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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.

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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The African Union (AU) Establishes a Team to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

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African Union

Mogadishu-October 17th, 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has today authorized the deployment of an Investigation Team to look into allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) leveled against personnel of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report titled “The Power these Men Have Over Us – Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia” which was issued in Nairobi, Kenya on 8 September, 2014.

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Communiqué of the 461st Meeting of the Peace and Security Council

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African Union

PSC/PR/COMM.(CDLXI)

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 461st meeting, held on 14 October 2014, in Addis Ababa, convened an open session on sexual violence in conflict situations in Africa and adopted the following decision:
Council,

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AU Special Representative Saddened by Attack on AMISOM Peacekeepers, Urges for Calm and Restraint in Hiiran Region

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African Union

Mogadishu-October 19, 2014: The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou is saddened by news coming in from the central Hiiran region that armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM peacekeepers this morning while they were on a reconciliation mission in the area.

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Somali Parliamentarians Receive Training on the Law of the Sea

Mogadishu, October 16, 2014 – The United Nations Somalia Mission (UNSOM) facilitated the first-ever awareness raising seminar for Somali lawmakers to increase their understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) - to which Somalia is a signatory.

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East Africa Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis - October 2014

Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis

FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlook reports for October 2014 to March 2015 are based on the following regional assumptions:

SEASONAL PERFORMANCE

From September to December, 30 to 70 percent of total annual rainfall falls in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania (Figure 1).

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Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia (S/2014/740)

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 30 of Security Council resolution 2125 (2013), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of that resolution and on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review East and Central Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2014

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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SAACID Monthly Health & Nutrition Bulletin - September 2014

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SAACID

Stabilization Centre Performance Update

In 2011, SAACID began raising scarce private funds for the construction of a Stabilization Centre (SC) for the inpatient treatment of severely malnourished children with medical complications. Land was donated in Yaqshid District in a safe and easily accessible area for underserved communities throughout Mogadishu City. Construction began in April 2012, and after fifteen months of construction, fit-out, and training, the centre saw its first patient on June 22nd 2013.

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2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

There has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths than in the last three years combined.

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Somalia on the brink once again

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World Vision

Somalia is once again under the brink of another humanitarian catastrophe, says aid agency, World Vision International.

The organization raised the red flag today over a severe drought as well serious food and water shortages that are having life-threatening consequences on over 3.2 million people in the country.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 17-23, 2014

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia September 2014 | Issued on 17 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian partners step up response in drought and conflict affected areas in the most affected regions.

  • Despite the challenging operating environment, aid organizations have used different modalities to assist people in areas previously beyond reach.

  • Critical boost in funding for reprioritized needs, but funding levels falls short of needs on the ground.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World Food Day: Joint statement by Commissioners Andris Piebalgs (Development aid) and Kristalina Georgieva (Humanitarian aid)

Today's World Food Day is an opportunity to reflect on how European Union aid is alleviating the world's greatest solvable problem: hunger. As we are about to pass on the work on humanitarian aid and development to the next European Commission, it is time to take stock of what we have achieved and what remains to be done.

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With the MDG deadline now less than 500 days away, we have to up our game.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 16 October 2014

There will be a reduction of rainfall activities in the northern and southern parts of Somalia in the next three days.

The Central parts as well as the Ethiopian highlands are expected to continue receiving moderate to heavy rains during the forecast period.

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

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns Mogadishu bomb attacks [EN/SO]

Mogadishu, 16 October 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned last night’s bomb attack outside a popular restaurant in Mogadishu resulting in the death and injury of many people.

“I strongly condemn last night’s cowardly terrorist attack. I am appalled by the complete disregard for the lives of ordinary Somalis, including children and passers-by. Such crimes violate the most basic principles of humanity. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly.” SRSG Kay said.