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Somalia Seasonal Monitor - Oct. 22, 2014

Deyr rains subsided in most parts of the country in mid-October

Summary

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Somalia + 1 other
Forced returns of Somalis to al-Shabaab areas can amount to ‘death sentences’

Report
Amnesty

The Netherlands’ repeated attempts to forcibly return Somalis to areas controlled by the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab exposes them to grave risks of human rights abuses and would be a blatant violation of international law, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.

The Dutch government has insisted that Somalis can be forcibly sent to the most perilous areas of the country, including those where al-Shabaab is responsible for unlawful killings, torture and ill-treatment.

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USG/ERC Valerie Amos on Somalia

New York, 22 October 2014

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Somalia today, noting that it has significantly deteriorated since June.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Status of River Breakages in Middle and Lower Juba (22 October 2014)

The attached table provides the river breakages within the two regions that require immediate attention. From the table, there is one point that has been identified as an open river breakage and this poses an immediate danger and high risk of flooding. The open point is Madhooka in Jilib district. However, there are several potential breakage points which need to be monitored closely during the rainy season especially now that the river levels have been increasing drastically over the last few days.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall update: 2nd Dekad of October 2014 - Issued on 22/10/2014

This bulletin provides summary of 10 days (Dekadal) observed rainfall in Somalia

During the 2nd Dekad of October (11th – 20th October 2014), there was a slight reduction of rainfall activities in the northwestern parts. Other areas continued to receive the Deyr rains. Moderate to heavy rains were recorded in many parts of the country. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Post Gu 2014 - Technical Series Report No VII. 56, October 10, 2014

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.1 KEY FINDINGS

Between May-July 2014, the FSNAU in collaboration with counterpart government line ministries, institutions and several partner agencies carried out the 2014 post Gu food security and nutrition assessments across Somalia.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 21 October 2014

Moderate to heavy rains are expected in the Southern, Central and North‐western parts of the country during the next three days. The other parts of the country may receive light or no rains during the same period. Moderate to heavy rains are also expected within the Ethiopian highlands whose rainfall contribute significantly to the Juba and Shabelle river flow inside Somalia.

Given the forecast, it is expected that the observed river levels will increase in the coming days with a high risk of flooding along the two rivers.

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Somalia + 1 other
Somalia Flood Watch Issued: 21st October, 2014

During the week ending on 20th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands.

The area bordering Ethiopia in Hiraan region has experienced torrential rains that have led to destruction and loss of property due to flooding. Heavy rains leading to flooding have also been confirmed in Jilib dstrict in Lower Juba region.

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Italy + 3 others
Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

Report
Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 8 others
Género y paz No.3 - Octubre 2014

En este número destacamos

  • Violencia sexual en Iraq
  • Desplazamiento forzado en Siria
  • Subcomisión de género en las negociaciones de paz en Colombia

Impacto de los conflictos

Israel – Palestina

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World + 9 others
Gender and Peace No.3 - October 2014

This issue features

  • Sexual violence in Iraq
  • Forced displacement in Syria
  • Subcommittee on gender in the peace negotiations in Colombia

Impact of conflicts

Israel – Palestine

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM troops in Hiiraan region [EN/SOM]

Mogadishu, 20 October 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area. Armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM troops yesterday morning while they were on a mission to help restore peace near the village of Deefow.

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Somalia: Flood Alert - Issued: 20th October, 2014

Within the last 48 hours, heavy rains has been experienced in the upper parts of Shabelle basin within Ethiopia and Somalia border. This has led to a very sharp increase of observed river levels at Belet Weyne. Today’s river gauge reading is at 7.00m which has surpassed the critical level of flooding and is only 30cm below the flooding level. This high river level is expected to translate into high levels downstream endangering vulnerable communities.