Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 14 July 2016
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.