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Somalia + 1 other
Canada providing support to UNICEF in Somalia

Today’s announcement of $5 million to UNICEF is addressing the humanitarian needs of people, especially children, affected by the crisis in Somalia.

Canada is supporting UNICEF’s operations that are improving the health, well-being and protection of children, women and their families by providing:

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World + 11 others
UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

(New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns assassination of female parliamentarian

Mogadishu, 23 July 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame, a female Member of the Somali Federal Parliament, and expressed his deep concern about the continued attacks targeting parliamentarians in the capital.

Ms Warsame and her driver were shot and killed as they travelled in a vehicle in Mogadishu today. In addition to being a parliamentarian, Ms Warsame was a well known singer whose loss will be felt across Somalia.

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World + 4 others
New funding to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today at the UK’s first Girl Summit. placeholder With the goal of ending child marriage in 12 of the most highly affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Britain is working with the UN to deliver a scheme to help 6 million girls worldwide escape child marriage.

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World + 14 others
Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

Report
Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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Polio transmission still not yet over in Somalia

Galkayo, Somalia, 22 July 2014 – Despite an ongoing intensive vaccination campaign, four new cases of polio have been confirmed in Somalia this year bringing the total number of those affected since the outbreak began in May 2013 to 198 – most of them children. UNICEF and WHO have warned that unless all children are vaccinated, the number of those affected will continue to rise.

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Kenya + 1 other
Reversal of last year’s court ruling on urban refugees is quite stunning: What changed?

The judge who told the Kenya Government a year ago that it couldn’t force urban refugees into remote and over-crowded refugee camps now says it’s fine to do just that. How could that be?

In July 2013, the High Court ruled unconstitutional a government directive ordering all refugees in Nairobi and other cities to move into the Dadaab and Kakuma camps near the country’s northern borders with Somalia and Sudan.

High Court judge David S. Majanja described the government’s order as a violation of the refugees’ freedom of movement and right to dignity.

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Kenya + 1 other
UNHCR Dadaab Update 11/14 Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya | 01 - 15 July 2014

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Ministerial Delegation from Juba Land visit to Dadaab

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 3 others
Strategy for intensifying international efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation for the period 2014–2017

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Italy + 5 others
Five bodies found as Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

07/21/2014 11:07 GMT

ROME, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Monday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation.

The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing.

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UN supports Somali stakeholder discussion on Beijing Platform for Action

Mogadishu, 19 July 2014 - The Somali Ministry of Women and Human Rights with the support from the UN has today convened a review meeting to collectively discuss the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) in Somalia.

The Declaration was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The declaration reaffirmed the fundamental principal that the rights of women and girls are an integral part of universal human rights and calls upon governments to take action to address several critical areas of concern.

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Suicide bomber kills six in attack on anti-Shebab leader

07/19/2014 08:13 GMT

MOGADISHU, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Six people were killed in a southern Somali port town on Saturday after a suicide bomber targeted the house of a prominent anti-Shebab militia leader, the intended victim said.

"The explosion occurred soon after I entered the house," tribal leader Iftin Hassan Basto said in a statement.

"My security guards saw a man who tried to infiltrate them and when they confronted him he blew himself up."

Basto added that six people, including a child, were killed and seven others injured.

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Italy + 8 others
Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

07/19/2014 18:53 GMT

by Dario THUBURN

ROME, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said.

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Somalia Declares Drought as Food Prices Skyrocket

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Voice of America

The Somali government has declared a drought in six regions as monitors warn that food prices are soaring in the affected areas.

The government on Thursday established a $500,000 drought relief fund and renewed an appeal for international help to combat growing shortages of food and water.

Somali Agriculture Minister Abdi Ahmed Mohamed told VOA's Somali Service that officials hope to prevent a repeat of the famine three years ago that killed more than 200,000 Somalis and forced hundreds of thousands more to flee to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Somalia 15-July-2014

The recent escalation of conflict in parts of Somalia has resulted in large population displacements, and has heavily constrained the movement of goods and services.

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Kenya + 1 other
Shebab claims deadly strike on Kenya bus

07/19/2014 19:25 GMT

NAIROBI, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab on Saturday claimed an attack on a bus near the Kenyan vacation island of Lamu in which seven people were killed.

The Kenyan Red Cross said five civilians and two police officers died late on Friday when armed men opened fire first on a bus, then on a car and a police vehicle, near the town of Witu, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Lamu island.

Local authorities said four of the seven dead were police officers.

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France + 3 others
Migrant arrests at Calais double

Report
Guardian

French police arrested more than 7,400 migrants trying to cross Channel to Britain in first six months of year

French police arrested more than 7,400 migrants in Calais trying to make their way across the Channel to Britain in the first six months of this year.

The figure is more than double the 3,129 arrested in the same period last year. In the first fortnight of July alone officers detained 1,200 migrants in Calais, the local police prefecture said on Friday.