- Insecurity continues to threaten civilians and livelihoods in the Lake Chad Basin region where food insecurity and malnutrition continue to stand at critical levels. Vulnerable people living in affected areas continue to flee violence and insecurity, seeking refuge in host communities whose scarce resources, under strain, are drastically reduced. WFP urgently needs USD 70 million to continue providing emergency food assistance to affected people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 16 countries. Partner agencies reported 371 incidents in 11 countries and 15 security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes in three countries. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information.
It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.
Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, a évacué, dans la nuit du 14 au 15 décembre, 74 réfugiés vulnérables – en grande majorité des enfants et des femmes – depuis la Libye vers le Niger.
Attacks by Boko Haram continued in the Diffa region on several villages. 11 people including 4 women and 4 children were arrested by Defense and security forces under suspicion of association with the violent extremist group.
UNICEF continued the planned NFI assistance to victims of floods, in support to the government, for 680 households of 22 villages of Maradi region. UNICEF overall NFI response to floods reached 5,330 households (36,152 people).
Dr. Mariama Issoufou, Study Leader in Burkina Faso and Dr. Susan Shepherd, Pediatrics Expert, work with the goal of improving pediatric and nutritional care in the medical programs supported by ALIMA. They discuss the major problems encountered daily in humanitarian situations in West African hospitals, and the the solutions that ALIMA is offering in response.
What are the most common challenges in West Africa for the treatment of pediatric cases in a humanitarian setting?
European Commission - Fact Sheet
Brussels, 15 December 2017
On 15 December 2016, the European Union, through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and with contributions from Germany (€48 million) and Italy (€22 million), launched a joint initiative with the International Organization for Migration to support the efforts of partner countries in Africa.
Chaque année, à l’approche de la saison des pluies, Hadiza Bambara angoisse. La femme de 75 ans, qui a neuf personnes à sa charge, n’a pas oublié cette longue nuit pluvieuse où elle et sa famille ont échappé à la mort dans l’effondrement de leur maison.
« J’ai été alertée par les cris de ma petite fille lorsqu’un morceau de terre tombé du toit l’a réveillée » explique-t-elle. « J’ai sursauté au cœur de la nuit, et tout de suite, j’ai eu le réflexe d’évacuer la maison » ajoute-t-elle.
When the rainy season comes each year, Hadiza Bambara is anxious. The 75-year-old woman, who has nine dependents, hasn’t forgotten the long rainy night when she and her family almost died when their home collapsed.
"I was alerted by my daughter's cries when a piece of earth fell from the roof and woke her up," Hadiza explained. "I jumped up in the middle of the night and immediately evacuated the house."
Polio this week as of 13 December 2017
New on polioeradication.org: Technical advisory groups met last week to review progress made to eradicate polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and advise on the way forward to further improve the quality of programme implementation during the low transmission season.
In Pakistan, the polio eradication programme and the routine immunization programme are working hand in hand to increase vaccination coverage in urban areas.
199,091 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
304,305 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)
44,306 registered refugees and asylumseekers in Libya
117,979 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017
987 monitoring visits to detention centres
1,024 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention
Funding USD 77.2 M requested in 2017
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, evacuated during the night of 14-15 December, 74 vulnerable refugees, the vast majority children and women, from Libya to Niger.
“I am happy to report that a group of 51 children, 22 women and one man have been successfully evacuated from Libya and are now safe in Niger. Less than 24 hours ago they were still detained in Libya, but they can now hope anew,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation.
At the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron, the five countries of the Sahel region that provide troops to the G5 Sahel military force met in Paris yesterday. Together with a group of other countries and institutions that are closely involved in the Sahel, they discussed ways of supporting this force. The Netherlands, which has been committed to promoting security and development in the region for some time, was represented by foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra.
• Acute food insecurity likely to persist across the Lake Chad Basin through at least mid-2018
• The UN requests $157 million to support 293,000 Nigerian refugees and host community members in Lake Chad Basin during 2018
• The UN allocates $13.4 million to the NHF to deliver multi-sector assistance for 950,000 people in northeastern Nigeria
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2018
• Les résultats de l’enquête nutritionnelle SMART montrent que plus de la moitié des 23 régions du pays dépassent le seuil d’urgence de malnutrition aigüe sévère.
• Une conférence s’est tenue du 2 au 4 novembre à N’Djamena pour élaborer un cadre stratégique pour la stabilisation du bassin du Lac Tchad.
• Le CERF a alloué 11 millions de dollars pour assister 147 000 personnes au sud du Tchad.
Taux d’alphabétisation 37,3%
Espérance de vie 51,9 ans
The regional technical consultation on the current 2016-2017 cereal and food balance sheets as well as the 2017-2018 outlook was held in Bamako, Mali, from 27 to 29 November 2017. The participants made the following observations:
1.In terms of rainfall, seasonal levels were generally normal to surplus. However, poor distribution and an early end to the rains in some places affected crops and biomass production in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. The situation is more critical in Cabo Verde where there was little rain at all.
Réunis à Bamako, les membres du dispositif régional PREGEC se prononcent sur les résultats préliminaires de la campagne agro-pastorale 2017-2018 et sur la situation alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest.
314.0 M required for 2017
91.8 M contributions received, representing 29% of requirements
222.2 M funding gap for West Africa