Mauritania – 6th Update on the looming Crisis in the Sahel

Dear Partners,

Warmest greetings from Nouakchott!

LWF/DWS Mauritania SITREP # 6

March 12, 2012

 Situation Report

The market has been supplied with imported food items by private businessmen. It has been noticed that prices of some food items, such as rice and sorghum, have been stable.

The EMEL (hope) Government program has started supporting Pastoralists in animals feeding. However, small-scale Pastoralists are complaining about the selection criteria used in the EMEL Program. It seems that the assistance will be provided to Pastoralists who have more than 30 heads of animals. The EMEL process of identifying the most vulnerable households for free distribution of food is still on-going. The same applied for the identification of areas where the cereals banks will be established.

Taking into account the considerable effects of the drought in some areas in the country, the President of Mauritania has urged the Government to add the component of water in the EMEL program. Therefore, it has been planned drilling boreholes in the pastoralist zones and having water trucking for communities with scarce potable water.

From the LWF/DWS Hodh Zone Coordinator Report, the total number of the Malian Refugees in the south-eastern Mauritania on March the 10th was 35,843 representing 7,545. Up to date, UNHCR and the Government managed to transfer 18,364 Refugees from Fassala to Mbeur.

Actions from LWF/DWS

  • Distributed blankets to 7,832 people; mixed soups to 2,065 people; and hygiene kits (including soaps) to 653 vulnerable people
  • Attended coordination meetings at Mbeur and Nouakchott under the facilitation of UNHCR
  • Attended the celebration of the International Women Day in Mbeur Malian Refugees camp
  • Prepared the TOR of the Communications Officer and started the hiring process
  • The Representative will meet the WFP Regional Staff and discuss on the cash transfer aspects
  • LWF/DWS will conduct a workshop with its implementing partners on the start-up phase of the ACT Project
  • ELS (Lutheran Church of Senegal) has established a committee of 7 people in charge of the ACT Project; and ELS has planned to the identification process of the most vulnerable households in the Fatick Region
  • LWF/DWS will conduct a meeting with ELS Leaders in Mbour and further discuss of the detailed ACT Project documentation

Actions from other Stakeholders

  • The Government continues dispatching food items to rural areas. The National Armies have been provided logistics support
  • UNHCR is finalizing contracts with its implementing partners in various sectors, including camp management, water and sanitation, community services, etc.
  • UNICEF has hired Staff dealing with primary health care consultations in the Mbeur camp
  • MSF Belgium has also established a health post in Fassala. It has also installed 4 tanks of 20 tons for water distribution in Fassala and Mbeur
  • Initiative NGO provided 90 tons of food and NFI for the Refugees

Sincerely yours,

Kasongo Mutshaila

Fédération Luthérienne Mondiale (FLM)/Entraide Mondiale

Représentant Résident – Mauritanie

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