- UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report 12, December 2015
- FSNAU/NEWS NET: The 2015/16 Post Deyr Seasonal Food Security And Nutrition Assessment In Somalia: Major Findings and Recommendations (8 Feb 2016)
- WFP Somalia | Brief Reporting period: 01 Oct – 31 Dec 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016
- Humanitarian Response Plan 2016
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- UNHCR: Yemen Situation Emergency Response (Jan-Dec 2016) Supplementary Appeal 2016
The Deyr 2015 rainy season experienced El Nino conditions that resulted into good rains in many parts of the country. Despite this, the northern parts of the country are facing drought conditions. Two appeals for assistance have been sent by both the Somaliland and Puntland authorities. The drought conditions are as a result of failed consecutive rainy seasons especially in the western part of Somaliland. The situation is expected to worsen during the coming months owing to the continued depletion of available water resources in the areas.
This paper is important reading for anyone working in or on Somalia because it presents the famine of 2011 from the perspective of those who lived through it in their own words. The Somali voices bring critical (but often neglected) insight to the study of the crisis, particularly in todays’ context where the distance between local populations and humanitarian actors is increasing as remote management becomes the new norm.
By Mohamed Amin Jibril and Mohamed Omar Mulla
HARGEISA/GAROWE, 11 February 2016 (IRIN) - Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists into hunger and debt.
January rainfall has remained above average for much of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and neighbouring districts in southern Kenya, due to the on-going moderate to heavy rains (Figure 1), which can be attributed in part to the ongoing strong El Niño event. Above-average rainfall is expected to continue in the coming one to two weeks.
731,071 Total number of refugees
38,858 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
49.7% Percentage of women and girls
56.6% Percentage of Children
Population of concern-updated
A total of 733,071 of concern (As of 31 January 2015)
USD 280.0 million requested
Joint media release
- The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
- The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific
The Australian Government is providing further humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia and Somalia to support those affected by drought conditions, and those affected by the ongoing conflict in Somalia.
• UNICEF and partners continue to respond to flooding and AWD/cholera outbreaks.
• The round five of the Polio National Immunization Day conducted in Central and Southern Somalia, as well as in Puntland. A measles campaign also took place in Somaliland during the reporting period.
Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
Baidoa Regional Hospital recently admitted more than 220 patients affected by a deadly outbreak of cholera. Seven people succumbed to the disease since the first case was confirmed in the beginning of December 2015. Despite the large number of people affected by the outbreak, the hospital was able to cope, thanks to support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS).
Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.
FSNAU Post Deyr 2015/16 Seasonal Assessment Timeline
2015/16 Post Deyr seasonal food security and nutrition assessment covering displaced, urban and rural populations (October to December 2015)
Regional and All-Team analysis workshops in Garowe & Hargeisa (16-24 January)
Assessment results vetted in Nairobi with technical partners (27 & 28 January)
Key findings presented to Government in Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa ( 3-7 February)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.
Chiara Altare, Tefera Darge Delbiso and Debarati Guha-Sapir