waves fleeing across the border, the United Nations is calling for nearly $183 million to cater for a whole list of urgent needs in 2005, a 10 per cent increase over this year.

20 Dec 2004 description


This is the third and last issue for 2004 of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

20 Dec 2004 description

The deteriorating political and security situation in Sudan has resulted in a large-scale influx of refugees into Chad from Darfur. The refugee influx has impacted the demographic, environmental, political and security situation in Chad.

17 Dec 2004 description

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Azerbaijan, (3) Iran

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Ethiopia, (4) Kenya, (5) Republic of Congo, (6) Rwanda, (7) Sudan, (8) Tanzania, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea, (4) Liberia, (5) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) China, (3) DPR Korea, (4) Myanmar

16 Dec 2004 description
report World Bank

News Release No:2005/246/AFR

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2004 - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit* of US$60 million in support of emergency programs to reduce vulnerability to future infestations of desert locusts in seven countries of the Sahel Region of West Africa.

Countries benefiting from the credit are Burkina Faso (US$8.4 million), Chad (US9.1 million), Mali (US$10.1 million), Mauritania (US$10.1 million), Niger (US$9.9 million), Senegal (US$10.0 million), and The Gambia (US$1.9 …

15 Dec 2004 description




Karago camp in Kibondo district, western Tanzania is expected to close in February 2005. The head of UNHCR sub office in Kibondo, Mr Bayisa Wak-Woya of the local Tanzanian office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) said on 2 December 2004 that refugees who are staying at Karago camp will be transferred at Mtendeli Camp, also within the same district.

14 Dec 2004 description

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In response to the ongoing crisis in Africa, Australia will provide an additional $10 million to help relieve the suffering of people in Darfur, Sudan and in Eastern Chad. $7 million has been allocated for Darfur and $3 million for Eastern Chad. This brings Australia's total assistance to the Sudan/Chad crisis to $30 million.

The increased contribution reflects the deterioration of conditions in the Darfur region where up to 2.3 million people have been displaced and the level of insecurity is high.

12 Dec 2004 description

6 – 12 December 2004

1. Overview of the situation

Several immature swarms have arrived in the Central River, North Bank and Upper River divisions in Gambia in the past few days, and control operations have been launched. These swarms are left over from late summer breeding in the Sahel and are coming from eastern Senegal and western Mali. They are likely to be limited in number and the risk of additional incoming swarms should decline.

Groups of immature adults are present in northern Mali and in Tamesna in northwest Niger.