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UN envoy reaffirms world body’s strong resolve to stay the course in Somalia

UN News Service

23 April 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today called on the country’s international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

“It’s a moment of great new opportunities but also some significant new challenges, and I think it’s important that the international community and partners maintain their interest in Somalia and increase, if at all possible, some of the resources,” Nicholas Kay told reporters in New York.

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Update on Gu 2014 Performance in Northern Somalia - April 23rd 2014

Summary of the current rainfall situation in Northern Somalia April 2014

  • The Gu rain season that starts in mid March in the NW parts of Somalia was delayed and kicked off in early and mid April, while most parts of the NE and central are yet to receive the much awaited rains.

  • The first two dekads of April have been mostly devoid of rain across the NE, while the NW half faired better, although still widely below normal.

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Angola + 12 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 24 – April 30, 2014

  • Decreased amounts of precipitation were observed across parts of Ethiopia during the middle of April
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Somalia Dekadal Rainfall update: 2nd Dekad of April 2014 - Issued on 23/04/2014

This bulletin provides summary of 10 days (Dekadal) observed rainfall in Somalia During the 10th Dekad (11th – 20th April 2014), light rains were received in the north western parts of the country. The north eastern and central parts did not receive any significant rainfall during the period while the south recorded moderate to heavy rain especially in Gedo Region. Figure (1) shows the rain gauge observational network and monthly rainfall distribution for selected stations across the country. Below is a brief summary of the rainfall situation by region for this dekad.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 23 April 2014

Each cell on the map represents the forecasted accumulated rainfall over the next 3 days / Xubin walba oo naqshadda koorkeeda ah waxay muujinaysaa guud ahaan saadaasha roobka ee saddexda maalmood ee soo socota

The full forecast grid is available for download at

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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The 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 + 14 others
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.

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Yemen + 2 others
115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen

Yemen Times

Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

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Remittance rip-offs


LONDON, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Satellite mapping overview as of 22 April 2014


This service summarizes current satellite mapping activities of interest to GDACS stakeholders. It is issued weekly and based on contributions from map-producing entities and GDACS partners.


South Sudan complex emergency – Glide number: OT-2014-000001-SSD

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns killing of parliamentarian and media worker

Mogadishu, 22 April 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the killing of Mr. Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal, a Member of the country’s Federal Parliament. Mr. Mursal was shot dead earlier today in Mogadishu by unknown gunmen.

Mr. Mursal is the second MP to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu. Another Somali parliamentarian, Mr. Isaak Mohamed Rino, was killed yesterday. Both attacks have been claimed by Al-Shabaab.

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Somali lawmaker shot dead, second in 24 hours

04/22/2014 09:40 GMT

MOGADISHU, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab said they had assassinated a lawmaker on Tuesday, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital of Mogadishu.

Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the politician was killed in the city's Madina district.

Agence France-Presse:

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Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb in Mogadishu: prime minister

04/21/2014 10:13 GMT

MOGADISHU, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - A Somali lawmaker was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the war-ravaged capital.

"Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country," Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement, referring to slain MP Isak Mohamed.

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns murder of Somali MP

Mogadishu, 21 April 2014 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, has condemned the murder of Isaak Mohamed Rino, a Member of the country’s Federal Parliament. Following the attack the Federal Government called for a full investigation and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Mr. Rino was killed this morning in Mogadishu when an improvised explosive device planted in his vehicle detonated. Another parliamentarian, Mr. Mohamed Ali and several civilians were reported to have been injured in the incident.

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East Africa Price Bulletin April 2014

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

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281 refugees transferred to camps

Some 281 refugees have been taken back to their camps from Nairobi in the last three days, the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has said.

The ministry’s director of communication Mwenda Njoka said this was in line with government policy to have refugees settled only in gazette refugee camps.

The refugees who were netted during the ongoing security operation in Nairobi and screened at Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma camps.

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100 more refugees relocated to camps


More than 100 refugees have been taken to camps as the government insists it will not backtrack in clearing them from urban areas.

Refugee Affairs Commissioner Haron Komen told the Nation that 111 people were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps on Thursday night.

They were part of those detained in Kasarani Safaricom Stadium for scrutiny of their identification papers.

“This number only accounts for those that the government has transported,” said Mr Komen.

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Livelihood Survey in Ceel Dheer

“I have not earned any money for the last year, my children and I have been depending on help from well wishers”, says Hawa, a 50 year old mother of eight, during a discussion with a CISP researcher in front of a temporary shed that she calls home. Mama Hawa, is one of the many heads of families that took part in a survey conducted to facilitate the implementation of a livelihood project.

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Nairobi Demands Refugees Return to Camps

Rights groups warn that counter-terror crackdown will discriminate against Somalis while bringing few tangible security gains.

By an IWPR reporter in Kenya - International Justice - ICC

ACR Issue 387,

17 Apr 14

Ignoring past criticism, the Kenyan government has repeated orders for refugees living in the country to return to designated camps.

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)


Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.