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IDP Shelter Changes in Baidoa, Somalia, between 08 February and 02 October 2014


This map illustrates areas of IDP shelter changes within the area of Baidoa, Somalia occurring between 8 February and 2 October 2014, and as seen by the Pleiades and WorldView-3 satellites. UNOSAT analysis 25 new IDP and 14 expanded IDP settlement areas by 2 October 2014. However, 18 other settlement areas contracted and 5 areas were no longer visible, and so the overall number of structures did not change significantly. Specifically, the number of structures increased from 7,910 on 8 February 2014 to 7,990 on 2 October 2014.

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Humanitarian funding analysis: Flooding in Beletweyne, Somalia - 30 October 2014

  1. Key messages
  • Donors have contributed/committed US$521 million of humanitarian funding to Somalia so far in 2014. None of this funding has been in response to the recent flooding in the country.

  • Donors have contributed/committed US$4.5 million in 2014 for projects that have targeted the Beletweyne District in the Hiran region.

  • So far in 2014, the United States (US) is the top donor to Somalia with contributions/commitments of US$188 million – one third of all humanitarian funding to Somalia this year.

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IOM Engages Mogadishu Communities in Discussion of Irregular Migration

The Federal Government of Somalia, women’s groups, youth groups, and IOM today concluded a seven-day community outreach campaign on irregular migration designed to sensitize local communities in Mogadishu to the realities of irregular migration.

At 3,300 km, Somalia is believed to have Africa’s longest coastline and every year hundreds of undocumented young Somali men and women die at sea en route to Europe. But young people continue to make the journey in search of security, jobs and education.

International Organization for Migration:

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Flood Update Issued: 31st October, 2014

The Juba and Shabelle river basins continued to receive heavy to moderate rains over the last week both within the Ethiopian highland and in some parts of Somalia. Today the river level at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) is 8.00m which has surpassed the high risk of flooding and is now 30cm below the bank‐full level. River levels are also high at the lower reaches of Shabelle River. River levels at Luuq, the upstream station of Juba, decreased over the last few days. However, the levels remain high at the lower reaches of the river.

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Poor rains followed by floods likely to worsen Somalia food crisis, experts warn

After a poor rainy season, parts of southern Somalia are now being hit by severe bouts of floods, further aggravating the already alarming food security situation. FAO is urgently appealing for $49 million.

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Kenya + 1 other
UN chief Ban Ki-moon lauds Somali refugees in Dadaab camp

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 30 (UNHCR) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering.

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World + 21 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary October 31 - November 6, 2014

Rainy season begins slowly in southern Africa, dryness widens in Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

  2. Consistently above-average rains across parts of eastern Ethiopia have caused flooding downstream along the Juba and Shabelle River Basins in southern Somalia. Continued rainfall is expected to result in additional flooding.

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World + 17 others
Commission Implementing Decision of 22.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2013) 9533 of 03.01.2014 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2014 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

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Somalia + 1 other
Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 30 October 2014

Light to moderate rains are expected in parts of south and central Somalia. The Ethiopian highlands whose rainfall contribute significantly to the Juba and Shabelle river flow inside Somalia are also expected to receive light rains during the forecast period. The northern parts of the country are expected to remain dry in the coming three days.

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Zimbabwe + 6 others
UNHCR and WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Tongogara Refugee Camp, Zimbabwe

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.

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UK Minister visits Somaliland to promote the rights of women and girls

Lynne Featherstone re-affirms strength of the UK’s partnership with the region.

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has visited Somaliland to re-affirm the strength of the UK’ s partnership with the region and to reinforce the importance of making sure girls and women are at the heart of the development agenda.

Britain and Somaliland have a common interest in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

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UK Minister visits Somalia to promote the rights of women and girls

Lynne Featherstone re-affirms strength of UK partnership with Somalia on visit to Mogadishu.

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has visited Mogadishu to re-affirm the strength of the UK’s partnership with Somalia and to reinforce the importance of making sure women and girls are at the heart of the country’s development.

Britain and Somalia have a common interest in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

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Senegal + 9 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 30 – November 5, 2014

  • Another week of poorly distributed rains across the Greater Horn has led to strengthening deficits in southern Somalia.

  • In southern Africa, a delayed start of monsoonal rains observed in parts of Angola and South Africa.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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UN Secretary-General and World Bank Group President arrive in Mogadishu, pledge support for regional peace, security and development [EN/SO]

Mogadishu, 29 October 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, arrived in Mogadishu to pledge support for Somalia’s transition and for efforts to strengthen security and development across the wider Horn of Africa region.

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Somalia: IDP Shelter Density in Daynile and Dharkenley District, Mogadishu (28 October 2014)


This map illustrates IDPs structure density in the Daynile and Dharkenley districts in Mogadishu, Somalia, as detected in a Pleiades satellite image collected on 9 October 2014. UNOSAT analysis detected a total of 17,010 IDPs structures in these areas, which includes 8,445 temporary housing structures, 176 tukul-style structures, 1,264 shelters and 7,125 buuls. It is likely that subtle differences between temporary housing structures and shelters will lead to significant confusion between those two classes, though the overall structural count is accurate.

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World + 6 others
The “empty void” is a crowded space: health service provision at the margins of fragile and conflict affected states

BioMed Central


Background: Definitions of fragile states focus on state willingness and capacity to ensure security and provide essential services, including health. Conventional analyses and subsequent policies that focus on state-delivered essential services miss many developments in severely disrupted healthcare arenas. The research seeks to gain insights about the large sections of the health field left to evolve spontaneously by the absent or diminished state.

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Nutrition Situation: Post Gu 2014 Analysis Technical Series Report Number VII 55, October 28, 2014

The prevalence of acute malnutrition is affecting 218,000 children, including 44,000 who are severely malnourished, with the majority located in the South and Central Region.

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Somalia + 1 other
Somalia Flood Watch Issued: 28 October, 2014

During the week ending on 27th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands leading to floods in some parts.

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Somalia: Informal IDP Shelters in Border Town of Doolow (as of 28 October 2014)


This map illustrates IDP shelter changes near Doolow, Somalia as visible in satellite imagery acquired 15 September 2014. As of 15 September 2014, within Qansalay IDP settlement south west of Doolow, 904 shelters and 11 administrative buildings were detected and within Kabasa IDP settlement east of the city, 1,457 shelters and 20 administrative buildings were located and marked. Settlement conditions have changed greatly since previous analysis. As 3 March 2013, 99% of the shelters were improvised structures (buuls).