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    Source: Agence France-Presse
    Country: Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Tunisia

    08/18/2013 09:46 GMT

    TUNIS, 18 août 2013 (AFP) - Près de 300 réfugies africains tentant une traversée vers l'Europe ont été secourus dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche au large de la Tunisie par les autorités tunisiennes, a annoncé dimanche à l'AFP l'association Boats for People.

    Une première embarcation avec 240 personnes à bord a été secourue "après trois jours de mer au large des îles Kerkennah (sud de la Tunisie, ndlr), où elle était échouée sur un banc de sable", a déclaré Nicanor Haon, un responsable de l'ONG.

    Le second navire, avec 46 personnes à bord, a été retrouvé "à la dérive" au large de Ben Guerdane, près de la frontière avec la Libye.

    Le premier groupe de réfugiés est désormais détenu au port de Sfax, deuxième ville de Tunisie, et le second "dans un camp de rétention"à Ben Guerdane.

    Selon M. Haon, les réfugiés sont originaires du Tchad, du Mali, de Côte d'Ivoire ou encore du Maroc. Au moins 10 d'entre eux sont des réfugiés du camp de Choucha, ouvert en 2011 dans le sud tunisien pour accueillir les réfugiés fuyant la guerre en Libye.

    Le camp a été fermé par le Haut commissariat aux réfugiés de l'ONU en juin 2013, alors que plusieurs centaines d'occupants attendaient toujours d'être réinstallés dans des pays tiers.

    L'ONG Boats for People, qui avait vivement critiqué la fermeture du camp en l'absence de solutions adaptées pour tous les réfugiés, redoute désormais que les 286 migrants secourus dans la nuit soient expulsés vers la Libye, d'où ils seraient partis.

    "Ce serait une violation de la convention de Genève", a prévenu M. Haon.

    La Tunisie est une zone de transit importante pour de nombreux migrants clandestins venus d'Afrique subsaharienne, qui tentent de gagner l'Europe à bord d'embarcations de fortune. Des milliers d'entre eux sont morts noyés ou ont été portés disparus après des naufrages.

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    © 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse


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    Source: UN News Service
    Country: Mali

    16 août 2013 – Le Conseil de sécurité a salué vendredi le bon déroulement de l'élection présidentielle au Mali, en la qualifiant « d'étape majeure vers la restauration de la gouvernance démocratique et l'ordre constitutionnel ».

    Dans une déclaration à la presse, les membres du le Conseil ont félicité le peuple malien « pour leur participation pacifique dans le processus électoral » et les autorités de transition pour la préparation, l'organisation et la gestion des élections.

    Selon les résultats provisoires qui ont été annoncés jeudi, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a été élu Président. Les élections sont considérées comme une étape importante sur la voie de la reconstruction du Mali qui, depuis le début de 2012, a fait à un coup d'État militaire, la reprise des combats entre les forces gouvernementales et les rebelles touaregs, et l'occupation du nord du pays par des islamistes radicaux.

    Les 15 membres du Conseil ont réitéré l'appel à tous les signataires de l'accord de Ouagadougou du 18 juin à mettre pleinement en œuvre ses dispositions, y compris le lancement des pourparlers de paix avec l'ensemble des communautés du nord du Mali, et ce dans les délais prévus.

    L'accord, signé dans la capitale du Burkina Faso, prévoit un cessez-le-feu immédiat et engage les parties prenantes à engager des pourparlers de paix par un dialogue inclusif qui aura lieu après l'élection.

    Les membres du Conseil ont également appelé à l'organisation d'élections législatives libres, transparentes et inclusives, et ont souligné l'importance du dialogue national et de la réconciliation.


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    Source: ICRC
    Country: Burkina Faso, Mali

    In June 2013, farmers and livestock breeders in Oudalan Province, northern Burkina Faso, received food aid from the Burkinabé Red Cross Society, with support from the ICRC. Burkina Faso has been facing the consequences of the crisis in Mali since 2012, and has taken in almost 50,000 refugees. This influx is exacerbating the already difficult economic situation of people in the country.

    View the slideshow


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    Source: UN Children's Fund
    Country: Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan
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    Highlights

     69,790 new admissions of Severe Acute Malnutrition have been registered as of June, representing 55.4% of the 147,000 admissions expected in 2013.

     UNICEF has provided support to 439 Nutrition Centers in Chad across the Sahel Belt

     Overall, 30,000 Sudanese refugees and 10,000 refugees from CAR registered during the first semester. Some 22,000 Chadian returnees from Darfur settled around Tissi in Sila region

     Following a period of relative calm in June, a new wave of 1,870 people including Nigerian refugees arrived in Ngouboua allegedly fleeing renewed fighting between the army and militants. According to Nigerian refugees, the closure of the border between Nigeria and Chad is preventing many families from crossing to Chad

     The humanitarian response to the Tissi emergency is ongoing with a focus on prevention activities against malaria, cholera, hepatitis, diarrhea, which are frequent diseases during the rainy season in Chad


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    Source: Assessment Capacities Project
    Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Uganda, World, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of)
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    Snapshot 12 – 19 August

    In Syria, fighting between governmental forces and opposition groups has been concentrated in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Lattakia and Rural Damascus this week. Meanwhile, infighting is ongoing within the opposition. As during previous weeks, FSA forces have clashed with Islamist opposition groups on multiple occasions while Kurdish groups continued to fight with Islamist groups in the north of the country. The mass influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries is ongoing. As of 19 August, over 1.9 million Syrians had fled the country.

    Last week saw one of the largest mass displacements of refugees since the beginning of the crisis: Iraq experienced a sudden influx of Syrian refugees between 15 and 19 August. Over 20,000 refugees are reported to have entered northern Iraq through the Peshkabour crossing, according to UNHCR.

    Following its passage across the Philippines on 12 August, the Typhoon Utor hit southeastern Guangdong province in China on 14 August. As of 19 August, the Typhoon and following rains have affected an estimated 4 million people in China after having affected over 380,000 in the Philippines.

    In parallel, the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang in north-eastern China, near the border with Russia, have been hit by severe flooding in mid-August. To date, over 3.5 million people were reportedly affected in the area.

    In Laos, two tropical storms caused flooding that affected 44,000 people in the northern provinces of Oudomxay, Xayabuly, Xiengkhoung and Bolikhamxay, and in the central province of Khammoune. To date, information on damages remains limited.

    As of 16 August, according to OCHA, heavy rains have displaced at least 150,000 people across nine states in Sudan. Immediate needs include emergency shelter, health and water and sanitation services.


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    Source: ICRC
    Country: Burkina Faso

    19-08-2013 Collection de photos

    Au mois de juin 2013, des agriculteurs et éleveurs de la province de l'Oudalan, dans le nord du Burkina Faso, ont reçu une aide alimentaire de la Croix-Rouge burkinabé, avec le soutien du CICR. Depuis 2012, le Burkina Faso fait face aux conséquences de la crise au Mali en accueillant près de 50 000 réfugiés. Cet afflux fragilise une situation économique déjà précaire pour les populations résidentes.

    Voir le diaporama


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Nigeria
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    Sorghum, maize, millet, cowpea, gari (fermented cassava starch), and rice are all found in Nigerian markets. Sorghum, millet and maize are widely consumed by most households, but especially in the north, and are used by various industries. Maize is mainly used by the poultry industry as a raw material for feed while sorghum is used by breweries for producing beverages. Sorghum and millet are important for households in the north, particularly the border markets where millet is also heavily traded with Niger. Gari is widely consumed by households in the south and some in the north. Rice is produced and consumed throughout the country. The north is a major production and consumption area for cowpea which flows to the south for use by households and food processing industries. Ilela, Maidua, and Damasak are all critical cross-border markets with Niger. Saminaka, Giwa, Dandume, and Kaura are important grain markets in the north, which are interconnected with the Dawanu market in Kano, the largest wholesale market in West Africa, and some southern markets such as the Bodija market in Ibadan. Millet, sorghum, maize, and cowpea are among the most important cereals traded at Dawanu, while cassava and some cereals are traded with Bodija.


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    Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
    Country: Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Zimbabwe, South Sudan (Republic of)

    THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

    Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

    Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

    Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof,

    Having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 (hereinafter referred to as 'the Financial Regulation')3 , and in particular Article 84(2) thereof;

    Whereas:

    (1) Commission Decision C(2012)9883 adopted on 4 January 2013 provides for the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2013 general budget of the European Union for a total amount of EUR 661 419 000 from budget articles 23 02 01, 23 02 02 and 23 02 03. The implementation period of this Decision runs from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2014. This amount was raised to EUR 826 637 746 by Decision C(2013) 3445 adopted on 11 June 2013.

    (2) The Commission is committed to providing a humanitarian response in those areas where there are the greatest humanitarian needs. Accordingly, the humanitarian response may be subject to reorientation or scaling-up in the course of the implementation of actions when required by changing circumstances in the field which might affect existing humanitarian needs or generate new needs.

    (3) The global humanitarian context has been characterised by an increase in humanitarian needs in the context of both man made crises in locations such as Sudan and South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sahel, Syria, Pakistan as well as epidemics. Budgetary allocations within the specific objective should be revised accordingly, without prejudice to the flexibility for non-substantial changes to be adopted by the delegated authorising officer.


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    Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
    Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe, South Sudan (Republic of)

    LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE,

    vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne,

    vu le règlement (CE) nº 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire1 (ci-après le «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire»), et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,

    vu la décision 2001/822/CE du Conseil du 27 novembre 2001 relative à l’association des pays et territoires d’outre-mer à la Communauté européenne («décision d’association d’outremer»)2 , et notamment ses articles 21 et 30, vu le règlement (UE, Euratom) n° 966/2012 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 25 octobre 2012 relatif aux règles financières applicables au budget général de l'Union et abrogeant le règlement (CE, Euratom) n° 1605/2002 du Conseil (ci-après le «règlement financier»)3 , et notamment son article 84, paragraphe 2,

    considérant ce qui suit:

    (1) La décision C(2012) 9883 de la Commission, adoptée le 4 janvier 2013, prévoit le financement des priorités opérationnelles de l’aide humanitaire sur le budget général 2013 de l’Union européenne pour un montant total de 661 419 000 EUR au titre des articles 23 02 01, 23 02 02 et 23 02 03. La période de mise en œuvre de ladite décision s’étend du 1er janvier 2013 au 31 décembre 2014. Ce montant a été porté à 826 637 746 EUR par la décision C(2013) 3445 adoptée le 11 juin 2013.

    (2) La Commission s’est engagée à apporter une aide humanitaire dans les régions où les besoins sont les plus grands. En conséquence, l’aide humanitaire peut être réorientée ou revue à la hausse au cours de la mise en œuvre des actions, en fonction de l’évolution de la situation sur le terrain qui peut entraîner une modification des besoins humanitaires existants ou en créer de nouveaux.

    (3) Le contexte humanitaire mondial a été marqué par une augmentation des besoins humanitaires dans le cadre tant de crises d’origine humaine, dans des lieux tels que leSoudan et le Soudan du Sud, le Tchad, la République centrafricaine, la République démocratique du Congo, l’Éthiopie, la Somalie, le Sahel, la Syrie et le Pakistan, que d’épidémies. Les enveloppes budgétaires correspondant aux objectifs spécifiques devraient être revues en conséquence, sans préjudice de la flexibilité permettant à l’ordonnateur délégué d’adopter des modifications non substantielles.

    (4) Afin d’adapter la réaction humanitaire à l’évolution des priorités opérationnelles de l’aide humanitaire, il convient d’augmenter le montant total de la décision C(2012) 9883 de 317 000 000 EUR, dont 303 500 000 EUR au titre de l’article 23 02 01 du budget et 13 500 000 EUR au titre de l’article 23 02 02, de répartir ce financement supplémentaire entre les objectifs spécifiques définis dans ladite décision et de modifier celle-ci en conséquence. La Commission peut reconnaître et accepter des contributions d’autres bailleurs de fonds conformément à l’article 21, article 2, point b), du règlement financier, sous réserve de la signature de l’accord correspondant, et elle devrait décider de l’utilisation de ces contributions.

    (5) La présente décision satisfait aux conditions énoncées à l'article 94 du règlement délégué (UE) n° 1268/2012 de la Commission du 29 octobre 2012 relatif aux règles d’application du règlement (UE, Euratom) n° 966/2012 du Parlement européen et du Conseil relatif aux règles financières applicables au budget général de l’Union (ci-après les «règles d’application»)4 .

    (6) Les mesures prévues par la présente décision sont conformes à l’avis du comité de l’aide humanitaire institué par l’article 17, paragraphe 1, du règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire,


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Burkina Faso
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    Source: UN Children's Fund
    Country: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
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    Situation update

    While the recent presidential election in Mali was relatively calm, the security situation in the North of Mali remains volatile. The situation in Mali and neighboring countries remains of great concern. Population movement, including the possible return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), is still unpredictable.

    In the first half of 2013 UNICEF has scaled-up treatment of children under 5 suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Women and children affected by the crisis have benefited from improved access to clean water and health services. Regional collaboration has been established to align cross-border education and child protection programming. UNICEF requires ongoing support to maintain and scale-up humanitarian assistance for women and children.


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    Source: Agence France-Presse
    Country: Algeria, Mali

    08/20/2013 14:18 GMT

    ALGIERS, August 20, 2013 (AFP) - Deadly clashes between Arabs and Tuareg raged on into a second week in an Algerian border town on Tuesday, with another eight people killed, Algerian media reported.

    The bloodshed in Bordj Badji Mokhtar stoked fears of a spillover of violence from neighbouring Mali, where a longstanding Tuareg rebellion was overtaken by jihadists, prompting French-led international intervention earlier this year.

    The French-language El Watan newspaper said that rival Arab and Tuareg militia had been involved in the fighting rocking the small garrison town in Algeria's far-flung desert south.

    Hospital sources said two people were killed on Monday when a man drove a 4X4 vehicle into a crowd, the paper reported.

    Another six people were killed in the town on Sunday. In all, 23 people have died in the week-long violence between members of the Arab Brabiche and Tuareg Idnan tribes.

    The government in Algiers, some 2,200 kilometres (1,375 miles) away on the Mediterranean coast, dispatched 1,500 special forces troops to try to restore order.

    Representatives of the rival sides had reached agreement on a truce late on Friday but it failed to take effect on the ground.

    The fighting caused severe damage to businesses that serve a vast region of surrounding desert and the town is now "completely isolated," the paper said.

    The desert south of Algeria has a significant Tuareg community which straddles the border with neighbouring Mali and Niger.

    Al-Qaeda-inspired unrest across the Sahel has stoked tensions between Arabs and Tuareg.

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    Source: Christian Science Monitor
    Country: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, South Sudan (Republic of)

    On Aug. 19, 2003, a cement mixer filled with explosives slammed into the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 17 people, including the top UN envoy to the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The tragedy underscored the persistent danger of humanitarian aid work in conflict zones, and prompted the UN to begin annually marking Aug. 19 as “World Humanitarian Day.”

    Read the full report


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    Source: IFRC
    Country: Senegal

    By Katie Robinson, Canadian Red Cross

    Mayel Diagne is a 48-year-old father of five from Ndoye Diagne, a small community in northern Senegal. Following the erratic rainfall during the 2011-2012 cropping season, Mayel and his family found themselves struggling to eat and pay for family expenses like school and health care.

    “I support my family by farming,” says Mayel. “When I am unable to grow crops to sell or feed my family, I have nothing.”

    Drought has been chronic in several locations in North and Central parts of Senegal. Due to the severity of the lack of rainfall in 2011 that continued into 2012, the majority of affected households have been relying on an array of coping mechanisms that include family members seeking temporary work in cities, households reducing the number – or quality – of meals, and families resorting to selling their assets such as animals or land.

    The Senegalese Red Cross Society aims to save lives and protect livelihoods to build resilience and minimize the impact of future droughts. This means providing emergency food and cash vouchers and screening acutely malnourished children, but also helping communities and families improve their income and resilience through appropriate farming practices and small business schemes.

    Mayel received food, seeds for rice and millet, and gardening tools from the Red Cross. He is now growing crops with seeds purchased from the profit he made from selling the earlier harvest.

    “I am very thankful for the help I received from the Red Cross,” Mayel says. “All of the assistance was helpful, especially the gardening tools. Before the Red Cross provided these tools, I had to rent them. We didn’t have enough in the community to go around and we had to share. Now I can tend to my garden whenever I need to.”


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    Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
    Country: Mali

    20/8/2013 – Imagine. It’s after 6pm. You’re about to go into labour but something is wrong. You need to get to the hospital. But there’s no way of passing the first check-point and you end up delivering the baby at home, without any professional help. This happened last June in Ansongo, north of Gao, after the Malian army retook control over the town in January 2013.

    “The woman gave birth at home but suffered serious complications. She was transferred to the hospital for treatment days later. The non-governmental organization that works at the hospital took issue with the soldiers’ conduct. “Since then we’ve put into place a specific standing operating procedure (SOP) to ensure that the military allow medical and humanitarian emergencies during curfew,” says El Hadji Ibrahima Diene, better known as Boly. As a United Nations’ expert in civil-military coordination (UN CMCoord) for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Bamako, he’s a go-between whose main task is to make the military understand and respect humanitarian action and principles.

    “It’s not easy. They do not understand why humanitarians stigmatize them, why they don’t want to be seen with them, but come running when the situation deteriorates. I tell them it’s not a question of disdain, but because there’s a need for a clear separation between military and humanitarian action to avoid any confusion that could be detrimental to people in need.”

    Blatant breaches of humanitarian principles didn’t stop with the ‘checkpoint incident’. When armed soldiers entered a hospital, they didn’t realize or care that this was a violation of humanitarian space; the notion that hospitals are to be safe and neutral spaces where weapons are not permitted did not seem to occur to them.

    In the volatile context of Mali’s northern region, characterized as it is by power shifts, suicide attacks and widespread suspicion, both those who provide humanitarian assistance and those who receive it continue to be extremely vulnerable. This is why, in the aftermath of the military intervention, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO) urged OCHA to ensure that adequate coordination mechanisms with the military be set up.

    Patrick Barbier, ECHO’s Mali representative, explains: “The situation continues to be tense with certain ethnic groups accused of complicity with the armed groups that have been chased. This could spill over into reprisals, including by the Malian army. So when we heard of plans for an EU training mission to improve the capacity of the Malian army, we strongly advocated for humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law to be included in the package.”

    The EU Training Mission-Mali (EUTM-M) hired Cynthia Petrigh and six other civilian trainers in order to develop and deliver an extensive training programme focusing on these issues as well as human rights, gender-based violence and the protection of women, children and refugees.

    Where the need to protect the life of a pregnant woman is generally well understood during classes, this is not so when Cynthia explains the need to resist temptations of retaliation.

    “Why do we have to treat the ‘rebels’ well when they massacred our comrades in front of our eyes?” is one of the questions that regularly pops up. Cynthia replies by pointing out their responsibilities as regular army soldiers and by highlighting that the mistreatment of injured or ex-combatants and prisoners of wars amounts to war crimes, now also under investigation by the International Criminal Court.

    “After the more theoretic classes, we organize practicals with real-life scenarios. We observe their behaviour during role-play and rectify where needed. We build the scenarios based on experiences reported back to us by humanitarians in the field,” says Cynthia. “That’s how I and other instructors end up disguised as injured opponents or as displaced civilians.”

    The collaboration with OCHA has been fruitful according to Cynthia who believes that principles of civil-military coordination are of particular relevance to the context.

    “It’s important for us to hear back from humanitarian workers who work up north about how the coordination is faring and should any incidents occur,” she says. “We obviously do not expect things to be perfect, but by training these soldiers we do our best and hope there will be fewer incidents than if we hadn’t trained them.”

    The EUTM-M has been underway since February 2013 and includes 200 EU trainers from 13 countries who are not involved in combat operations. The only civilian trainer deployed with EUTM-M leads on the delivery of a training package on international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights and gender-based violence (GBV). She does this in close collaboration with UN agencies such as OCHA and UNICEF. Four battalions of approximately 700 men each spend 10 weeks at a training camp where, every Saturday, soldiers participate in group sessions and practical exercises given by the trainer and guest trainers from UN agencies.

    ECHO is helping to provide International Humanitarian Law training so that the role of humanitarians can be fully respected. See this for more.

    By Anouk Delafortrie, Regional Information Officer in Dakar


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  • 08/20/13--09:00: Mali: Le CICR au Mali
  • Source: ICRC
    Country: Libya, Mali

    Au Mali, le CICR vient en aide aux personnes qui subissent les effets combinés du conflit armé et de la crise alimentaire.

    Assistance aux malades et aux blessés

    Dans le nord du Mali, le CICR s’emploie à faciliter l’accès des blessés de guerre aux soins d’urgence. L’hôpital de Gao est de nouveau opérationnel grâce au soutien du CICR.

    Le CICR apporte son appui à des structures médicales au Mali. Il a aussi offert son concours à l’occasion de la Journée nationale de vaccination contre la polio.

    Visite de lieux de détention

    Le CICR visite des personnes détenues par l’armée malienne et les autres acteurs en présence par suite du conflit dans le nord du Mali, et facilite le retour chez eux de détenus libérés.

    Un accord signé avec le gouvernement malien en avril 2013 autorise le CICR à se rendre dans tous les lieux de détention du pays et contribue à faciliter les activités de l’institution en faveur des détenus.

    Assistance aux détenus et aux réfugiés maliens

    Le CICR et la Croix-Rouge malienne fournissent des vivres, des abris et des soins de santé aux personnes déplacées et aux habitants des régions de Gao, Kidal et Tombouctou. Plus au sud, les deux organisations viennent en aide aux déplacés qui ont fui vers les régions de Ségou, Sikasso et Mopti.

    Le conflit qui touche le nord du Mali a contraint beaucoup de personnes à se réfugier dans les pays voisins. Le CICR et les Sociétés nationales des pays concernés procurent des vivres et des articles de première nécessité aux réfugiés maliens qui, une fois de retour au pays, reçoivent une aide similaire.

    De nombreuses personnes déplacées et beaucoup de réfugiés ont pu rester en contact avec leurs familles grâce aux messages Croix-Rouge échangés avec le soutien de la Croix-Rouge malienne.

    Approvisionnement en eau potable

    Dans le nord du Mali, le CICR fournit du carburant aux stations de distribution d’eau de Gao, Kidal et Tombouctou afin qu’elles puissent assurer l’approvisionnement en eau potable de ces villes.

    Atténuer les effets de la crise alimentaireLe CICR et la Croix-Rouge malienne distribuent des vivres à près d’un demi-million de personnes dans le nord du pays. Après une interruption en raison de la précarité de la situation de sécurité, les distributions ont repris à la mi-juillet 2012.

    Grâce au soutien du CICR, des millions de têtes de bétail ont été vaccinées et traitées contre les parasites. Du fourrage a également été distribué. Les animaux les plus faibles sont achetés à un prix avantageux pour être abattus. La viande est ensuite distribuée aux plus nécessiteux. Les revenus de la vente des animaux permettent aux fermiers d’acheter des céréales.

    Soutien aux migrants de retour de Libye

    Le conflit armé en Libye a forcé des migrants, dont beaucoup de Maliens, à retourner chez eux via le Niger. Le CICR, en coopération avec la Croix-Rouge nigérienne, a installé des abris et un centre de transit à leur intention. Ils y reçoivent de la nourriture, ont accès à des moyens de transport et ont la possibilité de communiquer avec leurs familles.

    Promotion du droit international humanitaire

    Le CICR s’emploie à promouvoir le droit international humanitaire dans les rangs des forces armées et auprès d’autres porteurs d’armes, et il encourage sa mise en œuvre par les autorités.


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    Source: The Global Fund
    Country: Niger

    20 August 2013

    GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has signed a 13.5 million euro grant agreement that will intensify efforts to provide families with mosquito nets and improve the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in Niger.

    Malaria is a major cause of high child mortality in Niger. One in every eight children that are born dies before reaching five years of age; there are also 650 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births.

    This new and additional funding, the first to be signed since early 2011, will finance the procurement of: 1.65 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets; 4.69 million rapid diagnostic kits for malaria; and 1.49 million doses of artemisinin-based combination therapies. This grant will be implemented by Catholic Relief Services as Principal Recipient, in close collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program.

    The signing of this funding follows the restructuring of the grant portfolio after financial irregularities were discovered, leading to an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General. Risk mitigation measures put in place include use of pooled procurement for all core health products, appointment of an international fiscal agent and a widening of the scope of the Local Fund Agent’s role.

    “We are very happy that with the risk mitigation measures that we have in place we are now able to bring new funding to Niger,” said Lelio Marmora, the Global Fund's Department Head for Africa and the Middle East.

    The mosquito nets will be handed out to the population in 2 of the country’s 8 geographical regions in a mass distribution campaign.

    For more information, please contact:

    Ibon Villelabeitia
    Mobile: +41 79 292 54 26
    E-mail: ibon.villelabeitia@theglobalfund.org


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    Source: Médecins Sans Frontières
    Country: Niger

    In 2013, children have suffered exceptionally high levels of malnutrition in some regions in Niger, mainly in the Maradi region. At Madarounfa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been caring for nearly twice as many malnourished children as it did during the same period in 2012 (5,455 compared to 3,985).

    Dr. Chantal Gamba, who runs MSF’s programs in Niger, says that many of these children are suffering from marasmus, a severe form of malnutrition with oedema, as well as dehydration or severe malaria.

    “Given this increase in our activities, MSF has had to change the way it works: we have organized more hospital space to accept more children and we have provided the human and material resources to assure the extra care.”

    Figures from the Niger authorities show that Maradi is the only region of Niger affected by pockets of malnutrition. Despite the difficulties in Maradi, the welcome news is that the overall nutritional condition of under-fives in Niger has improved slightly in 2013.

    The data shows that acute malnutrition is at 13.3 percent nationally, with severe acute cases at 2.6 percent. This means that 376,000 children are suffering from malnutrition, 77,000 of them from the severest form of the disease.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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    Staple food prices expected to remain high in response to tighter regional supplies

    KEY MESSAGES

    • Although most parts of the region will remain food secure during the July to September period, there are pockets of acute food insecurity in areas that experienced reduced harvests due to mid-season dry spells and or flooding. Food access in these areas is already problematic for some households, and the lean season is expected to begin earlier than the normal October/November start.

    • From July through September, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are expected in localized parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. However, food security is expected to improve in affected areas of Zimbabwe during the October to December period due to the start of seasonal targeted assistance and other safety-net programming in deficit areas.

    • Food prices in some of the region’s most productive areas continue to decrease or stabilize, following normal post-harvest seasonal trends. In deficit areas food prices are rising steeply even while harvests are still on-going, a pattern that is atypical for this time of the marketing year.

    • The 2013 national vulnerability assessments findings released in July point to increased levels of food insecurity across the region. Most countries have recorded higher numbers of acutely food insecure populations and a much wider geographic distribution of affected areas compared to the past three years. Namibia has the highest level with 48 percent of its rural population assessed as requiring food assistance.


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    Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
    Country: Mali

    20/8/2013 – Sékou Oumar Diarra est un des 7 formateurs de l´équipe de sensibilisation aux questions humanitaires destinées aux forces armées présentes au Mali. Il fait partie de l´UNICEF, un des organismes des Nations Unies qui participent au programme de sensibilisation humanitaire aux bataillons du Mali dans le cadre de la mission de formation de l´Union Européenne (EUTM).

    La sensibilisation au droit international humanitaire (DIH) au sein de la mission de formation de l’Union Européenne (EUTM Mali) a été initiée suite à la démarche du département d´aide humanitaire et protection civile de la Commission Européenne (DG ECHO). Après l’accord des planificateurs et les Etats-Membres sur l´introduction de la composante humanitaire dans les formations militaires, la DG ECHO s’est aussi assuré que la mission au Mali prenne contact avec les organisations humanitaires possédant l’expertise dans la domaine.

    La formation humanitaire a pour objectif principal de sensibiliser les soldats maliens aux droits humanitaires et aux devoirs du combattant dans le cadre d´un conflit vis- à vis de la population civile, des femmes, des enfants des détenus civils et des prisonniers de guerre.

    Pendant 4 mois, de mars à juin, l´Unité de coordination civil-militaire d´OCHA Mali a coordonné les sessions de sensibilisation qui abordaient, entre autres questions humanitaires, la protection de l'enfant.

    Sékou Oumar Diarra a pris part aux sessions qui se sont tenues à Koulikoro, la capitale de la deuxième région administrative du Mali, se trouvant à 60 km à l´Ouest de la capitale. “La première session a touché le 11 mai 2013 environ 420 soldats des Forces Armées Maliennes (FAMA) du premier contingent”, affirme Diarra.

    “C’était émouvant de voir de jeunes soldats Maliens qui avaient au départ beaucoup de ressentiment et de colère à l’encontre d’enfants ayant pris part au conflit ou qui étaient supposés avoir eu des relations avec les groupes armés revoir leurs positions et devenir très conciliants”, assure Diarra. “Cette formation met à la disposition des soldats, des sous-officiers et des officiers des informations de base leur permettant d’améliorer leurs pratiques”, continue Diarra. “Le changement peut prendre du temps mais le fait de donner la bonne information aux bonnes personnes et au bon moment peut aboutir à un changement positif dans la gestion des enfants en période de conflit armé”.

    “C’était un sujet nouveau pour eux, mais ils ont montré beaucoup d’enthousiasme à répondre à des questions concrètes sur des situations déjà vécues pour certains et à poser des questions dans une ambiance décontractée, bon enfant, mais toujours studieuse”, conclut Omar Diarra.

    Les sessions formatives ont compté aussi avec l´appui du HCR, du FNUAP, de ONU-Femmes et du OHCHR qui ont focalisé l´attention des soldats sur les femmes, les déplacés et réfugiés et le droit international humanitaire.

    Esther Huerta Garcia Communication Officer for West Africa, ECHO


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