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    Source: UN Secretary-General
    Country: Mali

    SG/A/1567-BIO/4721-PKO/483

    Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe, en tant que Représentante spéciale adjointe pour la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA), où elle assumera également les fonctions de Coordonnatrice résidente des Nations Unies, de Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire et de Coordonnatrice résidente du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD).

    Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe succède à M. David Gressly, des États-Unis, qui avait occupé le poste de Représentant spécial adjoint de juillet 2013 à avril 2015. Le Secrétaire général exprime sa reconnaissance à M. Gressly pour le travail remarquable qu’il a fourni à un moment crucial dans l’histoire du Mali et lors de l’établissement de la MINUSMA.

    Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe apporte avec elle plus d’une vingtaine d’années d’expérience dans les domaines humanitaire et du développement au sein des Nations Unies, axée en particulier sur l’Afrique. De 2001 à 2011, elle était Coordonnatrice résidente et Représentante résidente du PNUD au Bénin, à Djibouti, en Guinée et au Mali. Elle avait été nommée Sous-Secrétaire générale pour la sûreté et la sécurité en 2011.

    Née en 1959, Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe est titulaire d’une maîtrise en économie de l’Université du Burundi, ainsi que d’une maîtrise en gestion et administration des affaires de l’Arthur D. Little School of Management, connue désormais sous le nom de Hult International Business School, aux États-Unis.

    À l’intention des organes d’information • Document non officiel.


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    Source: UN General Assembly
    Country: Mali

    AG/AB/4154

    Première partie de la reprise de session, 37e séance – matin
    Assemblée générale
    Couverture des réunions

    La Cinquième Commission, chargée des questions administratives et budgétaires, était saisie ce matin d’une proposition demandant que le budget annuel de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) soit augmenté de 10% pour l’exercice budgétaire allant du 1er juillet 2014 au 30 juin 2015.

    Présentant le rapport1 du Comité consultatif pour les questions administratives et budgétaires (CCQAB), son Président, M. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, s’est dit favorable à ce qu’une augmentation de 80,3 millions de dollars soit apportée au budget initial de 830,7 millions pour couvrir notamment les frais de fonctionnement d’une force composée de 11 200 militaires, dont l’effectif des bataillons de réserve qui peuvent être déployés rapidement à l’intérieur du pays, et 1 440 policiers. Il a noté que cette augmentation répondait aussi à la nécessité, pour la Mission, d’étendre sa présence dans le nord du Mali bien au-delà des centres urbains.

    Présentant le rapport2 du Secrétaire général, Mme Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Contrôleur des Nations Unies, a expliqué que dans un contexte caractérisé par des menaces croissantes et par la multiplication par quatre, en 2014 et 2013, du nombre d’engins explosifs improvisés auxquels la MINUSMA a eu à faire face, 70 millions de dollars seront consacrés à la construction de facilités et d’infrastructures et 10 millions à la détection de mines.

    Mme Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas a expliqué que les Normes comptables internationales pour le secteur public (IPSAS) permettaient d’établir plus de transparence et de redevabilité tout en permettant qu’il soit possible de fournir aux délégués des informations supplémentaires et plus précises.

    Au cours de la séance de travail de ce matin, les représentants du Groupe des 77 et de la Chine et du Groupe des États d’Afrique ont exprimé leur désaccord, face à une proposition faite par l’administration de l’ONU au Comité des commissaires aux comptes. Cette proposition suggère qu’un seul document soit présenté sur les états financiers de trois entités, à savoir les deux Tribunaux pénaux internationaux pour l’ex-Yougoslavie et le Rwanda, et le Mécanisme international appelé à exercer les fonctions résiduelles de ces tribunaux. Le Groupe des 77 et la Chine, puis la délégation de la République-Unie de Tanzanie, ont estimé que cette option risquait de porter atteinte à la transparence et à la responsabilisation s’agissant des aspects financiers et autres éléments administratifs de ces entités.

    Pour répondre à ces observations, le Contrôleur des Nations Unies, Mme Bartsiotas a assuré que le Secrétaire général présenterait ces états financiers d’une manière équitable et conforme aux Normes IPSAS. Elle a précisé que les états financiers seraient établis séparément et seraient ensuite réunis dans un seul document, ce qui a suscité une question de la délégation de Cuba. « Si cette proposition a pour objectif de présenter le même volume d’information, pourquoi doit-on regrouper ces informations dans un même document? » a demandé Cuba.

    La prochaine réunion de la Cinquième Commission sera annoncée dans le Journal des Nations Unies.

    1A/69/889

    2A/69/828

    À l’intention des organes d’information • Document non officiel.


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    Source: International Organization for Migration
    Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad

    Chad - Trois ans depuis le début du conflit au République centrafricaine (RCA), l’OIM continue d’aider les migrants tchadiens bloqués au Cameroun, qui ont fui la RCA et qui souhaitent rentrer chez eux. Pendant le week-end du 2 et 3 mai, l’OIM a transporté 179 migrants tchadiens depuis le Cameroun vers le Tchad par la route.

    Les migrants ont été logés au centre de transit de Djako, au sud du Tchad. Le site est géré par l’OIM. Le PAM fournit de la nourriture, l’UNICEF fournit des services d’eau, d’assainissement et d’hygiène (WASH) et le Comité de secours international dispense des services médicaux.

    En raison de la crise en RCA en décembre 2013, des centaines de milliers de migrants ont été contraints de fuir pour survivre, soit en retournant dans leur pays d’origine, soit en trouvant refuge dans les pays voisins, notamment le Tchad, le Cameroun, le Niger et le Congo Brazzaville.

    Les migrants d’origine tchadienne ont été les plus touchés par la crise. Bon nombre ont réussi à retourner au Tchad par leurs propres moyens, tandis que d’autres ont été aidés par le gouvernement tchadien ou par l’OIM.

    A la demande de plusieurs gouvernements, l’OIM a également permis le retour chez eux de ressortissants bloqués dans les pays voisins de la RCA, principalement au Cameroun et au Congo Brazzaville.

    « Pendant toute l’année écoulée, nous avons assuré le transport et le retour en toute sécurité de centaines de migrants dans leur pays d’origine, soit par la route, soit par avion », a déclaré le Dr. Qasim Sufi, chef de mission de l’OIM au Tchad.

    « Il a fallu longtemps pour que les autorités tchadiennes approuvent la demande de rapatriement de ce groupe en raison des problèmes de sécurité posés par l’insurrection de Boko Haram dans la sous-région, qui a forcé le gouvernement du Tchad à fermer officiellement toutes ses frontières avec les pays voisins. »

    En décembre 2014, l’OIM au Cameroun a reçu des fonds supplémentaires de la part du Fonds central des Nations Unies pour les interventions d’urgence (CERF) afin de faciliter le retour de 600 ressortissants de pays tiers et migrants du Tchad, du Mali, du Sénégal, du Niger, du Nigéria, du Burkina Faso, du Soudan, de Côte-d’Ivoire, du Libéria, de République du Congo et de République démocratique du Congo, qui avaient fui la crise en RCA. Les ressortissants de pays tiers et les migrants étaient bloqués à Kentzou, à Libongo, à Bela, à Yokadouma et à Garou Boulai, à l’est du Cameroun.

    L’OIM, l’Ambassade du Tchad au Cameroun, les autorités camerounaises et tchadiennes ont œuvré ensemble pour garantir le retour des migrants au Tchad en toute sécurité.

    Le gouvernement du Tchad et la communauté humanitaire cherchent à réintégrer et à stabiliser les dizaines de milliers de rapatriés qui ont fui la RCA et qui sont depuis rentrés au Tchad. La majorité des plus de 100 000 Tchadiens rentrés de RCA sont actuellement hébergés dans des sites temporaires à N’Djamena et dans le sud du pays. Quelque 30 000 d’entre eux sont rentrés chez eux au Tchad.

    L’OIM recherche toujours des fonds supplémentaires pour répondre aux besoins à moyen et à plus long termes des migrants de retour au Tchad, notamment aux besoins de réintégration, de stabilisation communautaire, de cohésion sociale, de soutien psychosocial et de réunification familiale.

    Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter le Dr. Qasim Sufi, OIM Tchad, Tel: +235 62900674, Email: qsufi@iom.int. Ou Roger Charles Evina, OIM Cameroun, Tel: +237 652 23 46 40, Email: revina@iom.int


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Nigeria

    Situation Overview

    The third round of Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in support to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) shows that 1.5 million people are displaced within 86 accessible Local Governement Areas in the north eastern of Nigeria. Since the last assessment in January-February 2015, the total number of displaced in six north-eastern states has increased by more than 25 per cent as a result of contunued violence by Boko Haram affecting even the spontanous returnees to settle in their places of origin. Borno state is hosting the biggest number of IPDs (939,290). Children aged less than 18 are estimated at 855,555 (57 per cent of the IDP population) and more than half of them (an estimated 425,000) are five years old or younger.


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    Source: UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
    Country: Mali

    Bamako, le 10 mai 2015 - Aujourd'hui, vers 13h00, des Forces de la MINUSMA en patrouille ont heurté une mine ou engin explosif improvisé à 25 km de Tenenkou, dans la région de Mopti. Deux Casques bleus ont été grièvement blessés suite à l'explosion et leur évacuation à l'hôpital de la MINUSMA à Tombouctou est en cours.

    Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies et Chef de la MINUSMA, M. Mongi Hamdi, souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés.

    Il condamne fermement cette attaque ignoble contre les Soldats de la paix et souligne que la MINUSMA demeure plus déterminée que jamais à s'acquitter de son mandat en appui au Mali et à son peuple.


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    Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
    Country: Nigeria

    Emergency (IPC Phase 4) expected in worst-affected conflict areas of the northeast

    Key Messages

    Boko Haram conflict continues to lead to loss of lives, continued population displacement, and is a driver of elevated food insecurity in northeast Nigeria, as well as in neighboring regions in Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Affected resident and displaced populations, most notably in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, have limited access to their typical food and income sources. The continuing conflict also contributes to reduced market activity in the region.

    Between April and September, the number of areas in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity will increase in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States as more households begin to face food consumption gaps. Areas worst affected by conflict will begin to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity in July as a large proportion of households in these areas face greater food consumption gaps and higher risks for malnutrition and excess mortality.

    Outside of the northeast, most households across the country have good availability and access to their typical food and income sources. Most of the country is experiencing average or below-average prices for staple foods, contributing to good market access for market-dependent households. As such, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected between now and September.


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    Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization
    Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

    KEYS POINTS

    • Globally good agricultural production in the Sahel and West Africa 2014-2015 campaign.

    • The regional analysis of the Cadre harmonisé in March showed that 4,749,000 persons will be in a situation of food security crisis and emergency in the region from March to May 2015.

    • From June 2015, the nutritional situation in the Sahel may become worrying, as global acute malnutrition rates are expected to exceed the alert threshold (10 percent) in several areas, and may reach the emergency threshold (15 percent) in some places.

    • The humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries continue to deteriorate.


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    Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization
    Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

    L’ESSENTIEL

    • Des productions agricoles globalement satisfaisantes au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la campagne 2014-2015.

    • Selon l’analyse régionale du Cadre harmonisé de mars 2015, 4 749 000 personnes sont en situation de crise et d'urgence dans la région en mars et mai 2015.

    • A partir du mois de juin 2015, la situation nutritionnelle pourrait devenir préoccupante au Sahel, avec des taux de malnutrition aiguë globale qui pourraient dépasser le seuil d’alerte (10 pour cent) dans plusieurs zones, voire atteindre le seuil d’urgence (15 pour cent) par endroits.

    • La situation humanitaire au nord-est du Nigéria et dans les pays voisins continue de se détériorer.


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    Source: World Food Programme
    Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria

    • Bonne disponibilité suite à une campagne favorable et une demande à la baisse

    • Groupe cible a facilement accès aux marchés locaux par contre il possède un faible pouvoir d’achat

    • Détaillants flexibles et pouvant répondre à une capacité croissante pour le riz importé

    • Transport des vivres ne présente pas de menaces en cas de demande accrue

    • Valeur α calculée sur le maïs favorable aux transferts monétaires

    • Nécessité d’instaurer un système de suivi des prix, car les tendances restent mitigées


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    Source: Agence France-Presse
    Country: Nigeria

    MIchika, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 5/11/2015 - 10:46 GMT

    By Phil Hazlewood

    Spent bullets crunch underfoot, a raided bank lies in ruins and burned out cars and motorbikes dot the streets.

    Michika may now be free from Boko Haram but the town in the remote north of Nigeria's Adamawa state is eerily quiet and signs of the militants' presence are everywhere.

    Workshops are empty, markets deserted, shops and schools shut.

    "There is no God but Allah" is scrawled in Arabic on walls with chalk or paint. English and Hausa-language signs have been scrubbed out by the Islamists, who believed them to be "sinful", locals say.

    Angelina Linus fled Michika when Boko Haram arrived last September and spent seven months hiding in the mountains that overlook the town and Cameroon beyond. She returned in April when it was liberated.

    But even though the rebels have gone the almost deserted town is still under threat, she said.

    "We need help before the rains. We don't have anything. No medicine, no mattresses... everything is required," the 38-year-old told AFP.

    "Two of my four children are in (the state capital) Yola. I need them back but I have nothing to feed them, so they are better off staying there."

    "The rains may come but there's no way to farm because we don't have anything to cultivate," added Jamila Gambo, as civilian vigilantes manned a checkpoint with home-made weapons.

    "(If) there's no food at the end of the day, people will starve," said the 15-year-old.

    Blown-up bridges

    Michika's only link with communities further south and the state capital Yola 230 kilometres away (180 miles) is a single, potholed road.

    Further down the road, sections of a road bridge lie like a concertina, blown up by the Nigerian Army to try to halt the militants' progress.

    Cars, lorries and motorbikes are forced off the tarmac road down a dirt track to the banks of a river.

    Young men and boys wade in to push vehicles up the opposite side. Gears scrape and engines strain as the wheels emerge from the water.

    "By the time it rains again, this river will be flooded. They will be cut off," said Jacob Zambwa, a 45-year-old civil servant, pointing towards Michika.

    "There's nothing we can do. We don't have the funds to put a temporary bridge over the river."

    Two other bridges further south have also been blown up, forcing vehicles over currently dry riverbeds.

    Without the Boko Haram conflict, the parcels of flat farmland on either side of the road would be busy with preparations for the planting of crops such as beans, maize and sugar cane.

    But there are few locals to be seen and only the occasional fire burning away the scrub and dry leaves from the parched earth.

    Reminders of the fighting, however, are everywhere.

    A Soviet-era T55 tank, seized from the army and stencilled with the militants' black and white insignia, rusts in the southbound lane in the town of Bazza.

    On the outskirts of Uba, an evangelical church has been bombed to rubble. In Mararabar, a mosque is damaged. Walls almost everywhere are pockmarked by bullets and houses scorched by fire.

    Concerns about return

    Still, people are returning. Cars loaded with mattresses, white plastic chairs, buckets, shopping bags and tables are a regular sight now on the road.

    Many are those who fled Boko Haram, either to the homes of family members or friends elsewhere in the state and further afield or to internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps in Yola.

    The army says it has driven Boko Haram out of Adamawa, spurring many to come back, to assess for the first time the damage to their homes and resume their lives.

    Nearly three-quarters of the population are now back in the state's commercial capital, Mubi, which fell to Boko Haram last October and was recaptured in December with little resistance.

    Traders are back while staff at the Adamawa State University, which is based in the town, are set to return next week.

    But not many people from Michika or Madagali, further to the north, have dared to return yet. Those that have made the journey out of necessity -- to plant crops to have food for next year.

    But they face a precarious future, with their homes bombed out and possessions looted. In Michika, the town's only medical facility closed three weeks ago because of lack of drugs.

    The Adamawa Peace Initiative, which has been helping to feed hundreds of thousands of IDPs in Yola, is hoping to raise one billion naira ($5 million, 4.5 million euros) to rebuild the worst-affected communities.

    Imam Dauda Bello, from the group, described the situation in the north of the state as "desperate". "The rains come in two to three weeks," he said. "Something needs to be done now."

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    © 1994-2015 Agence France-Presse


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Niger, Nigeria

    According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the number of Nigerians that have arrived from the Niger side of Lake Chad now stands at about 11,000.

    This means the initial approximate number reported to be about 14,000 on 8 May has been revised. But even the current numbers are rough estimates and subject to change, say NEMA officials.

    According to NEMA, between 6,000 and 7,000 Nigerians have been transported to their states of origin in Nigeria, while between 3,000 and 4,000 returning Nigerians remain at the two transit camps in Geidam, a local government area (LGA) in Yobe state that borders Niger.

    Communication from Geidam remains problematic as mobile phone network towers were destroyed by Boko Haram, when it was in control of the LGA.

    According to authorities, most of the returnees were exhausted after having travelled through the desert. The returnees told Nigerian authorities that they were given an option to relocate to camps in Niger. Fearing what they perceived as “harsh conditions” in the Niger camps, they opted to return to Nigeria, some on foot, others on trucks and trailers at their cost. An unknown number of people have died in the journey back to Nigeria, according to the returnees.

    According to NEMA, the returnees are being provided with packages of food and non-food items as they leave Geidam for their respective states. The returnees are then screened at another transit camp in their states of origin before being transported to their communities.

    Most of the returnees are from Borno state, which already has almost a million (939,290) internally displaced persons (IDPs), who have been unable to go home to their villages. With the enormous caseload of IDPs, the state has opened another camp to house at least 4,000 returnees from Geidam in its capital Maiduguri, which already has more than half a million IDPs. According to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Borno, it is providing food, water and non-food items to the returnees. The State Women Affairs ministry is on the ground to address child protection concerns. The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF has provided medicines for treatment.

    Nigerians have been told to leave the islands that fall under Niger’s control because of a planned military action against Boko Haram, said local authorities.

    NEMA is expected to release a report of confirmed number of returnees by next week. As of now NEMA and the SEMAs are managing the situation.

    OCHA does not plan to issue a Situation Report. This may change if assessments reveal more serious needs.

    The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available. For more information, contact engborg@ un.org


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    Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
    Country: Nigeria

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria is training more than 30 persons from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency in Camp Ccoordination, Camp Mmanagement (CCCM).

    • UNHCR and NHRC completed a one-day training on the practical use of smartphones for protection monitors at Makurdi, Benue State, on 30 April 2015.

    • UNHCR has completed the distribution of Non Food Items (NFIs) in 5 North East States, Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe, meeting the projected target of 13000 households of 65000 individuals selected among the most vulnerable IDPs.

    • On the 6 May 2015, the humanitarian community in Nigeria met to discuss early recovery within the context of the displacement crisis in the country.


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    Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
    Country: Niger, Nigeria

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • The Niger authorities ordered the evacuation of the Islands of Lake Chad located on the South East of N’Guigmi Departement in order to proceed to military operations in the fight against the insurgents. This evacuation caused the displacement of around 30,000 people of Nigerien and Nigerian nationalities and third nationalities. Amongst this number 5,000 arrived in Diffa town and were installed in the MJC center (Maison de la Jeunesse et de la Culture).

    • These displaced people are mainly economic migrants and they returning to Nigeria and other countries. UNHCR is following this process to ensure the voluntary nature of their returns.


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    Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization
    Country: Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone

    Points essentiels :

    • Des productions agricoles globalement satisfaisantes au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la campagne 2014-2015.

    • Selon l’analyse régionale du Cadre harmonisé de mars 2015, 4 749 000 personnes sont en situation de crise et d'urgence dans la région en mars et mai 2015.

    • A partir du mois de juin 2015, la situation nutritionnelle pourrait devenir préoccupante au Sahel, avec des taux de malnutrition aiguë globale qui pourraient dépasser le seuil d’alerte (10 pour cent) dans plusieurs zones, voire atteindre le seuil d’urgence (15 pour cent) par endroits.

    • La situation humanitaire au nord-est du Nigéria et dans les pays voisins de se détériorer.


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Chad, Nigeria

    Analysis

    UNOSAT Surveyed 800 sq km on March 8-12-13 and 24. Findings suggest the following analysis

    1. 08/03/2015: No obvious large IDP/refugee settlements have have been identified.
      Only few located scattered temporary shelters as well as livestock may possibly be indicated

    2. 12-13/03/2015: A few scattered temporary shelters have been detected and higher presence of livestock all around. An area with a higher concentration of possible shelters is identified. the closest thing we have found to an IDP settlement.
      Coordinates are Lat: 13.298°, Long: 13.933°.

    3. 24/03/2015: Only scattered possible shelters have been identified but not big concentrations of them. In many cases shelters seen do not seem to be those of displaced people they are few in numbers quite scattered.


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    Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
    Country: Chad, Niger, Nigeria


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    Source: ACMAD
    Country: Algeria, Benin, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, World

    Highlights

    • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

    • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

    • During May-June-August 2015 near to above average temperature is very likely over southern Morocco, Algeria and Libya, northern Mauritania, Mali, northern Niger and Chad. From June to August, 2015, near to above average temperature is very likely over the most part of Niger, northern Chad, and most part of Sudan, Eastern Egypt and extreme southern Libya. In the same season near to above average temperature is likely over the whole Algeria, Tunisia, most part of Libya, eastern most part of Morocco and Western Egypt.


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    Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
    Country: Mali, Niger, Nigeria

    MAIN ACTIVITIES

    Protection

    • Nigeria situation: The 30th of April the Niger authorities ordered the evacuation of the Islands of Lake Chad located on the South East of N’Guigmi Departement in order to proceed to military operations in the fight against Boko Haram. It’s estimated that this evacuation will caused the displacement of around 30 000 people of Nigerien and Nigerian nationalities and third nationalities.

    Durable Solutions

    • Nigeria situation: The first delivery of land titles and houses to displaced person from Nigeria took place in the city of Maine Soroa. 1,000 households will benefit from the "urbanization program”. The beneficiaries of the intervention are displaced population but also the vulnerable local households. They are granted "social plots " of 200 m2 and a support for building these houses.

    Food Security and Nutrition

    • Mali situation: UNHCR conducted a research on the consequences of the food ration reduction for the refugees in the Refugee Hosting Area of Intikane. The reduction of the rations was realized due to the improvement of the socio-economic situation of the refugees. The research shows that the reduction doesn’t have negative impact on the food and nutritional situation of the refugees. However, continuous attention needs to be maintained.

    Shelter and NFIs

    • Nigeria situation: Several distributions for a total of 1,437 NFI kits were organized to the displaced population in the communes of Goudoumaria and Maine Soroa. This activity benefit to 8384 individuals. The NFI Kits are composed of blankets, mats, mosquito nets, jerrycans, soap…

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    Source: UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
    Country: Mali

    Bamako, le 11 mai 2015- Ce matin, aux environs 10h30, les Forces Armées maliennes ont été attaquées par la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) alors qu’elles étaient en patrouille sur l’axe Tombouctou- Goundam.

    Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies au Mali et Chef de la MINUSMA, M. Mongi Hamdi, condamne dans les termes les plus fermes cette attaque qui constitue une violation de l’Accord de Cessez-le-feu du 23 mai 2014 et ses modalités de mise en œuvre du 13 Juin 2014 ainsi que des Déclarations de cessation des hostilités signées à Alger le 24 juillet 2014 et le 19 février 2015.

    «La violence doit cesser immédiatement et j’exhorte toute les parties à démontrer leurs engagements sur le terrain dans le processus qui doit conduire à la signature d'un accord de paix le 15 mai, car une paix juste, durable et crédible ne peut être achevée que par les Maliens eux-mêmes », a déclaré M. Hamdi. « Je rappelle aux groupes responsables de violations du cessez-le-feu qu’ils ont une lourde responsabilité à assumer aussi bien vis-à-vis du peuple malien que de l’ensemble de la communauté internationale qui est unanime dans son appui au processus de paix, seule voie viable pour mettre fin à la crise qui continue de secouer le pays et qui n’a que trop duré» , a conclu M. Hamdi.


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    Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department, UN Children's Fund
    Country: Gambia

    Banjul, 8th May 2015 - The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is committed to saving the lives of more children in The Gambia through the provision of additional funding to UNICEF, totalling €549,957, as part of its support to the nutrition response in the Sahel.

    This is the latest in a series of contributions that ECHO has sent UNICEF since 2012 to support the country’s emergency nutrition response focussing on the prevention and treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in over 30,000 children five years of age in all regions of The Gambia. Malnutrition is a significant contributor to child morbidity and mortality in The Gambia.

    “UNICEF, the government of The Gambia and the children are extremely grateful to ECHO for its consistent contributions to improving the nutrition status of children,” said UNICEF’s Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge, Mr. Rupert Leighton. “The latest funding received from ECHO, with contribution from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UKaid), will enable UNICEF to target more vulnerable children with preventive measures as well as treatment and support.”

    In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Nutrition Agency, UNICEF will ensure that the funds received contribute to assessing the prevalence of malnutrition through a national nutrition survey using Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief Transitions (SMART) methods. Further, nutritional commodities and products such as Ready To Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) and milk powder will be provided to targeted SAM children under five while health workers will be trained on the management of SAM, promotion of improved Infant and Young Child Feeding practices and personal and household hygiene and sanitation to prevent malnutrition among children under five.

    Over the years, thanks to the support from ECHO and other partners, UNICEF, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Nutrition Agency have implemented life-saving nutrition interventions through both regular programming and as part of the nutrition response targeting particularly at-risk children. In addition to conducting a SMART survey every two years, health workers have been trained on assessing and managing SAM cases and products to support SAM treatment (drugs, therapeutic milk, RUTF) have been continually purchased. In 2012, ECHO funds allowed the National Nutrition Agency to revise and update the national protocol on the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) to align it with international standards.

    In 2014 alone, nearly 4,492 children with SAM were reached with therapeutic care and hygiene messages while 90 health workers were trained in inpatient management of SAM. Drugs for the treatment of SAM were also procured and support provided to expand IMAM sites from 14 to 19.

    About UNICEF and the EU

    UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF Gambia and its work visit: www.unicef.org/gambia Facebook www.facebook.com/unicefgambia

    Relations with the EU are based on principles enshrined in the Cotonou Agreement linked to dialogue and trade, as well as to development assistance. The EU supports the Gambia's poverty-reduction goals. During the period 2009-2014, the EU provided €73 million in aid under the European Development Fund to The Gambia. The Gambia also received aid from regional, intra-ACP and specific programmes, as well as EU humanitarian aid from ECHO to tackle consequences of the ongoing Sahel food and nutrition crisis.

    EU in the Gambia visit: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/gambia/index_en.htm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EUinTheGambia

    For more information, please contact:

    Sally Sadie Singhateh, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Gambia, Tel: 220 449 50 06, E-mail: ssinghateh@unicef.org

    Stanley Vitumbiko Mwase, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Gambia, Tel: 220 449 50 06, E-mail: svmwase@unicef.org

    Mathias Gaarmann, Press Officer, EU Delegation Gambia, Tel: 220 449 51 46, E-mail: Mathias.GAARMANN@eeas.europa.eu

    Cyprien Fabre, ECHO regional office Dakar. Email Cyprien.fabre@echofield.eu


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