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Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recently took a bullet in the arm and was evacuated to France for medical treatment.
The authorities in Nouakchott have played down the incident, suggesting it was an accidental shooting at a military checkpoint outside the capital, Nouakchott.
Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz is presently undergoing medical treatment in a French hospital for bullet wounds sustained when his convoy came under fire at a military checkpoint outside the capital, Nouakchott.
The government has said it was an accident, as the Mauritanian leader was returning to the capital from a weekend in the hinterland without his normal escort.
A Senegalese government minister has appealed to Mauritanian refugees living in Dakar to end their nearly three-week-old hunger strike.
--claiming it’s fight for their dignity
The hunger strike by dozens of Mauritanian refugees in Senegal has entered its tenth day on Friday.
A number of Mauritanian refugees in Senegal, both women and men, have begun a hunger strike in front of the UNHCR head offices in the capital, Dakar demanding that their status as refugees be regularized.
Some time ago, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR together with the WFP made a donors appeal for support to address the huge humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the worsening security situation in Mali.
While political and military actors have so far failed to end growing instability, a new report says millions of people across the Sahel region continue to face “extreme risk of hunger and malnutrition,” with recent political instability in the region worsening the situation.
Senior United Nations officials have warned that global inaction could lead to a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, amid the serious food and humanitarian crisis.
With 12 million people threatened by serious food crisis in the Sahel, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO has said urgent action must be taken to avoid disaster.
The UN Humanitarian Affairs office said the severe food shortages are said to be largely due to drought, poverty and staple food price hike.
A top United Nations official and the Secretary General of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Ronald Noble, have agreed to work jointly against transnational crimes in West Africa.