Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 11 May 2016
- 1,103 Voluntary returns to Mali facilitated since January 2016
- 11,715 Malian households in Mbera camp (as of 1 May 2016)
- 5, 434 Malian refugees with specific needs (as of 30 April 2016)
- 30 Litres Of potable water available per person per day in Mbera campPersons per latrine in Mbera camp
- 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.
On 22 April, following recent violent episodes in northern Mali, a group of eight families comprising about 30 people, mostly children, reached the border towns of Fassala and Medala.
The families sought refuge in Mauritania after being displaced from the areas of Tenekou and Nyono.
UNHCR in collaboration with the Mauritanian Agence Nationale du Registre de Population et Titres Sécurisés (ANRPTS) has completed a verification process which was started in 2014 to confirm nationality of people registered in UNHCR’s database. 8,318 individuals who were confirmed to be Mauritanian nationals have been de-activated from the database in April 2016.
These Mauritanian families were assisted and will continue to have access to essential services in the camp,such as water and health services. 11,869 people were de-activated from UNHCR’s database after being confirmed Mauritanian nationals during the verification exercise.
Between March and April 2016, UNHCR facilitated the voluntary return of 265 Malians to their country, some of whom have lived in Mbera camp since 2012.
More than 1,100 individuals have been assisted to voluntarily return to Mali since January 2015.
On 12 April, the United States Ambassadors in Mali and in Mauritania, H.Es Folmsbee and Andre respectively, visited Mbera camp. This mission enabled the Ambassadors to have direct exchange with forcibly displaced groups of women, youth and families to have a better understanding of their conditions in Mauritania. The visit took place after the U.S Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration gave a generous contribution of USD 8.5 million to UNHCR’s regional response to the Mali situation, which focuses on resilience and peaceful coexistence in Mali in neighboring countries.