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10 Jul 2012 description
report CARE

By Rodrigo Ordóñez

“If we have nothing to eat, after a while we will die.” The words of Hasta Abdelkarim, 46, are remarkably strong. A visitor asks her if she is afraid of dying. “Yes. After that, it’s over – there is nothing,” she sentences.

The food crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa is affecting more than 18 million people. Hasta is one of the 3.6 million people in Chad who are finding it increasingly difficult to eat this year due to chronic poverty, erratic rains, high food prices, and regional conflict.

10 Jul 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mohamed Abderrahmane

NOUAKCHOTT, Jul 10 2012 (IPS) - The sun is beating down on Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, and Habi Amadou Tidjane Diop is a tired and frustrated woman. Seated on an empty upturned bucket, the mother of nine is waiting in a long queue to buy food.

“I got here early because it’s Thursday and I need to buy groceries for both today and Friday – four kilogrammes of rice, two kilos of sugar, four kg of pasta and two litres of oil,” Diop told IPS.

10 Jul 2012 description
report The Washington Post

By Sudarsan Raghavan, Tuesday, July 10, 1:53 AM

Maradi, Niger — Balki Souley lost her son during childbirth the other day. Her body was so frail, so weakened by a lack of food that she, too, nearly died. “When I return to my village, I will try to have another child,” she said shyly as she lay on the floor of a crowded maternity ward.

Married at 12, Balki is now 14 years old.

10 Jul 2012 description
report ACTED

There are currently 3.6 million people suffering from a severe food and nutrition crisis in the Sahelian band. In the badly affected Batha region in Chad, some 35,000 people have been identified as food insecure, and have therefore received financial and food support to uphold their nutritional status until the next harvest.

10 Jul 2012 description

The political unrest and widespread insecurity have made the northern regions of Mali inaccessible to major UN humanitarian organizations. However, WFP has been exploring all possible ways and transportation channels, partnering with various NGOs, to try to deliver food to vulnerable populations.

MOPTI - Working with its partners, WFP has delivered food and nutritional commodities to more than 50,000 conflict-affected people in Mali’s northern cities of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal. Deliveries to these northern areas are ongoing through NGO partners.

10 Jul 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Inez Lezama and Anthea Moore

KIFFA/BOUGHADOOUM, Mauritania, 9 July 2012 – At 8 a.m., 22-year-old Tahya Mint Bowbe, her 11-month-old son Cheikh and her 3-year-old sister Aminte Mint Bowbe waited in a queue of children and women at the health centre in Kiffa. They were there to participate in a malnutrition screening for children under age 5 and a blanket feeding program providing food supplements to all children aged 6 to 24 months.

10 Jul 2012 description
report Save the Children

by Hedinn Halldorsson

“Being hungry is an illness in itself.”

We’re sitting in the courtyard of the Torodo family, close to Tangpooré in Kaya health district, and these are the words of Passiba Todoro. His family has lived on this land for generations.

I’ve just asked him if the children are falling sick from not having enough to eat. The white in Passiba’s beard gives him an air of grace. He’s lived through a crisis or two, and when he speaks, all those in the courtyard listen.

09 Jul 2012 description

Food security conditions beginning to stabilize in certain areas

Key messages

Approximately 2.4 million people, mostly in central agropastoral areas (Guera, Kanem, Bahr-el-Ghazal, Batha, and Sila), were in Phase 2 (stressed) of version 2.0 of the IPC food insecurity phase scale in May of this year, with the northern reaches of Mangalmé in crisis (Phase 3 of IPC 2.0).

09 Jul 2012 description

CAMP de DAMBA, Burkina Faso, 9 juillet (HCR) – La célèbre cantatrice soprano Barbara Hendricks s'est rendue dans un camp au nord du Burkina Faso pour faire connaître le sort de dizaines de milliers de réfugiés maliens dans la région du Sahel en Afrique et pour aider à collecter des fonds pour les opérations d'aide humanitaire du HCR dans cette région.

09 Jul 2012 description

Arusha, July 9, 2012 (FH) – Six Western African leaders have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes in northern Mali.

The Heads of State from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso reportedly held a mini-Summit in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss, among others, the political crisis in Mali.

Over the past week, armed Islamist fighters have descended on cemeteries holding the remains of Timbuktu's Sufi saints, systematically destroying its six most famous tombs.

09 Jul 2012 description

DAMBA CAMP, Burkina Faso, July 9 (UNHCR) – Renowned soprano Barbara Hendricks has visited a camp in northern Burkina Faso to raise awareness about the plight of tens of thousands of Malian refugees in Africa's Sahel region and to help raise funds for UNHCR's relief operations there.

09 Jul 2012 description
report ECOWAS

The ECOWAS Contact Group on the Mali crisis has called for a government of national unity to implement the road map for a peaceful end to the crisis in the country through the restoration of the territorial integrity of Mali and the organization of fair, transparent and credible presidential election at the end of ongoing 12-month transitional period.

09 Jul 2012 description
report ECOWAS

The Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and President of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Dramane Ouattara has reaffirmed the region’s uncompromising resolve to return Mali to constitutional rule.

09 Jul 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 9 July 2012 (IRIN) - No one can say they did not see last year’s food crisis in East Africa coming; there was almost a year of increasingly strong warnings, but it was not until Somalia was formally declared to be in a state of famine that substantial funding finally started coming in.

After this, just the latest of a long series of failures to translate early warnings into timely action, researchers at London’s Chatham House embarked on a project to try to find out why.

09 Jul 2012 description

Human Rights Council
ROUNDUP 6 July 2012

Adopts 22 Resolutions, Appoints Special Rapporteurs on Belarus and Eritrea, Extends Mandates on Côte d'Ivoire and Somalia, Decides to Establish Working Group to Negotiate a Draft Declaration on the Right to Peace

09 Jul 2012 description
report Oxfam

The Africa Power and Politics Programme is thought-provoking, innovative and infuriating in equal measure. ‘Religion and education reform in Africa: harnessing religious values to developmental ends’, a fascinating new APPP paper by Leonardo A.

09 Jul 2012 description
report Save the Children

by David Olayemi

One of the many good aspects of the EVERY ONE advocacy project in Nigeria, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the opportunity it gives Save the Children to go into partnership with some worthy organisations.

Save the Children in Nigeria has a lot of experience working on some projects alone and as part of consortia. Save the Children also collaborates with a number of organisations – national and international NGOs, development partners as well as government ministries, departments and agencies.

09 Jul 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDRES, 8 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - Les utilisateurs du métro de Londres qui ont levé la tête de leur journal récemment ont peut-être croisé le regard sombre et mélancolique d'un enfant africain ou asiatique. Pour seulement 50 pence par jour, soit moins d'un dollar, on peut, selon la publicité, changer la vie d'un enfant. Et on peut le faire dès maintenant, en envoyant simplement un SMS.

08 Jul 2012 description

As the food crisis in West Africa intensifies, countless mothers across villages in Matam, Senegal, are struggling to provide their children with food and clean water

Ramata used to breastfeed her baby Mamadou, but like many mothers across West Africa, she no longer has enough food to feed herself let alone her children, and is now struggling to provide milk.

08 Jul 2012 description
report Caritas

"We left our village because we were starving," said one elderly refugee from Mali. She has come to a relief camp in Mangaizé in northern Niger where Caritas Niger (CADEV) works.

“I left my village when the rebels attacked,” said another woman. “I escaped at the last moment because I could not find all of my children. I’m here with the two youngest ones, but I don’t know what’s happened to the eldest two.”