West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 - 7 May 2018)
AID ORGANISATION DRIVER REPORTED MISSING
A Burkina Faso Red Cross driver was reported missing on 3 May in the northern Soum province. The driver had been travelling between Djibo and Arbinda towns. His vehicle has also gone missing. Humanitarian access has been significantly hampered in Burkina Faso’s northern region since November 2017 due to armed attacks and military operations. More than 950,000 people, a third of them in the northern Sahel region, require urgent relief assistance across the country.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
BANGUI UNREST RESTRICTS HUMANITARIAN MOVEMENT
On 4 May, UN and NGO staff restricted staff movement in the capital Bangui during a protest called to desert the city following the killing of 24 people in a violent attack three days earlier. Protesters barricaded main roads and most people stayed away from the city. Aid organisations are still facing difficulties providing emergency assistance such as ferrying injured people to hospitals due to the presence of armed elements. The unrest has also forced some people to flee for safety elsewhere.
HEAVY RAINS LEAVE OVER 9,000 HOMELESS
Torrential rains over the past two weeks in Uvira in the eastern South Kivu province have left more than 9,000 people homeless and destroyed at least 6,500 houses. Several schools and health centres have been flooded. In total, around 32,000 people have been affected. Basic household items, shelter, water, health, sanitation and hygiene assistance are the urgent needs.
IED KILLS FOUR CHILDREN IN MOPTI
On 2 May, four children playing with an explosive device they thought was a toy died when the ordnance exploded. The accident happened in Dia town in the central Mopti region. Improvised explosive devices are among the biggest threats in central and northern Mali. Since 2013, 341 tons of obsolete, unsafe and unserviceable ammunition, including 85 obsolete surfaceto-air missiles, and nearly 11,500 fire arms were found and destroyed by UN Mine Action Support (UNMAS). This represents the world’s largest ammunition stockpile disposed of by a national authority with UNMAS assistance.
CHOLERA OUTBREAK SPREADING IN NORTH-EAST
The cholera outbreak that erupted in February in Nigeria’s northeast is continuing to spread. Cases have now been confirmed in four local government areas (LGA) in Borno state and one LGA in Yobe state.
Suspected cases have also been reported in two other LGAs in Borno and four in Yobe.
The UN and partners are responding to the outbreak, including through surveillance, case management, water and sanitation services and raising awareness in the communities.
TWIN SUICIDE ATTACKS KILL 27 IN ADAMAWA
Twin suicide bombings at a mosque and at a market on 1 May killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens in Mubi town in the north-eastern Adamawa state. The attack was one of the deadliest witnessed in the town. Security has been tightened. Armed groups continue to launch violent attacks against civilians and military targets in northeast Nigeria.
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