West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (25 - 31 July 2017)
CAR FIGHTING FORCES OVER 4,000 INTO CAMEROON
Fighting in neighbouring Central African Republic’s north-western region, in July, has forced 4,766 people to flee across the border to Touboro locality in North region of Cameroon. UNHCR, which is registering the refugees, said the figure is likely to increase. Aid agencies are providing medical care and food to the refugees who urgently need shelter, basic household items, food, health care and documentation. The local health centre is being reinforced to improve services and help assess the needs of the refugees.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
GOVERNMENT IN BID TO EASE TENSIONS
In a move to ease tensions in conflict hotspots in the country’s south-eastern Mbomou and Haut Mbomou prefectures, a Government mission led by Social Affairs Minister Virginie Baikoua on 28 July visited Bangassou town and other localities to call for peace and reconciliation and assess humanitarian needs. Bangassou has suffered repeated bouts of violence in recent months displacing tens of thousands of people.
THOUSANDS FLEE TO CHAD FOR SAFETY
A total of 6,685 refugees from Niger arrived last week in Baga Sola sub-prefecture in the east of the country, according to UNHCR and the National Refugee Commission. They have been settled in a new site offered by the local authorities. The refugees fled their villages in Nguigmi area in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region fearing Boko Haram attacks after the withdrawal of Chadian soldiers from the area. The influx is ongoing and as many as 10,000 people are expected to cross into Chad. Urgent humanitarian needs include water, hygiene and sanitation, food, shelter, basic household items and health care.
FLOODS AFFECT HALF OF COUNTRY’S 10 REGIONS
Widespread flooding since April has affected at least five out of the country’s 10 regions.
As of 28 July, Greater Accra, Central, Western, Northern and Eastern regions were declared to be in emergency and/or under threat of floods with potential to cause devastation. Information gathered by the Ghana Red Cross as of 10 July indicated that over 1,500 people in Central, Western and Eastern regions were severely affected by floods. The National Disaster Management Organisation has provided initial assistance while conducting assessments to ascertain the extent of damage and exact number of people affected. Meanwhile, the meteorological agency has warned that the country will continue to experience torrential rains at least until September.
FOURTEEN KILLED IN DISPLACEMENT CAMP ATTACK
Fourteen people were killed in a suicide attack on a newly established camp in Dikwa local government area on 28 July. At least 24 others, mostly women and children, were wounded. The camp was established to decongest crowded sites in Dikwa. The attack is the latest in the string of raids targeting IDP locations across Borno state.
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