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22 Jul 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Several seasons of consecutive poor and failed rains in Somalia have affected pastoral and agro-pastoral communities negatively, forcing them to travel vast distances to find water and grazing land for themselves and their affected animals. Since January 2017, populations have been displaced to Baidoa district in increasing numbers and have resulted in the development of new informal IDP settlements around Baidoa Town.

22 Jul 2017 description

Key Figures
- 20.7 million people in need
- 1,988,946 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
- 81% of IDPs displaced for more than a year
- 900,258 IDP returnees
- 865,121 recipients of NFIs since March 2015
- 280,096 refugees and asylum seekers

- USD 114.6 million requested for IDPs and refugees in Yemen for 2017

Operational Update

21 Jul 2017 description


707,216 South Sudanese new arrivals since 8 Jul 2016

272,206 South Sudanese refugees settled in Bidibidi

172,059 South Sudanese refugees settled in Palorinya

107,330 South Sudanese refugees settled in Imvepi


Emergency Response

21 Jul 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

UNFPA Somalia continues to scale up efforts in ensuring that no woman or new-born dies during birth and protecting women and girls from gender-based violence (GBV) even in the current drought situation ravaging Somalia.

21 Jul 2017 description

Gesture aims to encourage governments to support FAO's emergency response

21 July 2017, Rome - In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has symbolically donated €25,000 to FAO's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East Africa.

Pope Francis said the funds are "a symbolic contribution to an FAO programme that provides seeds to rural families in areas affected by the combined effects of conflicts and drought."

21 Jul 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 700th meeting held on 12 July 2017, adopted the following decision on the Report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on AU-United Nations (UN) Joint Review on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), renewal of the mandate of AMISOM and on the Report on the Ten-Year Lessons Learned on AMISOM:


20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

20 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

David H. Shinn, Adjunct professor of international affairs, George Washington University

20 Jul 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Mogadishu, 19 July 2017 – Sweden has granted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) USD 8.5 Million to scale-up high impact reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health interventions in Somalia.

Millions of women in Somalia remain at great risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, one in 22 women dies prematurely due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Most of these complications and illnesses are easily preventable and treatable. Strong political will and long-term financial commitment is urgently needed to address the high maternal deaths.

19 Jul 2017 description

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chairman Young, Ranking Member Merkley, and the members of this subcommittee for holding this important and timely hearing today. Refugees International (RI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people in parts of the world impacted by conflict, persecution and forced displacement. Based here in Washington, we conduct fact-finding missions to research and report on the circumstances of displaced populations in countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Uganda, and Turkey.

19 Jul 2017 description

Let me begin by thanking the government of China for convening this meeting to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security.

In my first days as Secretary-General, I attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. I wanted to launch a new era of cooperation with the AU founded on a core conviction.

I firmly believe the international community needs to change the narrative about Africa and to establish a higher platform of cooperation that recognizes Africa’s enormous potential and promise.

19 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Young refugees from Somalia and Eritrea who are eagerly awaited by American foster families have been cleared to travel to the United States, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) tells VOA.

As VOA reported Friday, the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (UMR) Program has been in a state of uncertainty since the Trump administration’s travel order went into effect June 29.

The Supreme Court allowed the order to be implemented as long as travelers and refugees with “bona fide” relationships to people or businesses in the United States were admitted.

19 Jul 2017 description

The Logistics Cluster is responsible for logistics Coordination and Information Management. Where there is a gap in logistics capacity, WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, acts as a ‘provider of last resort’ by offering Common Logistics Services to support the humanitarian community in their response operations.


In February 2017, following a prolonged drought, the humanitarian situation in Somalia rapidly deteriorated.

19 Jul 2017 description
report ACTED

Since 2009, ACTED has been acting in Somalia and has focused on this region to improve access to food, water hygiene and sanitation. In December 2016, ACTED opened an office in Badhan (Sanaag region) and settled in Puntland following the worsening drought. Indeed, in March 2017, in Somalia, nearly 2.9 million people are in serious food insecurity. Sanaag is one of the areas most affected by the crisis.

Regarding this crisis situation, The Fonds SUEZ initiatives, once again, wished to engage with the ACTED teams to help the populations of this region.

19 Jul 2017 description

Situation Overview

The 2017 Gu (April – June) seasonal rains were poor and below normal across Somalia. Consequently, drought conditions are worsening and are now likely to continue into the coming Deyr season in October (Gu 2017 Rainfall Performance Report, FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), 28 June 2017).

19 Jul 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 12,204,893 Swiss francs (increased from 3,308,035 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) support the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in assisting 352,800 people for 27 months. The expanded operation, incorporating the Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) DREF operation (MDRSO006), will focus on the following sectors: health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); food security and livelihoods; and shelter (including household non-food items).

19 Jul 2017 description
  • 79.8 M required for 2017

  • 36.5 M contributions received, representing 46% of requirements

  • 43.3 M funding gap for the Yemen situation

All figures are shown in USD

19 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.

The statement came as UNICEF released its annual Humanitarian Action Study, highlighting UNICEF’s global response in 2016. Last year, UNICEF responded to 344 humanitarian situations in 108 countries, more than ever before.

19 Jul 2017 description

Yemen - After nearly a five-month ordeal, 316 Somali migrants have reached Somalia, transported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, overland through Yemen and across the Arabian Sea.

In February 2017, a smugglers boat, carrying more than 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen. The boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen. A few kilometers from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13.

18 Jul 2017 description

Gaalkacyo - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are facilitating a joint training aimed at preparing a group of police officers from Puntland and Galmudug states in carrying out joint patrols in Gaalkacyo, as part of a ceasefire agreement.

The training is taking place under the auspices of the Gaalkacyo Ceasefire Agreement signed on 1 January 2017 by the Puntland and Galmudug State Presidents.