Mauritania | INTERSOS

MAURITANIA

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

INTERSOS has been active in Mauritania since 2009. Currently our focus is on providing assistance to Malian refugees in the Mberra camps and host communities in the villages of the Bassikounou district, with protection activities for women and children at risk of violence or abuse, construction and management of schools and children’s centres and community services.

Our projects are based on a community approach, according to which the refugee community is involved as much as possible in the various aspects of life in the camp. This includes the planning, implementation and management of assistance activities. In schools and children’s centres, the teachers, parents and volunteers are involved in the management and the activities.

HIGHLIGHTS

5.533

CHILDREN ENROLLED IN PRIMARY SCHOOL (2017)

608

DOCUMENTED AND ASSISTED CHILD PROTECTION CASES (2017)

1.914

PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC NEEDS RECEIVED MATERIAL HELP OR HOME VISITS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT (2017)

61.000

 ASSISTED PERSONS (2017)

6

NUMBER OF PROJECTS (2017)

CONTEXT

Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its territory is almost completely desert, with an ethnically diverse population with strong contrasts and social disparities. At the end of 2017, around 829,000 people still need humanitarian assistance and about 1.2 million are at risk of food insecurity. The conflict that began in Mali in 2012 forced millions of people to seek shelter in neighbouring countries, including Mauritania. Over 52,000 people crossed the border to find protection from the Malian conflict and poured into the Mberra camp in southwestern Mauritania, where INTERSOS is focusing its efforts. The likelihood of exposure to drought remains high throughout the country and is linked to socioeconomic factors such as development and fair access to basic social services.

 

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