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West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 24 October 2014)

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

7,160 NEW IDPs FOLLOWING INCREASE IN VIOLENCE

Widespread violence since 7 October has spurred renewed displacement of some 7,160 people in and around Bangui, according to an IOM report published on 21 October. Much of the displacement originates from Bangui’s 3rd and 5th neighbourhoods, with additional displacement of some 4,300 IDPs in Bimbo.

MALI

7 KILLED AND 5,000 DISPLACED FOLLOWING FIGHTING IN THE NORTH

A 17 October insurgent attack in Tillit, south-west of Gao, reportedly displaced upwards of 5,000 people- or a quarter of the population- both internally and into neighbouring Burkina Faso. Humanitarian activities in this area are currently suspended.

NIGERIA

CEASEFIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

On 17 October, Nigerian authorities announced that they had reached a cease fire agreement with insurgency group, Boko Haram, following over 16 months of violent attacks attributed to the group in the Northeast (viz. Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states). Among the terms of the agreement was return of the over 200 girls abducted from a school in Chibok (Borno State) by the insurgents in April 2014.

15 KILLED IN VILLAGES ATTACKES, 25 GIRLS KIDNAPPED

On 19 October, insurgent group Boko Haram, reportedly attacked three villages in Borno and Adamawa states killing at least 15 people. On 23 October, reports indicate that at least 25 girls have been kidnapped by the group in Adamawa state.

REGIONAL : EBOLA

18 PER CENT INCREASE IN CASELOAD IN AFFECTED COUNTRIES

On 22 October, WHO reported that there are currently a total of 9,936 cases of EDV and 4,877 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – an 18 per cent increase in the past week.

OUTBREAK DECLARED OVER IN SENEGAL AND NIGERIA

WHO declared the Ebola outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria over, on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively. A national EVD outbreak is considered to be over 42 days after the last positive case.

INCREASING FOOD PRICES

Preliminary WFP findings indicate that food prices have increased by 24 per cent in high EVD transmission countries due to the Ebola outbreak. To date, WFP has delivered over 9,000 MT of food and over 6,000 MT of medical cargo to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and a total of 819 responders have been transported to affected countries by UNHAS flights.

HIGH-LEVEL UN PLANNING MEETING IN ACCRA

A joint UN planning meeting took place from 15-18 October in Accra, Ghana, to establish a joint UN operational plan towards responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The led by UNMEER SRSG Anthony Banbury included the participation of high-level senior leadership from the Secretary-General's office,WHO, and WFP, inter alia.

NEW CASE IN MALI

On 24 October, Mali reported its first confirmed EVD case.

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