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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (24 - 30 May 2016)

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

MORE THAN 13,000 RETURNEES IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

Since January 2016, 13,785 internally displaced persons (IDPs) returns have been registered in the villages located on the Ouandago-Kabo and Ouandago-Batangafo axes in the country’s north-western Ouham province. The IDPs voluntarily returned to their homes following a decrease in attacks in the area since December 2015. They had fled their villages of origin in 2014 as a result of recurrent violence between armed groups as well as with cattle herders. The returnees, who arrived from IDP sites in Lady, Bouca,
Kabo and Batangafo, require multi-sectoral assistance. Priority needs are access to drinking water, health services and education.

CAMEROON

BIRD FLU OUTBREAK

On 24 May, the Government confirmed a bird flu outbreak after testing samples from a large poultry farm in the capital, Yaoundé. On 26 May, new poultry deaths were reported in the South Region, bringing the toll to an estimated 30,000 deaths, with a strong epidemiological link to the poultry complex in Yaoundé, source of the outbreak. No human death or contamination has so far been reported in connection to the epidemic. WHO and UNICEF are providing technical support to the national authorities for field investigations.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION OF IVORIAN REFUGEES IN LIBERIA

The voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees in Liberia continues although at a slower pace since the start of the rainy season in May.
Since mid-December 2015 when the process resumed, UNHCR has assisted more than 17,000 returns. As of 28 May, there are still 45,000 Ivorian refugees in the region including 21,235 in Liberia, 11,423 in Ghana and 7,389 in Guinea. Over 220,000 Ivorian refugees had found refuge in Liberia after fleeing their home country during the 2002 civil war and the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis.

MALI

NEARLY 400,000 IDPs HAVE RETURNED HOME

According to the Malian government-led Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a system that monitors population movements, three years after the country’s civil conflict, 468,467 former IDPs have returned to their communities of origin, primarily in the northern part of the country. Some 36,762 people remain internally displaced. The return trend started after the presidential and legislative elections, following the signature of the 1st peace agreement in June 2013 in Ouagadougou, and the ensuing improvement of the security situation in parts of the country’s northern regions.

NIGER

SITUATION WORSENS FOR DISPLACED IN SOUTH-EAST

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned that security and humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in south-east Niger, where hundreds of thousands of people settled after fleeing Boko Haram violence.
According to government figures as of midMay, the area in and around Diffa was hosting over 241,000 people, including refugees from Nigeria, displaced people within Niger, and returning Niger nationals who had been living in Nigeria. Some 157,000 people who have fled Boko Haram terror have settled in makeshift camps 200 kilometres along the National Route 1, a major road that runs parallel to the Nigerian border.

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