Burkina Faso + 7 more

West Africa: Humanitarian situation report 08 Jun 2008

Situation Report
Originally published



- SGSA Egeland visits 3 Sahel countries

- Mali: More armed attacks in the north

- Meningitis: Over 920 deaths in Burkina Faso but the epidemic is dwindling

- Burkina Faso: Some 1,000 Tuareg refugees from northern Mali

- Guinea: Mutiny in the army after the dismissal of the Prime Minister

- Final Field Draft of CAP Mid-Year Review submitted


1.1 Food security and nutrition

The SGSA Egeland visitsBurkina Faso, Mali and Niger

The Secretary-General's Special Advisor on matters relating to the prevention and resolution of conflict Jan Egeland started on 2 June in Burkina Faso a Sahel trip that also took him to Mali and to Niger.

According to the United Nations information Centre (UNIC) in Burkina Faso, Mr Egeland met with several members of the Government including the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Agriculture, Hydraulic and Fisheries to exchange on climate change and its impact on the food crisis that is currently affecting the Sahel countries. He also met with the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter-states Drought Control Committee (CILSS).

In Mali, M Egeland met with the Head of State, the Prime Minister, the minister of Agriculture and the minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Egeland also met with the project manager of the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP). A field visit also took him to Lake Faguibine close to Timbuktu where meetings with local populations and administrative authorities were held.. Mr Egeland will then travel to Niger which will conclude his Sahel trip (on 6 June).

Jan Egeland was accompanied by members of the Department of Political Affairs, the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), the United Nations Programme for the Environment (UNEP), and by the Head of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in West Africa, Mr Hervé Ludovic de Lys (for the Burkina Faso and Mali legs of the trip) and a scientist from the Erath Institute of Colombia University, New York.

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