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29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

28 Apr 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Alex de Waal

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the UN Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

28 Apr 2017 description

FAO and WFP urge swift action to prevent hunger deaths in four countries hit by conflict

28 April 2017, Rome - The leaders of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition.

There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area. The assistance available is not enough to keep up with the need.

28 Apr 2017 description

The authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region must immediately halt plans to execute two boys sentenced to death by a military tribunal in February for their alleged role in the armed group Al-Shabaab’s killing of three senior administration officials, said Amnesty International.

The organization has learnt that Muhamed Yasin Abdi, 17, and Daud Saied Sahal, 15, could be put to death at any moment after five other boys -– all aged between 14 and 17 – were executed on 8 April for the killings.

28 Apr 2017 description

In a country where fewer than 1 in 10 girls attends secondary school, enrolling in university is a distant dream for most Somali girls.

Today Barwaaqo Jamac is a young health science student at Somaliland’s University of Hargeisa. She studies hard, and is one of the top students in her class. But the road to university was not easy sailing for Barwaaqo.

28 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 27 April 2017 – Over 1.7 million people have been reached with food security response activities in Somalia as part of the ongoing effort to avert a famine in the country and the drought response still needs to be scaled up to meet the increasing needs, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Vincent Lelei told a press briefing in the Somali capital today.

Mr. Lelei noted that the need to provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by the drought crisis continues to outpace response efforts.

28 Apr 2017 description

Moderate to heavy rains have been received in many parts of the country in the last 24 hours. Today Morning, some of the stations that recorded good rains in the southern parts of the country include Baidoa (78mm), Bulo Burti (58mm), Mogadishu (30mm) and Belet Weyne (23mm). Moderate rains were also recorded in parts of Somaliland and Puntland over the last 24 hours.

The 3 day rainfall forecast for the coming week (Figure 1) is pointing towards continued moderate to heavy rains with an increase towards the end of the week (Figure-2).

28 Apr 2017 description

The world faces one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 30 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — suffering severe acute food insecurity. If no action is taken, millions may die of hunger.

28 Apr 2017 description

Many parts of the country remained generally dry throughout the month of March 2017 with extreme drought conditions spreading further to the larger parts of the country.

The Gu rains normally start in late March in the north western parts of the country and by mid April in the rest of the country.

28 Apr 2017 description

Dryness continues to worsen over the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February have resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

28 Apr 2017 description

1. Research and knowledge management

Goal: the secretariat acts as a resource and information hub promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programing and policies Researches/ studies approach Continue to promote a collaborative research/ learning process involving members and other relevant stakeholders to support broader ownership, better uptake of ReDSS studies’ recommendations. This collaborative process will ensure that the studies conducted build on members’ priorities. 2 main approaches:

28 Apr 2017 description

Mid-season rains perform very poorly in much of the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

Seasonal rainfall has performed very poorly during the month of April in much of the Horn of Africa, following a delayed onset and well below-average rainfall over many areas. During this time, some of the worst drought-affected areas, including much of Somalia, northeastern Kenya, and southeastern Ethiopia, receiving little or no rainfall.

28 Apr 2017 description

Delayed and below-average Gu rains in many parts of the country

28 Apr 2017 description

Situation analysis

The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the region is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/ cross border issue, dynamic, with a strong political dimension, and which demands a multi-sectorial response that goes beyond the existing humanitarian agenda.

28 Apr 2017 description

Key Figures

615,000 drought displacements since November 2016

18,000 arrivals to Mogadishu 1 - 21 April 2017

34,700 arrivals to Baidoa 1 - 21 April 2017

75,000 drought-displaced during 1 - 21 April 2017