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West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 19 May 2014)

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR) 23,000 DISPLACED IN THE NORTH UNHCR
reported this week that fighting between anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka groups has displaced at least 23,000 people from Kaga Bandoro since 2 May, a figure nearly double that reported last month.

50 PER CENT FOOD PRICE INCREASE SINCE CAR/CHAD BORDER CLOSED MSF
Spain reports that food prices have increased by 50 per cent over the past 10 days.
Products from neighboring Chad and Sudan are also becoming increasingly scarce.

1,000 CHILDREN RELEASED FROM ARMED GROUPS THIS YEAR
On 16 May, UNICEF announced that over 1,000 children had been released from armed groups in CAR- five times more than the total number of children released in 2013. An estimated 6,000 children remain under control of armed groups.

CAMEROON/NIGERIA
1 KILLED, 10 KIDNAPPED IN BOKO HARAM ATTACK
On 16 May, Boko Haram reportedly attacked Waza town in northern Cameroon, killing one Cameroonian soldier, and kidnapping ten Chinese workers. This is the fourth attack attributed to Boko Haram in Cameroon this year.

CHAD
50 PER CENT INCREASE IN CRISIS-LEVEL FOOD INSECURE PROJECTED
The SISAAP (Early Warning Food Security Alert System) projects that the number of Chadians at IPC's food security 'crisis' levels, will increase from 2.6 million to 3.9 million between June-September 2014. The Guerra region in central Chad will also face IPC's 'crisis' phase, bringing the total of regions in crisis in Chad to four.

COTE D’IVOIRE/LIBERIA
13 DEAD AND 3,500 DISPLACED BY BORDER ATTACK
On 15 May, 40 gunmen attacked and looted Fetai, a village in Cote d’Ivoire along the southwestern border with Liberia, killing 13 and displacing 3,500 people. Ivoirian authorities have since regained control of Fetai.

DRC / ROC
120,000 DRC CITIZENS EXPELLED FROM REPUBLIC OF CONGO
On 9 May, 12,600 DRC citizens were expelled from the Republic of Congo bringing the total number of people deported to DRC since 4 April to 120,000. The DRC Government leads coordination and provision of basic humanitarian assistance.

MALI
36 KILLED IN FIGHTING IN KIDAL
On 17 May, 36 people were killed in Kidal by fighting between the Malian army and Tuareg separatists during a visit by Mali’s Prime Minister.

NIGER
18,000 FLEE NORTHEAST NIGERIA TO DIFFA
IRC reports that 18,025 new arrivals from Nigeria were registered in the Diffa region between January and end of April 2014. This brings the total number of registered population fleeing violence in northern Nigeria to 60,000 refugees and returnees.

NIGERIA
6-MONTH EXTENSION OF SOE IN NORTHEAST REQUESTED
On 15 May, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, requested an extension of a state of emergency (SOE) in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states for another six months; the region has been under a SOE for one year to combat insurgency group Boko Haram.

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