West and Central Africa, Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Monthly Regional Update – June 2020

Monthly Mobility Trends and Events In June 2020, significant mobility trends and events were observed in the West and Central Africa region, including: • The closure of borders in 14 countries, in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. • The progressive easing of restrictions implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including city-wide lockdowns, internal and crossboundary travel bans and quarantine of new arrivals. • A decrease of 39 per cent in flows observed at Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) between January…

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COVID-19: Fight far from over as virus accelerates in Africa

“It took Africa nearly five months to hit 500,000 COVID-19 cases, but about a month to double that number. Most of these cases are in South Africa, but around the continent we are seeing the virus spread beyond capital cities and into new areas. If measures against the virus are not followed, we fear that health care systems already weakened by conflict and violence could be overwhelmed by COVID-19.” – Patrick Youssef, ICRC’s regional director for Africa. At the same time, fighting has not stopped around the continent, and climate…

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West & Central Africa – COVID-19 – Impact On Mobility Report (June 2020)

INTRODUCTION The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted global mobility in the form of reduced travel, border closures and travel restrictions and bans. In West & Central Africa (WCA), where measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 have been imposed, mobile population are heavily affected by the coronavirus crisis. This report presents, for the month of June 2020, key trends and events relating to mobility in the WCA region; details the status of Points of Entry (PoE) and extent of travel restriction measures; presents preventive and mitigating measures in place;…

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MMC East Africa and Yemen 4Mi Snapshot – July 2020: The impact of COVID-19 on Ethiopian refugees and migrants in Somaliland

This snapshot focuses on awareness of COVID-19 among Ethiopian refugees and migrants interviewed in Somaliland and their access to information, healthcare and services. It aims to contribute towards the evidence base informing responses on the ground, as well as advocacy efforts related to the situation of refugees and migrants on the move during the coronavirus pandemic. It is based on 119 interviews conducted in Berbera, Boroma, Hargeisa and Waajale between May 3 and July 7, 2020. Source: Mixed Migration Centre

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Tracking Mobility Impact – Points of Entry Analysis – July 30, 2020 IOM Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the total cases confirmed reached 939,360 as of 1 August 2020. A total of 17,154 have succumbed to the disease, while 738,825 have recovered as of 1 August 2020. The outbreak of the virus has affected global and regional mobility in the form of various travel disruptions and restrictions. The outbreak of the virus has affected global and regional mobility in the form of various travel disruptions and restrictions. To better understand how the pandemic affects global mobility, the International Organization for Migration…

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Victims of Suspected Boko Haram Attack on Cameroon IDP Camp Need Urgent Help

GENEVA – The United Nations refugee agency says victims of a suspected Boko Haram terror attack on an IDP camp in Cameroon’s Far North region remain unprotected and in need of urgent help. At least 18 people were killed and 11 others injured. The camp housing 800 internally displaced people was attacked early Sunday. Militant jihadists reportedly threw a grenade into the compound while people were sleeping. The U.N. refugee agency says it is outraged by this brutal, unprovoked attack and condemns it in the strongest terms. UNHCR spokesman Babar…

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