Mauritania – 10th Sitrep on the Crisis in the Sahel

LWF/DWS Mauritania Program

SITREP # 10 (April 9, 2012)

In Mali, president Amadou Toumani Toure formally resigned on Sunday as part of a deal with coup leaders to end the crisis gripping the country. Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, and International mediator has confirmed a letter of resignation had been submitted. Dioncounda Traore is to be sworn in as interim president and the coup leaders will be able to step aside without fear of prosecution. Mr Traore is said to organize presidential elections within 40 days.

In Senegal, people have just come out of what seems to be a good electoral campaign where the former Prime Minister of the outgoing President won. The Constitutional Court of Senegal has released the final results on March 25 and the new president Macky Sall won in the second round with 65.80% of the votes. This was made official on April 3, 2012 and the maturity of the people of Senegal was welcomed by all Election observers from the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and civil society.

The population at camp Mbera in eastern Mauritania has steadily increased by the 7th April was estimated to be 48,033 people  (or 9775 households). The health situation appears to be relatively under control. First aid is delivered by the health center set up by MSF and the Health Station installed by the regional health services of the Government with the support UNHCR

Actions taken by LWS/DWS

  • The storage capacity at Mbera camp was increased in a joint effort by sector operators (Solidarity, MSF, UNHCR). Emphasis in the coming days will be on sanitation and hygiene through health training of the community and following completion by the LWF of a camp clean up operation.
  • LWF began installing the first batch of 1,412 tents (as the first of 4000 planned) to house more than 15,000 people who remained homeless after the installation phase when 5,000 tents where set up in the camp. Higher temperatures combined with lack of water and sanitation undeveloped areas expose these populations to extreme living conditions.

Actions taken by other stakeholders

  • UNICEF and Intersos were to begin teaching activities for 1487 school age children at Mbera camp. After consultation with the Government and representatives of the refugees, it was agreed to adopt the program and include two Malian curriculum subjects. The opening of classes scheduled during the week of May 31 to June 5, 2012 was postponed due to last minute adjustments with the regional administration.
  • 1,500 latrines are to be built at Camp Mbera by Solidarity and the UNHCR to complement the 80 existing latrines which remain largely unsatisfactory.
  • WFP program is deploying a 19 seater air plane to facilitate and secure the humanitarian and technical missions (Nouakchott / Nema), WFP has also deployed a rental stores in Bassiknou of 200 mt for partners (NFIs, equipment, materials, medicines etc.) and 2 trucks of 7 mt of capacity for the transport of goods of humanitarian partners.

Thomas Ekelund
Chargé de communication/Communications Officer
Fédération Luthérienne Mondial/Lutheran World Federation
Programme Mauritanie

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