Global Emergency Overview Weekly picks, 17 April 2018
Catatumbo region in Norte de Santander continues to be impacted by confrontations between ELN and EPL. Since 14 March, at least 2,600 people have been displaced in the region. Additional displacement has been reported since 15 April, and the number of people displaced is likely to further increase in the coming days. Since 15 April, commercial activity and movement in the region has been disrupted following the distribution of an EPL pamphlet announcing increased violence against ELN. Education is disrupted for some 4,000 children and three hospitals have been closed. ELN and EPL are fighting for control over Catatumbo, which is a key region for the cultivation of coca and drug production.
Rains throughout the country in April have hindered access and caused displacement. In Kisumu county, over 6,000 people are estimated to have been displaced due to floods. Hundreds were also reportedly displaced in Garissa county. In the flood affected areas there are health concerns due to the increased risk of cholera and malaria outbreaks. Infrastructure including shelter, has been damaged by flooding. In Mandera, Garissa, and Wajir counties, the delivery of essential goods including flood relief has been disrupted due to road closures.
The deteriorating security situation is hampering humanitarian access in northern and central Mali. Between 19 March and 11 April at least nine security incidents affecting humanitarian workers were registered in Timbuktu, Mopti, Gao and Segou regions. These incidents included robberies, kidnappings and armed attacks. Over 50 security incidents have been reported since the beginning of the year. Attacks against MINUMSA forces continue: on 14 April armed men attacked MINUSMA and Barkhane forces in Timbuktu resulting in the death of one peacekeeper.
Updated: 17/04/2018 Next GEO updated on Tuesday 24 April 2018