Algeria has been hosting refugees from Western Sahara since 1975. These refugees are in camps in the harsh, isolated desert environment.
Algeria has been hosting refugees from Western Sahara since 1975. These refugees are in camps in the harsh, isolated desert environment of western Algeria, where opportunities for self-reliance are limited, forcing them to depend on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
As a leading global humanitarian donor, the European Union is at the forefront of identifying and intervening in crises that have escaped international attention. These so-called 'forgotten crises' have persisted, yet despite significant humanitarian needs they receive insufficient international aid.
Poor funding continued to affect WFP’s regular activities. Mid-morning snacks for children in schools and kindergarten only consisted of only half a glass of milk (40 g), without biscuits.
WFP Algeria thanks ECHO for their recent contribution which will continue WFP’ life-saving food assistance to the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria.
• WFP and UNHCR organized advocacy events “Together Against Violence” for youth and women as part of the 16 days of activism.
• No funding forecasts or projections have been committed for 2018.
• Starting January 2018, there will be no specialized nutritious foods (SNF) will be available for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition and anaemia in children, and pregnant and nursing women.
• High Energy Biscuits are in short supply due to funding shortfalls
Thanks to generous donor contributions, WFP Algeria foresees the distribution of complete rations until year-end.
No funding forecasts or projections have been committed for 2018. To avoid funding constraints hindering life-saving assistance, as in early 2017, WFP Algeria must secure additional funding in the coming months (USD 5 million for the first three months of 2018).
Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Overview on UNHCR’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa
A. Situational context including new developments
WFP Algeria received almost USD 10 million in the last weeks. Thanks to these contributions, WFP will be able to distribute full rations until the end of 2017. The funding shortfall remains at around USD 2.1 million, excluding funding needs for complementary activities like hydroponics.
WFP’s advance financing (IRA, IPL) allowed food distribution to continue in the first half of 2017. Even after the recent contributions, USD 1.6 million still need to be reimbursed until end of 2017.
This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.
One month after the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune, refugee children and their families are gradually recovering.
16 days after the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune, 849 families (4245 people), are still suffering from the storm damages, including 406 families that had their houses completely destroyed.
While the new school year will start on 6 September, the damages caused to six of the eight schools and five of the seven kindergartens, are putting children at risk of not being able to go back to school on time.
The storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp in Laayoune on 15 August affected 849 families (4,245 people), including 406 families that have had their house completely destroyed.
Severe to moderate damage to six out of the eight schools, and five out of the seven kindergartens, is putting 8,109 children at risk of not being able to go back to school.
The effects of the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp of Laayoun on 15 August combined with the return of high temperature, resulted in more of the damaged mud houses and other infrastructure to collapse. This increased the number of houses damaged and of people affected by the emergency.
WFP Algeria requires USD 6.4 million until the end of 2016.
WFP will not be able to provide full rations from September, and will need to stop food assistance in November and December if no additional funding is received.
The Western Sahara refugee crisis ranks top among forgotten crises, according to the ECHO Forgotten Crisis Assessment 2014.
On August 15th, a strong storm accompanied by heavy rains hit Laayoune Camp, one of the 5 Sahrawi refugees’ camps near the city of Tindouf in South-Western Algeria. The storm affected the refugee population, of which 70-80% are children and women. 11 people were injured by collapsing houses and taken to hospital.
UN agencies led by UNHCR conducted a rapid assessment on 16-17 August, in collaboration with the NGOs, and coordinated with the Sahrawi Red Crescent.
AMOUNT: EUR 16 800 000