Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 14 July 2016

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 14 Jul 2016 View Original


  • 1,843 Voluntary returns to Mali facilitated since January 2016

  • 80 New arrivals from Mali in 2016

  • 4,408 Malian refugees with specific needs (as of 1 July 2016)

  • 11,376 Malian households in Mbera camp (as of 1 July 2016)

  • 30L of potable water available per person per day


  • 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 16 June, Mali, Mauritania and UNHCR signed a tripartite agreement for the voluntary repatriation of Malian refugees living in Mauritania. According to UNHCR’ s Country Representative, Mohamed Alwash, "The Tripartite Agreement is the result of a common desire to create a space for discussion, reflection and decisions to guarantee the right of return of Malian refugees in the best conditions"

  • On 20 June, thousands of refugees in Nouakchott and Mbera camp gathered to celebrate World Refugee Day with the recital of poems, music, dances, art crafts exhibitions and a football match.

  • For the first time in Mbera camp, a cash component was introduced to the monthly food distribution. All refugees received oil, rice and pulses in June along with some cash, providing them with more autonomy.