Since January 2014, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$11 million to humanitarian partners for life-saving relief in Central African Republic (CAR). In its most recent intervention, which has been partially funded by CERF, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) distributed more than half a million mosquito bed nets that will protect thousands of vulnerable people from malaria after the heavy August rains.
In March 2014, heavy rain caused the Paraná and Paraguay rivers in Paraguay to overflow, affecting 230,000 people. In response, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$2.2 million to help the victims of the flood.
Perched on the side of the Bandiagara cliffs in northern Mali, the village of Sibi Sibi overlooks a dried creek bed. Drought has hit the village several times over the last decade, taking its toll on the livelihoods and health of the town’s 1,300 inhabitants.
Just two years ago, during the Sahel drought of 2012, Fanta Karembe, a twenty-one-year old mother from Sibi Sibi, had to fight to survive. Now, just as she was finally starting to recover from the last crisis, drought has again hit her village.
Fifty-one-year old Sarah Mupakati does not remember the last time she ate sadza, a cooked cornmeal. She opens her one-room tent which she shares with her five grown-up children - the corner that serves as her pantry is empty. It has been like that for the past month. The little she has been getting from barter trading is used up that same day. It is all too easy to understand her relief as she joins the queue to receive her first food rations from the World Food Program (WFP).