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18 Apr 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Saturday 4/18/2015 - 12:32 GMT

Somalia's Shebab shot dead a lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country.

Adan Haji Hussein, an MP in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, was killed on the streets of the capital Mogadishu, where he was visiting, a Shebab spokesman told AFP.

"Our commandos shot and killed Adan for being a member of the apostate adminstration," Abdulaziz Abu Musab said.

18 Apr 2015 description

"The Yemen crisis is getting totally out of control. We must have a cease-fire and a political process that can end the violence," says NRCs Secretary General, Jan Egeland.

NRC is among the few humanitarian organisations that is still able to continue to work in the country.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

22,798 Identified unaccompanied minors Households provided with cash grants in year 2014

187,880 NFIs distributed since January

184 Shelters distributed since January

17 Apr 2015 description

Mogadishu, 17 April 2015 – The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Ethiopia, Uganda and Turkey have welcomed the launch of the Adaado conference for the formation of an interim administration in the central regions.

International partners commended the people of the central regions for concluding the reconciliation conference in Dhusamareeb and for their dedication and commitment to peace and stability in the country.

17 Apr 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 17 April 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

With worsening displacement, a deepening conflict, and difficult access for aid workers and aid delivery, shelter is emerging as one of the pressing humanitarian needs in Yemen.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.

  • Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.

  • Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.

  • More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.

17 Apr 2015 description

Italy - As landings of rescued migrants surge in Southern Italy, IOM teams continue to gather evidence of at least 400 presumed fatalities earlier this week.

“While the number of arrivals this year is similar to that registered during the same period in 2014, so many arrivals is so few days is unprecedented,” said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.

17 Apr 2015 description

Within the last 48 hours, heavy downpour has been experienced in many parts of the Juba and Shabelle River basins both in Somalia and in the Ethiopian Highlands (Table 1). Flash floods have been reported in some areas including Belet Weyne and Mogadishu. Following the heavy rains, the river levels have increased drastically in the upper reaches of the two rivers. This high river level is expected to translate into high levels downstream thus endangering vulnerable communities.

17 Apr 2015 description

The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya has been home to more than 350,000 refugees who have sought refuge for over two decades and have continued to enjoy an accommodative asylum space. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) urges the Kenyan government to reconsider its announcement that the Dadaab camp should be closed within three months and the camp be relocated to Somalia.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

17 Apr 2015 description

Conflict disrupts trade in Hiraan and Bakool, increasing food insecurity

17 Apr 2015 description

Situation

Airstrikes continue unabated in 18 out of the 22 Yemeni governorates. Localized conflict between different parties on the ground has spread to 9 governates, mainly in the south of the country. In Marib, fighting has recently broken out between Houthi fighters and pro-Islah tribes. For both sides, control of Marib is key as it contains Yemen’s major oil and electricity infrastructure.

17 Apr 2015 description
  • Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.

16 Apr 2015 description

Refugees in Kenya need assistance and a safe place to stay

Calls by Kenyan officials to close Dadaab refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, within three months and forcibly return its residents to Somalia would have dramatic and life-threatening consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.

16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.