- FEWSNET Somalia Food Security Outlook January to June 2015
- UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015
- Brookings-LSE Project - Internal Displacement in Somalia
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
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, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.
New UNHCR report warns against returning asylum-seekers to Greece
UNICEF is requesting US$111,705,413 to meet the humanitarian needs of women and children in Somalia in 2015.
FSNAU Post Deyr 2014/15 Seasonal Assessment
Scope and timeline: Food security and nutrition assessment of rural, urban and displaced populations across Somalia between October-December (for field work)
(1) FSNAU-led assessment with the participation of Technical staff of other UN agencies, partners and government institutions
(2) Regional and All-Team analysis workshops in Garowe & Hargeisa with government and partners
(3) Technical vetting in Mogadishu (Nutrition) and Nairobi with government and partners
Mogadishu, 29 January 2015 - The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the announcement of the nomination of a new Federal cabinet by the Prime Minister of Somalia on 27 January 2014.
“This announcement is an important step towards the establishment of a new cabinet," Special Representative Kay said.
Nearly 203,000 children are acutely malnourished
January 29, 2015, Nairobi/Washington – Despite improved food security following the Deyr harvest, improved livestock conditions, and mostly stable staple food prices, a large number of people across Somalia will be acutely food insecure through June 2015. Many children remain acutely malnourished, despite a small decrease in their numbers over the past six months.
(Mogadishu, 29January 2015): According to new assessment findings released today by the Food Security and Analysis Unit, managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, the humanitarian situation in Somalia remainsof concern. There have been improvements in parts of the country due to relatively good rains in October to December, increased flow of goods and reprogrammed humanitarian assistance. Nevertheless, the outlook for 2015 is worrisome.
Opportunities Lost to Rein in Abusive Armed Groups
(Nairobi) – The Somali government made limited progress in 2014 in protecting civilians from abusive armed forces in the country’s long conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Displaced populations were most vulnerable to sexual violence and forced evictions, while the armed Islamist group Al-Shabaab targeted civilians for attack.
World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos
(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.
The President of Puntland State of Somalia Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Alihas expressed his government's gratitude towards the Joint Health and Nutrition Programme (JHNP) and called on donors and partners to upscale the initiative by extending it to more underprivileged and minorities in the state.
MOGADISHU— Somalia's president signed into law the Convention on the Rights of the Child on January 20. Somalia’s children continue to face daily challenges posed by conflict, displacement, malnutrition and disease. One in seven die before reaching the age of five and fewer than half of the children attend school.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud officially ratified the convention on the rights of children at a ceremony held in a Mogadishu school.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
With US$400 million funding received in 2014, humanitarian partners responded to the most urgent needs, with particular focus on life-saving activities that helped prevent the situation from sliding back into a major crisis. As a result of increased advocacy highlighting the needs in the affected areas and partners’ ability to re-programme activities, food security partners reached nearly 1,400,000 people with livelihood investment and asset activities.
Nairobi, 23 January 2015 - The Somalia Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Working Group, chaired by UNFPA and co-chaired by INTERSOS, launched an appeal for US$ 9.5 million to implement the country's GBV Working Group three-years-strategy, which aims to support the Somali Government and partners in reducing GBV against women and girls, men and boys thereby ensuring timely and accessible quality responses and services to survivors.
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) to enhance cooperation and coordination in relation to QRC's humanitarian activities in favor of the drought- and typhoon-affected communities throughout Somalia, particularly in health, water, capacity-building, and community resilience.
The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.
“I learnt how to sew clothes, how to sell and identify the profit and loss of my business. At first I did not understand the mathematics but I am now able to do correct calculations,” stated Madina, a trainee.
Madina was one of 22 women from Karaan, Boondheere and Yaaqshiid districts, who were trained on vocational skills in Mogadishu. The training which lasted for two months covered business management, revolving fund and dress making and fabric embroidery.
Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Sunday 1/25/2015 - 16:00 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to boost already large investments as he visited Somalia, a strategic ally offering lucrative rewards for those willing to work in the war-torn nation.
Erdogan, on a rare visit by a foreign leader to a capital hit by frequent insurgent attacks, praised the "major developments" seen in Somalia and promised to deliver more.
He was welcomed at Mogadishu's new Turkish-renovated airport by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.