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    Source: REACH Initiative
    Country: Chad


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    Source: Government of the Republic of Mali, Food Security Cluster
    Country: Mali

    A ce jour 3T950 de riz,7T900 de mil, 39,5kgs de sel, 156 sceaux en plastiques(11cartons) ont été offerts aux populations de kadiala, kamouna, sorofing, diedala dans le cercle de Bla par la Direction Régionale du Développement Social et de l’Economie Solidaire de Ségou des bidons d’eau, du savon, de l’aquatabl, quelques tentes, testeur d’eau ,du savon,des kits d’hygiène familiale par la Direction Régionale de la Protection Civile de Ségou

    Les céréales doivent pouvoir servir pour la consommation qu’un seul mois de ces quatre(4) villages sinistrés

    Aussi , les populations du village de NONO dans la commune rurale de Monimpébougou dans le cercle de Macina a bénéficié 1T50kgs de Riz, 1T50KGS de mil des sceaux, de33 morceauxde savon, de 42 nattes, de 42 sceaux des couvertures de la Direction Régionale du Développement Social et de l’Economie Solidaire de Ségou, et 03 baches,10cartons de aquatables, 10 cartons de savons, 20louches, 01carton de bidon de 05litres de la Direction Régionale de la Protection Civile, du crésy de 10cartons de 24 boites,20litres d’eau de javel de la part du CSREF de Macina


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    Source: International Organization for Migration, Government of the Republic of Mali
    Country: Mali

    Dans le cadre de son programme matrice de suivi des déplacements et en appui à l’ensemble des acteurs œuvrant pour le bénéfice des populations vulnérables au Mali, la Direction Nationale du Développement Sociale (DNDS) en collaboration avec l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM) continue de mener des évaluations concernant les mouvements de populations.

    Ce rapport, fruit d’une évaluation rapide, effectuée entre le 26 juillet et le 03 août 2016, dans les régions de Gao et Ménaka, par les équipes DTM des Services locaux du Développement Social et de l’Economie Solidaire de Gao et de Ménaka, vise à donner des informations concernant les populations déplacées, présentes dans ces localités, suite à la dégradation de la situation sécuritaire dans la région de Kidal.
    Cependant en raison de la difficulté d’accès à certaines zones concernées pour des raisons liées à la sécurité, les estimations données dans ce rapport pourraient faire l’objet d’une révision dans les prochains jours.


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    Source: UN Secretary-General
    Country: Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria

    SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL
    COMMUNIQUÉS DE PRESSE

    La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

    Le Secrétaire général se félicite de la signature de l’accord signé le 1er août 2016 à Bruxelles, entre la Commission européenne et la Commission de l’Union africaine sur une contribution européenne de 50 millions d’euros à la Force multinationale mixte (FMM), une initiative des pays du bassin du lac Tchad et du Bénin pour lutter contre Boko Haram dans la sous-région.

    Le Secrétaire général souhaite saisir cette occasion pour saluer les progrès importants qu’ont réalisés les pays du bassin du lac Tchad et le Bénin dans la lutte contre la menace terroriste posée par Boko Haram. Il salue, en particulier, la coopération et la coordination renforcées entre les pays de la région, leurs contributions individuelles à la Force et les sacrifices auxquels ils consentent dans la lutte contre Boko Haram.

    Le Secrétaire général réaffirme la disposition de l’ONU à continuer de soutenir les efforts régionaux dans la lutte contre le terrorisme, conformément à son mandat. Il réitère son appel aux États membres de la FMM pour qu’ils veillent à ce que les mesures antiterroristes soient strictement conformes à leurs obligations en vertu des droits de l’homme, du droit international humanitaire et du droit des réfugiés. Ceci est crucial dans la mesure où Boko Haram ne pourrait probablement pas être vaincu si les communautés affectées n’ont pas confiance dans les forces armées qui sont censées les protéger.

    Le Secrétaire général encourage les Gouvernements du Cameroun, du Niger, du Nigéria et du Tchad à consolider les opérations de la FMM en restaurant l’autorité de l’État et les services sociaux dans les zones affectées par Boko Haram, et en créant un environnement favorable au retour sûr et volontaire, à la réinstallation ou l’intégration locale des déplacés et des réfugiés.

    Le Secrétaire général salue l’Union européenne pour cette contribution opportune et prie instamment la communauté internationale de continuer à renforcer son appui aux efforts régionaux contre la menace posée par Boko Haram et à atténuer l’impact des activités de ce dernier par la fourniture du soutien humanitaire, politique, financier et logistique nécessaire.

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


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


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


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


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


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    Source: Agence France-Presse
    Country: Nigeria, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

    Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 8/7/2016 - 03:47 GMT

    by Isabel MALSANG

    While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war.

    More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in "severe food insecurity", two UN agencies warned recently.

    The protracted conflicts in Yemen and Syria place those two nations at the top of the list established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

    In Yemen, 14 million people -- over half the population -- are now considered to be facing a food crisis or emergency.

    Meanwhile in Syria, 8.7 million people or 37 percent of the pre-conflict population, "need urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance", in particular aid to farmers, said the agencies.

    The same goes for parts of northeastern Nigeria, which has borne the brunt of an insurgency by Boko Haram islamists since 2009, and where the aid group Doctors Without Borders estimates half a million people face a humanitarian catastrophe.

    Thousands of hungry people forced from their homes by fighting there had to wait until the end of July to receive their first food aid.

    Syria wheat harvest halved

    Meanwhile, most of the world's top wheat producers are enjoying bumper crops, pushing prices down on global commodity markets and benefiting countries like Egypt that are dependent upon imports.

    But for countries gripped by conflict, importing food is logistically difficult if not impossible and at prices out of the reach of most of the population which have lost their livelihoods.

    Maintaining local agricultural production, even traditional small-scale farms, thus often becomes critically important for reducing hunger while helping keep down the number of refugees, said the head of the FAO's emergency unit, Dominique Burgeon.

    "It is clear that agriculture plays an important role in the resilience of populations faced with the shock of war," he told AFP in a telephone interview.

    In certain parts of Syria this year people who have been displaced from other regions are helping till the fields and take in the harvest.

    Even so, that hasn't saved the agricultural sector, on which four-fifths of the rural population depends, from collapse.

    "In Syria, all the industrial chicken farms have been destroyed, which affects the poorest people as chicken was the most affordable source of protein," said Burgeon.

    The FAO estimates that only 1.9 million tonnes of wheat will be harvested this year in Syria, less than half of the 4 million tonnes it produced before the war.

    Nevertheless, it has had difficulties in persuading donor nations to reach into their pockets to fund purchases of seeds, fertilisers and tools for Syrian farmers.

    More farming = less migration

    "We want to show the impact of food security on the stabilisation of the population," said Burgeon, expressing his disappointment that the appeal for funds has so far received only $86 million, a tenth of the amount needed.

    In June, Pope Francis condemned the fact it is often more difficult to deliver humanitarian aid than to obtain weapons.

    "It makes no difference where arms come from; they circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world," said the pontiff during a visit to the WFP's headquarters. "As a result, wars are fed, not people."

    But the farm aid needs to be adapted to weather conditions in target countries.

    Burgeon warned that despite the best of intentions certain non-governmental organisations risked doing harm by importing seeds not appropriate for the local climate, which would "set the country back years".

    Farmers in Syria are already finding it impossible to obtain seeds developed by local agronomists due to the war, which has forced the closure of the nation's seed bank.

    Syria may end up becoming the first nation to make a withdrawal at the world's seed bank buried in a mountain off the Svalbard islands in the Arctic Ocean if local strains are to be re-introduced.

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    Source: REACH Initiative
    Country: Chad


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    Source: REACH Initiative
    Country: Chad


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    Source: REACH Initiative
    Country: Chad


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    Source: UN Secretary-General
    Country: Mali

    The Secretary-General condemns today’s improvised explosive device attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), south of Aguelhok, in Kidal region, that claimed the life of one peacekeeper and injured four others. It follows a similar attack on 5 August that injured one peacekeeper in the vicinity of Kidal city.

    The Secretary-General underscores that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and calls for the perpetrators of this attack to be brought to justice. He reiterates that attacks against MINUSMA will not weaken the determination of the Mission to fully implement its mandate in support of the efforts of the Malian Government, the parties to the peace agreement and the people of Mali to achieve lasting peace and stability.

    The Secretary-General reminds that the primary responsibility for peace lies with the Malian parties. He urges them to continue to work to fully implement the provisions of the peace agreement and to do all they can to prevent such attacks.

    The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and the Government and people of Mali. He wishes a speedy and full recovery to the injured.


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria

    PRINCIPAUX FACTEURS DE LA CRISE

    Les catastrophes naturelles récurrentes (sècheresses, inondations), combinées avec la volatilité des marchés, ont poussé les ménages et communautés vers une vulnérabilité chronique.

    Le conflit au nord du Nigeria et en RCA continuent à déplacer les réfugiés vers le Cameroun et causent des déplacements internes. De plus, l'insécurité grandissante dans l'extrême nord et à la frontière de la RCA entravent l'accès humanitaire.

    Faible couverture en assainissement et en accès à l’eau potable reste les principales causes de malnutrition et des maladies hydriques.


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


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    Source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    Country: Chad, Nigeria

    Armed conflict in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region has displaced an estimated two million people and Dar es Salaam refugee camp in Chad is now home to around 5,000 people. Many of them are children, and many of those children are completely alone.

    “All of these children come from a town called Baga, on the shore of Lake Chad in the north east of Nigeria” explains International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegate Serena Tarabbia.

    “The town was hit by the armed conflict in early January 2015, and this is when these children became separated from their families. They boarded some boats, tried to save their lives, and they reached Chad, whereas their family members fled by road.”

    All over the world, the ICRC works to reunite families divided by conflict. But identifying lost children, and tracing their parents, can be very difficult. For Tarabbia and her colleagues in Chad it is often a painstaking process.

    “Once we realized the children had no family members with them at all, we collected all the information they could give us about their families,” says Tarabbia.

    “They had no precise idea about where their family members would be. We used the pictures of the children, we used the names of the children, and the names of their family members, and this is how we managed to locate their parents, their siblings, their grandparents.”

    And so, after several months of painstaking tracing work, nine children and their families have finally been identified, and the children begin the long trip home. For some, it is hard to say goodbye to those who have been caring for them in Chad. For others, the journey itself seems a daunting prospect.

    But at Maiduguri airport in Nigeria, they know their families are waiting, and as they get closer to their destination, the spirits of the young refugees begin to lift.

    When the moment of reunification comes, it is overwhelming. Many parents had not dared hope they would see their children again. For some children, like 11 year old Ibrahim, the reunion brings grief as well as happiness. He has become an orphan, and his grandmother, who has come to meet him, is now his only relative.

    Meanwhile, four- year old Bintu is just too young to properly remember her half-sister Aisha…and neither of them know where their mother is.

    But for all these families, being together again is a huge relief.

    “The ICRC together with the Nigerian Red Cross has reunited nine Nigerian children who had been displaced by the armed conflict in north east Nigeria to Chad” explains Tarabbia.

    “We have reunited them with their families, their parents, their siblings, their grandparents, here in Nigeria.”

    And so for these children, family life can begin again. But thousands more remain separated by conflict, alone in refugee camps and other places. The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are supporting the authorities in their effort to address the issue of the Missing persons. For these affected people and for all the families without news from relatives, the work of identification, tracing, and reunification must go on.

    X The names of children have been changed to protect their privacy.

    SHOTLIST

    Location: Various

    Length: 5:09

    Format: HD H264 mov

    Camera: Mark Kamau & Michael Olalekan Onilede

    Sound: English

    ICRC ref: AV520N

    Date: July 2016

    Copyright: ICRC access all

    0:00 – 0:10 Dar es Salaam refugee camp, Chad

    0:10 – 0:17 WS Refugee camp Chad

    0:17 – 0:25 Boys playing football, pan round

    0:25 – 0:29 Boy alone in foreground with football

    SOUNDBITE Serena Tarabbia, Restoring Family Links Delegate, ICRC (in English):

    0:29 – 0:50 “All of these children come from a town called Baga, on the shore of Lake Chad in the north east of Nigeria. The town was hit by the armed conflict in early January 2015, and this is when these children became separate from their families. They boarded some boats, tried to save their lives, and they reached Chad, whereas their family members fled by road.”

    0:50 – 1:10 ICRC vehicles pulling away, children and women milling around

    1:10 – 1:23 Women approaching ICRC vehicles

    SOUNDBITE Serena Tarabbia, Restoring Family Links Delegate, ICRC (in English):

    1:23 – 1:45 (Internal edit at 1:35) “Once we realized the children had no family members with them at all, we collected all the information they could give us about their families. They had no precise idea about where their family members would be. We used the pictures of the children, we used the names of the children, and the names of their family members, and this is how we managed to locate their parents, their siblings, their grandparents.”

    1:45 – 1:58 Young girls climbing into ICRC vehicle

    1:58 – 2:05 Woman presses face against window

    2:05 – 2:08 Five children in ICRC vehicle

    2:08 – 2:14 ICRC vehicle driving away

    2:14 – 2:25 Children approaching ICRC plane

    2:25 – 2:37 small girl being carried up stairs of plane

    2:37 – 2:43 boys seated in plane

    2:43 – 2:46 wide angle from back of plane

    2:46 – 2:51 very young girl in her seat

    2:51 – 2:56 girl in blue looks out window

    2:56 – 3:00 Close up looking out window

    3:00 – 3:06 Wing of plane from window

    3:06 – 3:10 Boy looking out window

    3:10 – 3:14 Boy in aisle dancing

    3:14 – 3:20 Girl begins to sing

    3:20 – 3:25 Girls laughing and singing

    3:25 – 3:29 Children getting off plane at Maiduguri airport, Nigeria

    3:29 – 3:36 Children walking across tarmac

    3:36 – 3:42 Bintu in blue with half sister Aisha

    3:42 – 3:58 Ibrahim reunited with his grandmother

    3:58 – 4:04 Ibrahim and grandmother weeping

    4:04 – 4:19 Very small girl reunited with woman in white

    4:19 – 4:33 elderly man with young girl, pans on to man with two boys

    SOUNDBITE Serena Tarabbia, Restoring Family Links Delegate, ICRC (in English):

    4:33 - 4:50 “The ICRC together with the Nigerian Red Cross has reunited 9 Nigerian children who had been displaced by the armed conflict in northeast Nigeria to Chad. We have reunited them with their families, their parents, their siblings, their grandparents, here in Nigeria.”

    4:50 – 5:09 ICRC vehicle leaving refugee camp, little boy running after crying.

    END

    Download this video footage here:

    www.icrcvideonewsroom.org

    For further information, please contact:

    Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, tel. +234 703 595 4168

    Elodie Schindler, ICRC Geneva, +41 22 730 2186 or +41 79 217 32 17

    or visit our website: www.icrc.org


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    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria

    KEY DRIVERS OF THE CRISIS

    • Recurring natural disasters such as droughts and floods combined with the volatility of markets, pushed many households and communities into chronic vulnerability.

    • Conflict in northern Nigeria and CAR has displaced refugees to Cameroon, and caused internal displacements. In addition, increasing insecurity in the far North of Cameroon and along the border of CAR hampers humanitarian access.

    • Poor coverage of sanitation and access to clean water remain the main causes of malnutrition and water-borne diseases.


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    Source: Croix-Rouge Burkinabé
    Country: Burkina Faso

    Les conditions de vie de 912 personnes vulnérables de la province du Soum devraient s’améliorer grâce à une initiative de la Croix-Rouge burkinabè. Avec l’appui de la Croix-Rouge de Belgique et la Coopération belge au développement, elles ont pu acquérir de petits ruminants (brebis et chèvres) en vue de la reconstitution d’un cheptel à travers un élevage naisseur. L’acte consacrant ce changement est intervenu le jeudi 04 aout 2016 dans la commune rurale de Baraboulé à 30km de Djibo à la faveur de la Foire aux petits ruminants.

    Des perspectives de vie plus radieuses se présentent à ces bénéficiaires qui n’en demandaient pas moins. En observant les différents bénéficiaires serrer contre eux les coupons de 90 000frs reçus, il était loisible de comprendre que ces papillons avaient une très grande valeur pour eux. C’est en effet avec les 24 bons d’une valeur allant de 500 à 10 000frs qu’ils ont pu profiter de cette foire pour recomposer leur troupeau d’animaux en achetant essentiellement des brebis et des chèvres. Les ménages bénéficiaires ont été identifiés sur la base de leur vulnérabilité dans ces localités de la commune de Baraboulé : 71 à Gadiouga, 40 à Dohouré-Rimaïbé, 32 à Méhéna, 21 à Baniel et 17 à Soffi. Chacun des bénéficiaires a marchandé lui-même le prix des bêtes auprès de 15 commerçants participants à cette foire.

    Les autorités locales présentes sur le site de la foire, ont salué la pertinence de cette action de la Croix-Rouge burkinabè qui participe de la dynamique d’autonomisation de ces populations bénéficiaires. Tous les animaux achetés sur les lieux ont été immédiatement traités par les services techniques de la direction provinciale des ressources animales et halieutiques.

    Cette foire matérialise le déroulement d’un projet multi sectoriel dans cette partie du Burkina Faso. Il s’agit du « Projet renforcement de la résilience, de la sécurité alimentaire et de l’état nutritionnel des populations vulnérables dans la commune de Baraboulé dans le Soum / Région du Sahel au BF ». Il a pour objectif principal de contribuer à améliorer la résilience des populations vulnérables de la province du Soum face à l’insécurité alimentaire et à ses conséquences. Le chef de projet Fabrice YONLI, a souhaité « Que de ces petits noyaux naissent des grands troupeaux ! ».

    En permettant à ces 181 ménages vulnérables de reconstituer leur cheptel grâce à un élevage naisseur, la Croix-Rouge burkinabè et la Coopération belge au développement jouent ainsi un rôle actif dans le processus du renforcement de la résilience de ces 912 personnes face aux conséquences de l’insécurité alimentaire.


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    Source: World Food Programme
    Country: Gambia, Japan

    BANJUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed US$1.2 million from the Government of Japan to provide school meals in North Bank and Central River regions over the next two years.

    The funds will enable WFP to resume the provision of a daily hot meal to 50,000 children in 186 public primary schools and traditional religious schools in vulnerable districts of the two regions in the new school year, which starts in September after a lack of funding had forced WFP to halt its school meals programme temporarily.

    The contribution will also help build the capacity of - and strengthen collaboration with - Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education through implementation of the joint school meals action plan.

    "WFP is grateful for Japan’s continuous and timely support and we recognize Japan’s commitment to our work in the Gambia. By supporting the school meals programme, WFP is responding to the significant needs of many vulnerable children and we can help them shape a brighter future,” said Angela Cespedes, WFP Country Director in The Gambia.

    The contribution will allow WFP to support the country’s national development goals of reducing food insecurity and malnutrition among children, and to build on improving enrolment and retention rates of both girls and boys. School meals are an investment in the longer-term and help build human capital and increase the productivity of a nation.

    The Government of Japan is one of WFP’s main supporters in The Gambia, assisting nutrition interventions for women and children. In 2015, Japan provided WFP with an in-kind donation worth US$2 million to provide daily meals to school children in the Upper River region and the Greater Banjul area.

    WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

    Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media @WFP_WAfrica

    For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
    Isatou Njai, WFP/Banjul, Tel: +221-9988889


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    Source: International Committee of the Red Cross
    Country: Niger

    Dans la région de Diffa, des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont dû de nouveau se déplacer pour fuir les violences et les confrontations armées au cours des derniers mois. Dans un dénuement total, ces populations dépendent totalement de l'aide humanitaire pour faire face à leurs besoins vitaux.

    Pour rappel, depuis février 2015, plusieurs localités de la région de Diffa ont été le théâtre de combats et de violences qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes. Ces conflits ont entre autre entrainé le déplacement des populations dans des conditions très difficiles.

    Dans l'optique de soulager les souffrances de ces populations, le Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant Rouge a mené plusieurs activités résumées dans le compte-rendu ci-joint :


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