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WFP Chad: Situation Report - 09 - 15 June 2005

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Emergency Assistance to Sudanese Refugees in Eastern Chad: EMOP 10327.0

Highlights

WFP June distributions completed in southern and central camps. To commence in northern camps during the current week.

Heavy rainfall during the weekend brings some damage to WFP rubhall warehouses in the southern camp of Goz Amir.

Security

Overall security situation is relatively calm in and around the refugee camps.

In Farchana camp, refugees reportedly held a number of demonstrations during the past week expressing their desire to elect new chiefs of zones. Discussions are underway among humanitarian partners to organise such elections in all camps.

There have been reports of movements of refugees, mainly men and youth, from Farchana, Bredjing and Gaga camps towards the border, most of whom claim to be cultivating their fields in nearby areas. These movements are closely being monitored by the humanitarian community and authorities.

Target Population - Sudanese refugees

Following numerous requests by refugees, UNHCR with WFP, CARE and CNAR participation, undertook a regularisation and family reunification exercise in Kounoungou camp. As in Mille, many refugees claim to have missed the census/registration exercise conducted in the camps last February.

Target caseload figure as agreed by WFP and UNHCR is currently at 197,683 refugees in twelve camps. A meeting will be held between WFP, UNHCR and CNAR (Comité National D'Accueil des Réfugiés), to plan and follow up on the verification/registration exercise.

A total of 406 newly arrived refugees were transferred from Goz Beida to the new camp of Gaga on 8 June, as scheduled. Upon their arrival, their number had increased to 407 refugees with the birth of a baby girl.

Distributions

WFP general food distributions have been completed in southern and central camps, providing 1,483 Mt of food to approx. 87,000 beneficiaries. Distributions have commenced in northern camps and are expected to be completed by early next week.

A special seven-day food distribution was conducted for some 120 refugees in Djabal who are scheduled to be transferred to Gaga shortly.

Under the Blanket Supplementary Feeding programme, WFP provided some 67 Mt of food to a total of 15,061 beneficiaries in Djabal, Iridimi and Oure Cassoni camps. BSF distributions in Touloum are yet to be determined.

WFP Assistance to the local population

WFP food-for-work activities in favour of local populations are proceeding smoothly in the zones of Abéché, Farchana, Iriba, Guereda and Bahai.

The status of ongoing and planned WFP-supported FFW projects is shown in the table below.

ONGOING FFW ACTIVITIES
LOCATION
Partner
Type of activity
N° Participants/ Hds of Families
Food Distributed
Starting date
Duration (months)
1.
Abeche - Am Dam
AFRICARE
Water / Air strips Rehabilitation
1000

1-Apr-05
4.5
2.
Bahai - Bahai
GEDES
Sanitation
150
9.2 Mt
19-Apr-05
2
3.
Bahai - Bahai
GEDES
Air strips Rehab.
100
6.1 Mt
19-Apr-05
2
4.
Bahai
GEDES
Digging of wells
150

19-Apr-05
2
5.
Bahai
GEDES
Airport Route
150

19-Apr-05
2
6.
Bahai - Carriari
ACTED
Agriculture
624

15-Mar-05
5
7.
Farchana - Adre
ADA
Agriculture
150

1-May-05
3
8.
Farchana - Biske
ADA
Water / Sanitation
194

19-Mar-05
3
9.
Farchana -Hadjer Haddid
EEMET
Rural strips
300

TBD
2
10.
Farchana -Hadjer Haddid
Community Leaders
Rural strips
300

1-May-05
2
11.
Farchana
Community Leaders
Air strip Rehabilitation
200
14.7 Mt
1-May-05
2
12.
Guereda - Guereda
WFP
Air strips Rehab.
100

15-Mar-05
1.5
13.
Iriba - Iriba
ADESK
Sanitation
260
15.9 Mt
15-Mar-05
3
14.
Iriba - Iriba
ADESK
Air strips Rehab.
150
9.2 Mt
15-Mar-05
1.5
15.
Iriba - Tine
GAT
Sanitation
100

15-Mar-05
3
16.
Iriba - Tine
GANE
Reforestation
1000

TBD
3
17.
Iriba - 4 villages
AFDI
Digging wells for rainwater harvesting
120

30-Apr-05
2
18.
Iriba - centre
ADESK
Erecting school fence
315

13-May-05
2.5
19.
Farchana - H Hadid
AGS Japan
Environment/ Plants
200

1-Apr-05
5
20.
Adre - Border Villages
ADA
Alphabetisation of Women
150

1-Mar-05
3
21.
Borota & Farchana
SECADEV
Reconstitution of cereal banks
300

1-May-05
6
TOTAL


6,013
55.1 Mt



During the reporting period, WFP's airstrip rehabilitation project was completed in Guereda, with a total of 100 participants from various surrounding villages.

Under the blanket supplementary feeding programme for local populations, WFP provided some 18 Mt of food to a total of 4,000 beneficiaries in Bredjing and Treguine areas. BSF distributions in villages surrounding Farchana area have not yet commenced due to lack of distributing partners.

The Food Security Working Group is currently holding weekly meetings to mobilise support in favour of the host populations, with particular emphasis on distribution and protection of seeds.

Logistics/Pipeline

A convoy of 38 trucks carrying some 890 Mt, mainly Wheat, through the Libyan corridor is expected to arrive in Abéché during the current week.

Another convoy carrying a total of 925.5 Mt of food is currently en route to the border.

Through the Daouala corridor, WFP received some 120 Mt of Maize Meal, 91 Mt of Oil and 40 Mt of CSB. Commodities to be dispatched to the EDPs immediately.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds during the weekend brought some damage to WFP rubhall warehouses in Goz Amir camp. There were no considerable losses as regards WFP food stocks, most of which were secured as soon as the rains eased off. WFP technicians are currently reinstating the warehouses.

Food pre-positioning has already been completed in southern camps, and is expected to be completed in central and northern camps before the end of the month, pending steady and adequate deliveries through the Libyan corridor. No additional food has arrived via this corridor since last week. Thus, the attached table on the status of pre-positioning remains unchanged.

Health and Nutrition

Overall malnutrition rates are relatively stable in the camps.

In central camps, a rise of admissions to the supplementary and therapeutic feeding centres was reported following a screening undertaken by IFRC and MSF-Holland during the month of May. A steering committee comprising of WFP, UNHCR, WHO and UNICEF nutritionists has recently been set up to monitor the nutritional situation in the camps on a regular basis. A monthly report will be disseminated accordingly.

Supplementary feeding in the Mother & Child Health (MCH) program has been put in place in the camps of Touloum, Iridimi, Djabal and Goz Amir. To be completed in all camps by next week.

Assessment/Missions

The recently arrived WFP Deputy Country Director undertook a four-day visit to Abéché and Iriba offices during the reporting week, to review the progress of WFP activities, including human resources and ICT systems put in place.