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Somalia + 1 other
ACT Alliance Alert: Drought and Food insecurity in Somalia

ACT Alliance
  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire with drought alerts being sounded. In February, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU)1 and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)2, indicated that around 860,000 people would remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)3 and higher phases through June 2014. There are reports that over 300,000 malnourished children in Somalia and a total nearing a million people are in need of life-saving help.

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Listening in to Central Somalia: Tracking food security and livelihood indicators for IDPs

After three survey rounds in Somalia, the time has come to take a look at results. As in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our operators in Somalia have been conducting live interviews by phone from a call center established in a WFP field office. In Somalia, we ask displaced people living in camps in Central Somalia about their food consumption and the coping strategies they use.

Food consumption score: degradation as the lean season progresses

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Somalia Rainfall Outlook - Deyr 2014 Issued: 29th August, 2014

Good Deyr rains are expected in many parts of Somalia

The Deyr rains are usually shorter and less in quanƟty than the Gu rains, however, they are beneficial in supporting agricultural activities and boosting water availability for different uses. Generally the season starts in late September and ends in November. Nevertheless, this varies from place to place across the country with the northern parts receiving the rains much earlier than the southern parts.

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U.S. Special Representative for Somalia, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and EU Ambassador to Somalia Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region [EN/SO]

United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d'Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan

BOSSASSO, Somalia, Aug 28 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia's usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Somalia Market Data Update - July 2014 (Issued August 28, 2014)


Inflation: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained stable or changed marginally month-on-month (2-4%) in June-July 2014 across the country.
The past two months inflation increased as compared to the previous year, most significantly in the South (21-26%) and Central Zones (by 10-13%).
Compared to the base period (March 2007), the CPI increased moderately in Somaliland shilling (SlSh) areas and significantly in Somali shilling (SoSh) areas.

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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Somalia Drought & Food Insecurity: June 16 - August 18 2014

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Intervention Summary:

Already by June, erratic and delayed rains in the Horn of Africa had left an estimated 2.9 million people in need of food security assistance in Somalia alone. The below average rainfall from the October to December Deyr rains and the delayed April to June Gu rains is leading to two consecutive crop failures. Lack of pasture land and water have put vulnerable populations at high risk of not being able to meet their basic needs or maintain their livelihoods.

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Sudan + 7 others
September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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Helping build a new generation of female teachers

Mercy Corps

If you're a girl in many parts of the world — especially in some of the toughest places —the odds are stacked against you. In Somalia, barriers like early marriage, household responsibilities and traditional gender expectations make it nearly impossible to stay in school.

Beyond cultural challenges, schools are often located far from homes, forcing girls to take the risk of walking alone during their morning and afternoon commutes. Many schools also lack girl-friendly spaces — some don’t even have private latrines for girls.

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World + 8 others
Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, and, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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Somalia + 4 others
In the Horn of Africa, Saudi's Mass Deportations Have Devastating Impact

In November of 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia began expelling large numbers of foreign nationals, including some 550,000 Yemenis, 180,000 Ethiopians, and 36,000 Somalis. While there has been little international attention or condemnation of these deportations, the returning individuals and their countries of origin have suffered many logistical, economic, and social ramifications due to this decision.

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Somalia Nutrition Cluster April - June 2014 Quarterly Bulletin

In this issue:

  1. Situation Overview , including a recent map.

  2. Highlights (Updates and Upcoming Activities).

  3. Cluster Objectives.

  4. Programme Performance Outcomes.

  5. SAACID experience in the Mogadishu IDP

Situation Overview

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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014


  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.


  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Italy + 3 others
Deadly migrant crossings push issue up EU agenda

08/26/2014 13:38 GMT


ROME, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Tuesday it had recovered 24 corpses from the latest capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, as EU officials debated action over the perilous efforts to reach European shores.

More than 300 would-be immigrants have been killed in recent days in disasters asea in the Mediterranean, many near Italy.

The 24 bodies were recovered after a fishing boat with nearly 400 people on board went down off Libya on Sunday evening.

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UNSOM conducts youth sensitization workshop in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 23 August 2014 - Over 100 youths from five regions converged in Mogadishu on Saturday for a youth sensitization workshop facilitated by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) to discuss issues of federalism in Somalia and their role in the ongoing peacebuilding efforts.

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Italy + 3 others
EU 'appalled' by migrant dead off Italy

08/24/2014 13:27 GMT

BRUSSELS, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Sunday she was "appalled" by a new report that migrants had died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Italy.

"I am appalled by these new tragedies at sea and I express my condolences to the victims and their families," she said in a statement, adding that she would meet with Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the latest developments.

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