- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report, 17 Apr 2015
- WFP Djibouti | Brief Reporting period: 01 January – 31 March 2015
- FEWS NET: Food Security Outlook Update April 2015
Appeals & Funding
On 24 May, IOM suspended its evacuation flights out of Sana’a until further notice due to ongoing difficulties faced on the ground in Sana’a, including the imposition of undue constraints by various parties, which have continued to hamper IOM efforts to support the evacuation of third country nationals in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner
On 24 May, the Somaliland authorities announced they would suspend arrivals in Berbera until further assistance could be committed by partners on the ground
Beneficial rainfall in the driest regions of Ethiopia and Djibouti; little rainfall for eastern areas of the Horn of Africa.
Moisture surpluses emerge in far western portions of the Western Africa region, while deficits remain to the east.
Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.
AFAD delivers four tons of medical supplies to Djibouti, which hosts thousands of refugees from Yemen.
Ankara, 26 May 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (AFAD) continues its humanitarian relief efforts in Djibouti, where more than 150.000 displaced Yemenis are grappling with harsh living conditions. Later today, the agency will deliver four tons of medical supplies to refugee camps in the Obock area.
Qatar Charity's latest response to the ongoing conflict in Yemen has focused on the distribution of emergency food supplies to Yemenis, both in Yemen and those seeking refuge in Djibouti. With logistical support directly provided by the State of Qatar to ship 240 tons of food to Djibouti, Qatar Charity then undertook the beneficiary identification, local/ regional logistics and distribution.
Current Conditions: Regional Highlight
• Minimal food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in parts of Sudan, western & central Ethiopia, agricultural areas of Uganda, western Kenya, southwest South Sudan, northern Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi but stressed (IPC Phase 2) in most pastoral areas;
• Crisis and emergency food insecurity remains a concern mostly in DRC, CAR and conflict-affected states of South Sudan, parts of NE Kenya, NE Ethiopia, some districts in Karamoja, Darfur in Sudan, IDP sites in Somalia;
· Since the scale-up of WFP’s operations on 15 April in response to the escalating crisis, WFP has reached over 1.5 million people with over 19,000 mt of food.
· From 12 to 17 May, a five-day humanitarian pause took effect in Yemen, providing a critical opportunity for WFP to replenish stocks of food and fuel in hotspot areas and conduct emergency food distributions to assist conflict-affected populations.
Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region
Nairobi, 22 May 2015
Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti
Africa Weather Hazards
Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.
Somalia - Conflict and a complex humanitarian emergency has forced some 20,000 vulnerable people to flee from Yemen to the Horn of Africa over the past two months. They include refugees from Somalia, migrant workers from third countries and Yemeni civilians.
No commercial flight has landed in or departed from Yemen since 26 March 2015, stranding thousands of people. Internal movement in Yemen is also difficult due to fuel shortages and checkpoints, reducing the options open to most vulnerable people stranded in the country.
IOM Appeals for USD 84 million for Population Affected by Conflict in Yemen
Yemen - IOM has launched a US$ 84 million regional appeal to meet the immediate needs of populations affected by the conflict in Yemen over the next six months, both within Yemen and in the region, including Djibouti and Somalia.
On May 22(Friday), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2.4 million US dollars (approximately 290 million Japanese yen) through the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen and Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia, etc. in the area of medical care, foods and non-food materials, and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Yemen.
On 21 May, an airstrike hit near IOM’s Migrant Response Center in Haradh (Northern Yemen), killing five Ethiopian migrants and wounding two others who were in the proximity.
Over 21,000 people have now fled Yemen to Djibouti and Somalia.
On 21 May, IOM launched its Regional Appeal for Yemen, requesting USD 84 million to cover its operations in Yemen and Horn of Africa from April to September 2015.
- Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
- Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.
1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
Key planning figures
12.1 6 million food insecure people in crisis and emergency phases (Apr-15)
6.62 million people displaced internally (Mar-15)
2.3 million refugees in the region (Mar-15)
950 million US$ funded (May 2015)
Key drivers of crisis in the region
Conflict and Insecurity
Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.