Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 11 April 2016

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 11 Apr 2016 View Original


  • 838 Voluntary returns to Mali facilitated since January 2016
  • 13,999 Malian households in Mbera camp (as of 31 March 2016)
  • 5, 434 Malian refugees with specific needs (as of 31 March 2016)
  • 30L Of potable water available per person per day in Mbera camp
  • 22 Persons per latrine in Mbera camp


  • 2016 USD 19M Requested for the operation


  • Maintain protection and assistance for all Malian refugees in Mbera camp.
  • Strengthen support to refugees’ self-reliance.
  • Maintain peaceful coexistence between the refugees and host communities.


  • In March, UNHCR organized a mapping mission for Mbera camp mapping in partnership with CartONG. This initiative marks the launch of an innovative online Camp Management system which will considerably improve UNHCR and partners’ needs assessment and immediate response capacity. Thanks to this real-time update system, the localization of basic services in need of intervention or shelters to be replaced will be immediately spotted with a simple mobile phone. First results collected are live on maps.unhcr.

  • In March 2016, UNHCR received a generous contribution of 500,000 EUR from ECHO. This contribution will allow the organization to respond to specific needs of more than 5,000 vulnerable people and improve waste management in Mbera camp.

  • In March, UNHCR facilitated voluntary return for about 251 Malians, some of whom have lived in Mbera camp since 2012. In total, more than 1,100 individuals have been assisted for voluntary return since December 2015.