West Africa UN appeal for relief aid short nearly 119 million

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The United Nations humanitarian relief appeal for West Africa, where some countries have faced threats of political instability and nutritional and food insecurity, while others have benefited from progress towards stability and development, is short $118.9 million of the $243.2 million being sought, the world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.Political instability in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau has led to population movements and a continued need for assistance, while in the Sahel region, even with improved harvests predicted through 2006, the vulnerability of the poorest households to food and nutritional insecurity is still high, OCHA said, noting that people there have exhausted their coping mechanisms and are less able to respond to another year of insecurity.Despite improved harvest expectations for 2006, the food security and nutritional levels in the Sahel region remain worrying. Analysis of the latest studies on malnutrition in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad indicates high acute malnutrition levels in some areas that exceed the internationally agreed emergency thresholds, OCHA warned. The lean season in some areas in Mauritania and Niger started earlier than in normal years. Following the successful elections in Liberia, that country and others that make up the Mano River Union – Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone – are beginning to work towards recovery, OCHA said, noting that the focus of operations in the region is gradually shifting from relief aid to recovery. “Yet large humanitarian needs remain and must be addressed in order to consolidate the peace and bring long-term sustainability to these countries,” the Office warned.With just over half of the $243.2 million sought having been contributed or committed as of mid-June 2006, more donor support is needed “to face the humanitarian challenges remaining for 2006 in a region that continues to be marred by three mutually reinforcing problems: widespread poverty, recurring natural disasters and conflicts.”

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