Mauritania – 2nd Sitrep on the looming Crisis in the Sahel

Dear Partners,

Warmest greetings from Nouakchott!

LWF Mauritania, weekly update # 2

February 12, 2012

Situation Report

Drought crisis

From the Sahel crisis updates (February 9), it has been reported that 24.6% of households, from the rural areas in Mauritania, are food insecure. In Hodhs Zone where LWF/DWS is operating, scarcity of food items and increase of food prices have become evident. For instance, in Timbedra, the local market millet has increased from US$30 per 50kg sack to US$50. A 66.6% increase in food prices coupled with the low level of household income is going to negatively impact on people’s lives. It is expected that the ACT appeal MRT121 will contribute to the enhancement of food security in country, and particularly to the targeted most vulnerable people.

Malian Refugees (in Fassala) – The statistics provided on 12th February by the LWF/DWS Coordinator in charge of the Hodhs Zone  show there are 13,669 Refugees (or 3,001 households). The under 5 children are estimated at 2,486 and the pregnant women are 377.  Some 767 are not fully immunized (some not yet and others only partially vaccinated).

New Caseloads of Malian Refugees arriving in Fassala. Almost 4400 have arrived since 6th February © LWF Mauritania

As the result of the consultation between the Government and UNHCR, the Malian Refugees will be relocated from Fassala (3 km from the Malian border) to Mbeur (40 km from Fassala). For your information, Mbeur is a former Refugee camp (during the 1996 event) with some social facilities (school, health centre, etc.). It is expected that this new location will ensure more protection to the Refugees. At present, Mbeur is under rehabilitation. In the future, Fassala will be used as a transition site.

Non Food Items being distributed to newly arrived Malian Refugees in Fassala © LWF Mauritania

 Actions from LWF/DWS Mauritania

  • Started conducting market monitoring
  • Carried out needs assessment in Fassala
  • Distributed NFIs (blankets, baby clothing, soaps, hygienic kits) to 800 vulnerable people
  • Provided medical supplies to the health post
  • Completed the ACT MRT 121 full appeal (under final review)
  • The Country Representative and Program Coordinator will attend the Government/UN/INGOs meeting on the Country Emergency Plan (Wednesday, February 15)

Actions from other Stakeholders (including the Government and UN Agencies)

  • Government provided the transportation of potable water for the Refugees
  • The Ministry of Health distributed treated mosquito bed nets to pregnant women
  • UNHCR distributed 15 tonnes of food (rice, oil, sugar, salt) for 15 days to 5,000 Refugees
  • UNHCR has received some tents and other NFIs
  • The Government/UN/INGOs will meet on Wednesday 15th February for the Country Emergency Plan (including update of EMEL/Government emergency plan, update of the humanitarian monitoring, Refugees situation, revision of the inter-agencies contingency plan, the establishment of the Country Emergency Team)

Sincerely yours,

Kasongo Mutshaila

LWF Country Representative

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