Society - A high-level humanitarian mission, made up of representatives of several organisations, will visit Mauritania 2-6 February, to assess the needs of Mauritanians who have been hit by malnutrition and food insecurity, the UN Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) announced here Friday.
The mission will be made up of officials from the Islamic Cooperation Organisation (ICO), Arab States League (ASL), ECOWAS, Humanitarian Assistance Services of the European Commission (ECHO), International Islamic Charity, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (Turkey), Direct Aid, Qatar Charity, RAF Qatar Foundation and Red Crescent Societies of United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
From Nouakchott, the mission will go to Gorgol and Brakna regions, southern Mauritania, for an on-the-spot assessment.
The number of persons affected by food insecurity in Mauritania is estimated at 802,000, a quarter of the country's population.
Officials blame the situation on recurrent droughts and irregular rainfalls, among others.