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25 May 2015 description

Highlights:

· Since the scale-up of WFP’s operations on 15 April in response to the escalating crisis, WFP has reached over 1.5 million people with over 19,000 mt of food.

· From 12 to 17 May, a five-day humanitarian pause took effect in Yemen, providing a critical opportunity for WFP to replenish stocks of food and fuel in hotspot areas and conduct emergency food distributions to assist conflict-affected populations.

25 May 2015 description

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators or their representatives from 9 countries in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania), Regional Directors from humanitarian organizations including from Oxfam, IRC, NRC, ICRC, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, DRC, OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, IOM, UNHCR and ISDR; the Office for the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes; the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank, met in Nairobi on 22 May 2015 …

25 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NATION REPORTER

The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp will resume this week.

The relocation was suspended due to heavy rains that affected roads, according to the Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Haron Komen.

So far 2,050 Somali refugees who were living in Dadaab camp, the world’s largest refugee camp, had been repatriated up to early April when the exercise was put on hold.

Mr Komen said on Friday that the number of refugees to be repatriated will increase when the exercise resumes next week.

24 May 2015 description

Mogadishu, 24 May 2015 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned an attack on two Somali MPs and their driver in Mogadishu yesterday and reiterated the United Nations continuing support for the work of the Federal Parliament.

Mr Yusuf Muhammad Dirir, a Member of the Federal Parliament was shot and killed yesterday with his driver. Another MP, Mr Abdullahi Boss Ahmed was wounded in the same attack.

23 May 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Saturday 5/23/2015 - 17:00 GMT

Gunmen shot dead a Somali member of parliament and wounded another in the capital Mogadishu Saturday, security officials said, the latest in a string of assassinations of politicians in the war-torn country.

Lawmaker Yusuf Dirir Abdi was driving with another MP through the streets of the capital when gunmen in a minibus -- apparently done up to look like an ambulance -- pulled alongside and sprayed the vehicle with bullets, killing Abdi, and wounding his colleague and driver.

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description

By Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA & Claire Elder

The self-declared Republic of Somaliland – a de facto independent state formed from Somalia’s north-western regions – is often described as an island of stability in a sea of conflict. Much of the security enjoyed by its estimated 3.5 million people is attributed to a “hybrid” governance system marrying traditional authority with modern Western style democratic governance.

22 May 2015 description

Somalia - Conflict and a complex humanitarian emergency has forced some 20,000 vulnerable people to flee from Yemen to the Horn of Africa over the past two months. They include refugees from Somalia, migrant workers from third countries and Yemeni civilians.

No commercial flight has landed in or departed from Yemen since 26 March 2015, stranding thousands of people. Internal movement in Yemen is also difficult due to fuel shortages and checkpoints, reducing the options open to most vulnerable people stranded in the country.

22 May 2015 description

IOM Appeals for USD 84 million for Population Affected by Conflict in Yemen

Yemen - IOM has launched a US$ 84 million regional appeal to meet the immediate needs of populations affected by the conflict in Yemen over the next six months, both within Yemen and in the region, including Djibouti and Somalia.

22 May 2015 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On May 22(Friday), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2.4 million US dollars (approximately 290 million Japanese yen) through the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen and Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia, etc. in the area of medical care, foods and non-food materials, and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Yemen.

22 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 21 May, an airstrike hit near IOM’s Migrant Response Center in Haradh (Northern Yemen), killing five Ethiopian migrants and wounding two others who were in the proximity.

  • Over 21,000 people have now fled Yemen to Djibouti and Somalia.

  • On 21 May, IOM launched its Regional Appeal for Yemen, requesting USD 84 million to cover its operations in Yemen and Horn of Africa from April to September 2015.

22 May 2015 description

May 22, 2015 / 64(19);527-531

José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)

22 May 2015 description

21 May 2015 – In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for the respect and safety of health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.

21 May 2015 description

In this issue

Building Flood Resilience Page 2
Mapping Invasive Prosopis Page 3
Feature: Land Degradation Page 4 - 5
SWALIM News in Brief Page 5
SWALIM Capacity Building
Borama Academic Open Day Page 6
New SWALIM Website Page 7
Capacity Needs Assessment Study for Line Ministries Page 8
Building a Sustainable Climate Data Monitoring System Page 9
Pictorial Page 10

21 May 2015 description

Life, in partnership with Brother’s Brother Foundation and the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, delivered a 40 foot shipping container of primary and secondary school books to schools in Mogadishu Somalia, which were donated by McGraw-Hill Publishing.

20 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The first 32 refugees, fleeing war-torn Yemen, arrive on Somalia’s northern coastline, reversing a decades-old trend which saw Somalis seeking safety in Yemen.

· UNICEF provides multi-sectoral response to population displacement caused by fighting in Guri Ceel and Galgala; the response includes provision of nutritional supplies, educational supplies for the out-of-school children, WASH emergency supplies and Family Relief Kits.