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18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Wednesday 12/17/2014 - 15:45 GMT

Somalia's president on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, 11 days after the war-torn nation's previous premier was ousted amid bitter infighting.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said he had appointed political heavyweight Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, 54, who becomes the first person to hold the post twice.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.

17 Dec 2014 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates areas of IDP settlement changes within the area of Hargeisa, Somalia, occurring between 20 August 2012 and 02 November 2014, as seen by the Pleiades and GeoEye-1 satellites. UNOSAT analysis revealed one new IDP settlement and one expanded IDP settlement by 02 November 2014. However, 4 other settlement areas contracted and 2 settlement areas did not change. As of 02 November 2014, the IDP settlements occupy a total area of 71.06 ha, which represents an increase of 3.96 ha since 20 August 2012.

17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.

17 Dec 2014 description

Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region

Key Messages:

About 12.4 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance. As of November, the majority were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in northeastern Djibouti, eastern and northeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, southern and central Somalia, western and southern Sudan, and the Greater Upper Nile States in South Sudan. Significant populations remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in these countries and in Burundi, Rwanda, and northeastern Uganda.

17 Dec 2014 description

Middle Shabelle and Middle Juba to have low harvest due to earlier floods

Key Messages

  • Widespread river flooding in October and November will lead to a significantly below-average volume of Deyr crops in riverine areas in Middle Shabelle and Middle Juba Regions. The highly limited harvest in February along with the delay or elimination of labor opportunities associated with planting, weeding, and harvesting has already led to increased acute food insecurity in these areas.

17 Dec 2014 description

A UKaid funded Girls’ Club is providing a platform for young Somali women to speak out and engage on issues surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and violence against women.

“This club has helped us learn a lot about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender-Based Violence and the risks of early marriage. These were very sensitive issues to talk about with the other girls and the whole community, but now we share experiences and encourage our school mates to stay in school,” says Fatha.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

EASTLEIGH, KENYA—Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya.

Twenty-two year old Ahmed Shaciye runs a clothing business in Eastleigh, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Four years ago, he and two friends combined their resources to import clothes from Dubai and China and sell them at a profit. Their thriving enterprise draws in customers from all over the area.

16 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

Inflation: In SoSh (Somali shilling) - using regions, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained relatively stable or changed mildly (1-3%) month-on-month in November Compared to a year ago (November 2013), CPI shows increase in most areas, with the highest increase (15%) recorded in the South. The annual increase was mainly driven by a surge in sorghum prices this year.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description

Extremist groups are targeting journalists in Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria. And the governments who should be protecting reporters seem unable or unwilling to do so

Caro Rolando and Hiba Zayadin 15 December 2014

15 Dec 2014 description

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has condemned today the bomb attacks on December 5th causing two journalists killed and three others wounded in the town of Baidoa, Somalia.

Ahmed Abdulkadir Mayow, a 27 years journalist, working for Star FM and the Somali television Channel and Mohamed Isaq Barre, a 25-year television cameraman working for Kalsan were killed; and the other injured victims were broadcast journalists Hassan Abdulkadir Jokar, of Kalsan TV, Mohamed Adan Socdaal, of Radio SomSat, and Abdulkadir Hassan Ibrahim.

14 Dec 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Lawmakers Should Reject Amendments

(Nairobi, December 14, 2014) – Kenyan lawmakers should reject far-reaching new security amendments that would add new criminal offenses with harsh penalties, limit the rights of arrested and accused people, and restrict freedoms of expression and assembly, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.