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Press visit to M'bera Refugee Camp (Mauritania)

27 June - 29 June 2016, Mauritania (DG ECHO)

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In cooperation with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the European Journalism Centre (EJC) organises a press visit to Mauritania from 26-30 June (including travel days) for a group of 8 journalists from the EU28.

The programme will mainly feature a two-and-a-half day visit to the M'bera refugee camp, the largest one in the Sahel region. The visit to this camp will be complemented with a half-a day stay in Nouakchott.

As such, this media trip aims to raise awareness and understanding of the EU's humanitarian assistance to long-term refugees in this camp, who do not receive so much media attention.

M'bera currently shelters around 50 000 refugees who fled northern Mali during different stages of the conflict and continue to rely on humanitarian assistance to satisfy their most basic needs such as shelter, food, water and nutrition care. ECHO supports the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF in the food assistance and nutrition sectors, and the NGO Action Contre la Faim in the water and sanitation areas. Given the camp's isolated location in an unsafe region, ECHO also funds the UN Humanitarian Air Service to transport humanitarian workers to and from the camp.

The EU is a leading international donor for refugees. In 2004 it gave 854 million euro for humanitarian assistance dedicated to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as 200 million euro in ongoing projects from development assistance. This funding covers projects that help in access to shelter, protection, food and other basic services such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene and education.

Additionally to reporting from the field, this press visit will give the journalists the possibility to hear from and discuss EU humanitarian aid with stakeholders working on the ground, national authorities and EU officials.

Arrival in Nouakchott is planned on 26 June and departure on 30 June (with the option of flying back in and out at an earlier or later date, respectively). A more detailed seminar programme will be available shortly.

Journalists covering humanitarian crisis, in particular in the Sahel area, will be given priority in the selection process.

Interpretation French-English will be provided, but a basic level of French will be an added value.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation, most meals, visa costs and insurance.

Interested journalists should apply directly via the EJC seminars website by 4 May.

For more information, contact Barbara Kuznik at kuznik@ejc.net.


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