13 June 2012


My name is Massimiliano Cosci and I am a Logistics Cluster Officer, currently on mission in the Sahel Region and based in Mauritania, in order to assist with the food crisis.

The rehabilitation of Bassikounou airstrip in Mauritania was recently completed; this was a huge feat by all involved – without the use of Bassikounou airstrip , transporting life-saving relief items from the capital (Nouakchott) would normally take three or four days during the dry season and much longer during the rainy season. Now with a fully operational airstrip, passengers and cargo can be moved between Nouakchott and Bassikounou in a mere three hours.

Bassikounou is a small village in the south east of Mauritania, 63 km from the border with Mali. For security reasons, refugees from Mali are now being settled in M’... READ MORE

07 June 2012

The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) update and a Staging Area assessment mission was planned for the current year when, on 20 April 2012, the Union of the Comoros was hit by torrential rains resulting in widespread flooding, landslides, rockslides, and significant infrastructure damage.

Gran Comoro
Gran Comoro: a large vessel anchored at sea. The shallow water does not permit maritime access to container ships and tankers.

The Union of the Comoros is an archipelago of three volcanic islands spread over a total area of 1862 km2 in the Mozambique Channel, off the south-east coast of Africa, on the cyclone belt. The islands, already vulnerable due to a lack of adequate... READ MORE