APPEAL FOR DROUGHT ASSISTANCE
The UN system has appealed for assistance following a drought that has affected the island nation. Some regions have seen complete crop failure and livestock survival is under threat. An assessment is underway to determine the extent of needs. The authorities have developed various assistance projects and are seeking funding.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
AID GROUP WITHDRAWS FROM TOWN AFTER ARMED ROBBERY
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has relocated 58 staff members to the capital Bangui and suspended operations in the south-eastern Bangassou town after an armed robbery on its compound on 20 November. Some 500,000 people relied almost entirely on MSF’s medical assistance in Bangassou region. In Bangassou hospital, there were 30 children under five in intensive care and 26 other patients in urgent need of surgery when the aid group was forced to pull out. The town is largely under the control of armed groups. MSF was the only aid group supporting Bangassou hospital.
SLIGHT INCREASE IN NUMBER OF DISPLACED IN LAC REGION
The western Lac region has seen a slight increase in the number of displaced people from 119,000 in January to around 123,000, according to IOM’s latest statistics. They include 102,000 internally displaced persons, 20,000 Chadian returnees and 1,200 thirdcountry nationals. Some 51,000 displaced people reported to have returned since 2016 to their areas of origin in the southern basin of Lac region have also been identified through assessments conducted in 2017.
RISE IN IED ATTACKS IN MOPTI, TIMBUKTU LOCALITIES
Localities in Mopti and Timbuktu have seen an increase in IED attacks against security forces lately. Humanitarian actors have so far not been targeted by the IEDs.
Separately, over the past week, armed assailants robbed a vehicle belonging to an NGO in Gao, and in Kidal, two armed men raided the office of an international aid group and stole two motorbikes. In Ménaka, unknown individuals robbed two aid workers’ houses, prompting one organization to suspend work in the region and evacuate staff to the capital Bamako. Banditry is common in Ménaka, with the local authorities and the population often falling victim.
DIFFA RECORDS POOR CEREAL HARVESTS
Sixty-eight per cent of villages in south in Diffa region in the south-east have recorded a 50-per cent drop in cereal output in this year’s farming season, according to an assessment by the authorities. At least 411 of the region’s 606 villages have reaped low harvests. Fodder deficit could reach 2 million metric tons, affecting 61 per cent of the livestock herd in the region.
ARMED RAIDS CLAIM OVER 50 LIVES
Suicide attacks have increased in recent months in the north-east region, mainly in Borno state. Over the past week, more than 50 people were killed in suicide attacks and armed raids in various localities in Borno and Adamawa states. The displaced and people trying to resettle and pick up their lives after displacement have repeatedly come under attack. The rise in attacks coincides with the start of the dry season which eases movement.
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