NOUAKCHOTT, 21st July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign for Treating Women and Children has launched a pilot operation of its field hospital in Mauritania, under the guidance of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).
By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC
While thousands of food-insecure families in Magta Lajar, in southern Mauritania, do not know where their next meal will be coming from, the situation is looking brighter for a women’s cooperative market garden in the village of Karama.
Despite the harsh desert climate and the dry season, tomatoes, onion, carrots, eggplants and cabbages are all growing well.
Tisslima Mint Moussa comes to the garden every day to water the plants, remove weeds, or harvest vegetables when they are fully ripe.
Avancer dans la mise en œuvre de modalités d’intervention innovantes et flexibles
Accélérer les résultats de développement dans les pays du G5 Sahel
• In May, the Ambassador of European Union visited Mbera camp to have a first-hand account of EU-funded interventions carried out by UNHCR. In the framework of the EU-UNHCR mission, the Ambassador also visited WFP food and nutrition related activities.
Emergency preparedness saves lives, reduces the impact of crises on vulnerable people's livelihoods and is much more cost-effective than repeated humanitarian action. This story shows how WFP's early warning analysis led to early action in the Sahel.
Deteriorating food security in central, southern and southeaster Mauritania
• Although consumer markets are well stocked with imported food (rice, oil, sugar, tea, pasta), the continuing rise in their prices since the month of Ramadan (May) is limiting poor households’ access to them. The fall in livestock prices and the lack of seasonal rural income-generating activities are reducing poor households’ seasonal incomes.
NOUAKCHOTT, 15th July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign began its medical diagnostic, treatment and preventive missions in Mauritanian villages, treating hundreds of women and children, under the slogan, 'In the Footsteps of Zayed', which included supervision by volunteer doctors from the UAE and Mauritania.
The campaign aims to promote the culture of volunteering and humanitarian giving among the youth, in light of 2018 Year of Zayed as per the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Fatimata, 12, had a narrow escape after resisting an arranged marriage, but her case reflects a wider problem among Malian refugees in Mauritania
By Helena Pes in Mbera Refugee Camp, Mauritania | 10 July 2018
Sitting in her family tent in Mauritania’s Mbera refugee camp, 12-year-old Fatimata concentrates intently as she draws a flower on her school notebook. Behind her are piled the mattresses and blankets that were to be her dowry, had she not resisted her family’s attempt to forcibly marry her off to a cattle-herding cousin in her native Mali.
By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC
Mingui is dry. On the long road leading to this village in Magta Lajar, in Mauritania, pastures for livestock have vanished and there is no body of water to be seen. The landscape consists of thorny trees and never-ending sand dunes. Carcasses of animals littering the road witness the severity of the drought.
Sitting in the tent in which she lives, Zeina Mint Mahmoud has not yet prepared lunch. It’s almost 4pm and her children will certainly go to bed hungry, unless a miracle occurs.
La situation de la sécurité alimentaire se détériore dans le centre, le sud et le sud-est du pays
Les marchés de consommation soient bien approvisionnés en denrées alimentaires importées (riz, huile, sucre, thé, pâtes alimentaires), mais la hausse continue de leurs prix, depuis le mois de Ramadan (mai) limite leur accès aux ménages pauvres. Les revenus saisonniers de ces derniers sont réduits par la chute des prix des animaux et l’absence d’activités rurales saisonnières génératrices de revenus.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Le riz local et le sorgho sont les produits alimentaires les plus consommés par les ménages pauvres de la Mauritanie suivis par le blé importé qui est l'aliment de substitution auquel ces ménages recourent le plus. Le riz local est cultivé dans la vallée du fleuve (dans le sud des régions du Trarza, du Brakna, du Gorgol et du Guidimakha). Le sorgho est produit dans toutes les zones de production (sorgho pluvial) et dans les walo et barrages (sorgho de décrue). Toutefois, une importante partie est importée du Mali et du Sénégal.
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 29 June 2018
The EU-Mauritania partnership has been in place for more than 50 years during which the EU has been helping Mauritania to address strategic development challenges in various fields: road construction and transport, agriculture, mining, fisheries and good governance.
The EU-Mauritania partnership is currently built on three main agreements:
Caritas International is appealing for urgent assistance to help millions of people affected by the food crisis in West Africa.
Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylumseekers and more than 56,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.
Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In May alone, 321 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.
As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.
Summary of adjustments made to the emergency plan of action:
The operational strategy changes as follow:
The emergency food assistance activities focus now only in the four communes on the department of Magta Lahjar (Oud Amour, Sangrave, Magta Lahjar and Djonabe bordering Barkeole). Such activities will not be implemented in the department of Barkeole anymore as the CSA (Commissariat a la Sécurité Alimentaire from the Government of Mauritania) and the WFP are already covering this area.
According to the World Food Programme's latest report, it is estimated that 538 400 individuals are severely affected by food insecurity in Mauritania. This corresponds to 14% of the population and is by far the highest proportion in the region.
A response plan targeting 470 600 individuals in priority areas has been finalized by the Humanitarian Country Team, and food distribution has started in June.
Le CICR mène des activités en République islamique de Mauritanie depuis 1970. Il y a ouvert une délégation en 2013. Le CICR visite les personnes détenues et s’efforce d’améliorer leurs conditions matérielles et de traitement en détention. Dans l’est du pays, il soutient les populations résidentes et réfugiées dans leurs besoins essentiels, tels que l’accès à l’eau et aux services vétérinaires.
GENÈVE (7 juin 2018) - Un groupe d'experts des droits de l'homme* a exhorté les autorités mauritaniennes à reconsidérer l'adoption d'un amendement du Code pénal qui prévoit la peine de mort pour blasphème et apostasie, une disposition qui viole gravement, selon eux, le droit international.