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31 Dec 2011 description

The “IOM MENA 10-month report” looks into IOM’s engagement in assisting migrants and displaced population since the start of the Libyan crisis to the end of 2011. Firstly, it provides an insight into Libya, reporting on the activities, operations and challenges faced in gaining access to the besieged locations and reach to the stranded migrants. Secondly, it analyses IOM’s response and activities in four of the Libya`s neighbouring countries, namely Tunisia, Egypt, Chad and Niger.

31 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Eastern Chad (30 Dec .) - Four women from Darfur were raped in Gaga refugee camp in Eastern Chad on Sunday, a source has told Radio Dabanga.

The women ventured out of the camp to fetch firewood in the early afternoon when they were attacked by four armed gunmen. A fifth woman suffered a beating but managed to escape.

The police said they that were unable to trace the perpetrators, leading to panic amongst the residents.

The refugees ask for international bodies to protect them, or move them to more secure camps, said the source.

30 Dec 2011 description

Food Insecurity in the Sahel: Localized IPC Phase 3-Crisis likely after March 2012

  • FEWS NET analysis shows that acute food insecurity in West Africa will reach IPC Phase 3: Crisis level between March and August 2012 in agropastoral areas of Mauritania, Mali,
    Niger, and Chad. The extent and severity of the expected food security conditions are not atypical for any recent year in the region, except for Mali.

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, États-Unis, 27 décembre 2011 - Alors même que le combat contre la faim continue dans la Corne de l'Afrique durement frappée par la sécheresse, une autre crise s'installe dans huit pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest.

VIDÉO (en anglais) : le reportage de la correspondante de l'UNICEF, Priyanka Pruthi sur la crise grandissante dans la région du Sahel en Afrique, où plus d'un million d'enfants sont menacés par une malnutrition sévère.

28 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2011 – Even as the battle against hunger continues in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, another crisis has begun to unfold in eight countries across West Africa.

VIDEO: UNICEF correspondent Priyanka Pruthi reports on the growing crisis in Africa's Sahel region, where more than a million children are at risk of becoming severely malnourished.

23 Dec 2011 description

L’insécurité alimentaire au Sahel: IPC Phase 3-Crise vraisemblable localement après mars 2012

  • L’analyse de FEWS NET démontre que l’insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l’ouest atteindra IPC Phase 3 : Crise entre mars et août 2012 environ. La sévérité et l’ampleur de cette Crise est typique dans la région, sauf au Mali.

23 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 23 December 2011 (IRIN) - While severely high food prices and lower-than-average cereal outputs are already forcing some vulnerable Sahelians into distress responses, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) food security website FEWSNET says messaging on the situation needs to be more nuanced.

It says the links between cereal production and malnutrition have been exaggerated, the complexities of regional market conditions inadequately conveyed, and the need for long-term structural solutions under-emphasized.

22 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 22 December 2011 – “An estimated one million young children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa are in danger of becoming severely malnourished in 2012 if the global community does not take action.

“Eight countries across the Sahelian belt are part of this crisis for children. Inadequate rain and poor harvests mean that the ‘lean season’ – when food from the last harvest runs out – could begin in some countries as early as March, rather than as usual in June.

22 Dec 2011 description
Niger + 3 others
West Africa
report Tearfund

The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a looming hunger crisis in 2012 with the UN and governments estimating that more than 12 million people in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are at risk of food insecurity.

There is a chronic food and nutrition emergency in the region and an on-going livelihoods crisis, which is only worsened by this year’s poor and erratic rains, locust infestations and high food prices.

21 Dec 2011 description
report UN Security Council

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Security Council
6696th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council, concerned at the security vacuum in many parts of the Central African Republic and of reports of continued human rights violations there, today extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacebuilding Office in that country (BINUCA) until 31 January 2013.

19 Dec 2011 description


Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series

The 2009–2010 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series worked to address many critical and neglected maternal health topics. During this period, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative (GHI) co-convened 10 public meetings and 2 private workshops with the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to identify challenges and discuss strategies for advancing the maternal health agenda.

19 Dec 2011 description

CHF 231’613 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 25,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

19 Dec 2011 description
report CARE

A food and nutritional crisis is unfolding in the Sahel belt of North Africa, affecting millions of people in Niger and Chad. Malnutrition rates are approaching emergency thresholds and the situation continues to deteriorate. This will become more critical in the early part of next year, especially during the ‘lean’ months of March and April.

19 Dec 2011 description
report DARA

An HRI team visited the crisis and found that the priority in Chad should now be to cover all humanitarian needs and take the appropriate steps to assure the transition to development.

The team interviewed humanitarian organizations and donor agencies, and collected 145 questionnaires on donor performance (including 83 OECD/DAC donors).

17 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2011 – A United Nations mission to assess the impact of the recent turmoil in Libya on the Sahel region is heading to Mauritania for talks with top officials in the West African nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson announced today.

The mission, dispatched by Mr. Ban, has already visited Mali, Niger and Chad, to discuss issues ranging from migration and humanitarian assistance to counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism.

16 Dec 2011 description
report United Nations


Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s remarks at the fourth Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in Kampala on 15 December:

It is a great pleasure to be with you for this important gathering. I bring you warm greetings from Secretary-General Ban. It is an honour to represent him here.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

15 décembre 2011 – La Vice Secrétaire générale de l'ONU, Asha-Rose Migiro, a souligné jeudi que les efforts pour restaurer la paix et la stabilité dans la région des Grands Lacs en Afrique ne porteront leurs fruits que si le fléau de la violence sexuelle est complètement éradiqué et si les systèmes judiciaires sont renforcés pour mettre fin à l'impunité.

15 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 15 décembre 2011 (IRIN) - Selon les organisations d'aide humanitaire, les bailleurs de fonds doivent agir maintenant pour prévenir une sécheresse et une crise de la sécurité alimentaire qui, pour plus de 11 millions de personnes, pourrait se traduire par une aggravation de l'insécurité alimentaire, la pauvreté ou la malnutrition.

15 Dec 2011 description
report The Guardian

Calls for 'unprecedented effort' from world governments to stave off threat posed by food shortages and rising prices

Celeste Hicks guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 December 2011 11.02 EST

It's not too late to act to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel region, but it will take an "unprecedented effort" from the international community to do so, according to a group of aid agencies operating in west Africa.