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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger - Sudan - Yemen

09 Apr 2021

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Two girls walk through the dust in Niger's Tillabery region. © OCHA/Nicole Lawrence

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 9 April 2021

Niger

About 1.6 million people in Niger are likely to face severe food insecurity from March through May, a 30 per cent increase compared with projections in November. The number of severely food-insecure people could reach 2.3 million during the lean season, between June and August.

The region of Tillabery is the most affected, with more than 30 per cent of its population (over 686,500 people) at risk of severe food insecurity between June and August. Increasing hunger in Tillabery comes on top of growing protection concerns in the region, where more than 300 civilians have lost their lives since the beginning of the year following a spate of armed attacks.

Already, half a million people in Tillabery need humanitarian assistance, including 125,000 internally displaced people and refugees. In February, humanitarian partners in Niger launched an appeal for $523 million, targeting 2.1 million of the most vulnerable 3.8 million people in need. This appeal includes $110 million to respond to the needs of 1.3 million food-insecure people.

Sudan

The fighting in the West Darfur capital of Ag Geneina, which has claimed dozens of lives, continues to affect humanitarian operations in the region.

Humanitarian operations and flights remain suspended, affecting aid to about 700,000 people in West and Central Darfur states, including more than 120,000 people in Ag Geneina and its surrounding areas.

About 4,800 people in Ag Geneina Town have been affected by this new conflict, with numbers expected to rise.

Power and water supply have been restored in parts of Ag Geneina, and markets have partially reopened. But gathering sites for the internally displaced people (IDP) lack water. Two IDP camps and four IDP gathering sites have been partially burned.

Health-care access is also a concern, with reports of attacks against health workers and facilities and dwindling health supplies.

 

Yemen

The United Nations reiterated that it is making every effort to resolve all pending logistical issues and security arrangements to deal with the aging oil tanker Safer off Yemen’s coast.

The UN said it had some very constructive discussions with the de-facto authorities in Sana’a this week and are optimistic about moving closer to a solution.

The UN said it needed all pending issues to be resolved before it can commit additional donor funds to rent vessels and move forward with the technical mission. The UN also highlighted the urgency of moving as quickly as possible. Once the logistical agreements are in place, it will take some weeks to book the vessels, confirm personnel, deploy equipment and make all the other necessary arrangements.