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28 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Refugee returns from Kenya to Somalia continue
  • Post-Gu assessment projects a gloomy food security outlook
  • AWD/cholera cases decline due to robust response
  • Humanitarian funding to Somalia declines but needs remain high

Refugees continue to trickle back home

Some 11,000 Somalis return from Kenya in the first half of 2016

28 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • Food consumption among people assisted through relief operations is showing some encouraging trends, but the situation remains critical for 10.2 million people in need of food assistance.

  • WFP currently needs USD 426 million to support 7.6 million drought affected people in 2016, USD 23 million to provide full rations to refugees hosted in Ethiopia and USD 16 million to ensure uninterrupted assistance through the Targeted Supplementary Programmefor the rest of 2016.

28 Jul 2016 description

As a result of the Syrian crisis, the total number of refugees in Syria has decreased due to the volatile security situation in the country. However, UNHCR continues to receive a significant number of new requests from asylum seekers asking for UNHCR’s protection and assistance. The majority of these asylum seekers are not recent arrivals in Syria but have rather been present here for a number of years and are now seeking protection and/or assistance due to the continuing deterioration of the security situation in Syria.

28 Jul 2016 description
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Foreword

As widely known, conflict is a leading cause of hunger – each famine in the modern era has been characterized by conflict. Hunger can also contribute to violence, and may act as a channel through which wider socio-economic and political grievances are expressed.

27 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Malala visit to Dadaab

 On 12th July, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and an advocate for girls education visited Dadaab camps and celebrated her 19th birthday with refugees. During her visit, she interacted with girls in various locations in the camp, where she presided over various ceremonies including delivering speeches and handing over certificates to girls trained on leadership, life skills and resilience.

27 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Yemen:
 On 13 June, the Humanitarian Country Team adopted its strategy on the centrality of protection, underlining that protection of affected populations is the responsibility of all humanitarian actors.

Djibouti:
 According to Yemeni refugees in Markazi camp, refugees return to Yemen only to attend urgent family matters. In general, refugees are fully aware that conditions in Yemen are not suitable for sustainable return.

27 Jul 2016 description

PRESS RELEASE

(For Immediate Release)

AMISOM PR/032/2016

AMISOM Condemns Terror Attack in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, July 26, 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia strongly condemns the terrorist attack that occurred this morning near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA).

At around 0900hrs, two (2) Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) detonated close to the MIA causing a number of fatalities and injuries.

26 Jul 2016 description

New York –At the end of her second visit to Somalia, Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, called for stronger measures to protect children from recruitment and use by armed forces and groups. She also urged authorities to treat children suspected of association with Al-Shabaab primarily as victims and to consider the best interest of the child and international protection standards as guiding principles.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP consulted stakeholders about the planned graduation of asset-creation households from cash transfers.

  • WFP held a ceremony to mark the handover of schools meals in Samburu to the national programme.

  • The tripartite commission announced that Dadaab refugee population will reduce by 150,000 people by the end of 2016. Refugees started settling in Kaloboyei integrated settlement.

26 Jul 2016 description

Several Dutch aid organisations have joined their efforts to help drought victims in Somalia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Millions of people are in acute need. The organisations, united as the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), offer relief aid as a well as long term aid, to help the people recover.

Somalia

26 Jul 2016 description

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating condemned in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed at least a dozen people.

Suicide bombers detonated two vehicles laden with explosives near the perimeter of the airport enclave this morning. No United Nations personnel are among the confirmed dead.

26 Jul 2016 description

UNHCR appeals for additional $115 million for voluntary return, reintegration of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp

Plan also includes the relocation of 31,000 refugees to Kakuma and verification of camp population

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description

Statement to the Third Preparatory Committee of Habitat 3, given by Hugo Slim, Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In an urbanizing world, armed conflict and violence are urbanizing too.

Cities like Aleppo and Fallujah are being destroyed. Their civilian populations are facing displacement, siege and impoverishment. In South Sudan, people in Juba, Wau, Bentiu and Leer are living in similarly desperate conditions.

26 Jul 2016 description

249,854 arrivals by sea in 2016
3,034 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 26 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

26 Jul 2016 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Tuesday 7/26/2016 - 19:08 GMT

At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack.

The Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab group is blamed for a string of bloody assaults in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, and is fighting to overthrow Mogadishu's internationally-backed government.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Mohammed Yusuf

NAIROBI—

Two-thirds of Kenyans say they support closing the Dadaab refugee camp and sending all Somali refugees back home, a new survey shows.

In recent months, the Kenyan government has stated repeatedly it intends to close the camp in northeastern Kenya, which hosts more than 300,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia.

The United Nations has urged Kenya to reverse its decision, citing the difficulties Somalis will face if they are forced to return to an unstable country.