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13 Jan 2017 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia has become increasingly fragile. Some 5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 1.1 million are acutely food insecure. Severe drought conditions are expanding across the country. (AWD)/Cholera outbreaks have been reported in some areas. To boost drought response, pooled funds have been released. Humanitarian partners are scaling up life-saving response to the most vulnerable people.

09 Jan 2017 description
infographic Government of Ireland

At the beginning of 2017, approximately 65 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes and 130 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of ongoing violence, conflict and natural disaster.

Ireland is responding to these people’s urgent needs through our humanitarian assistance programme, managed by Irish Aid.

07 Jan 2017 description

173,008 Sea arrivals Jan-Nov 2016
144,205 Sea arrivals Jan-Nov 2015

Between 1 January and 30 November 2016, 173,008 persons arrived to Italy by sea, compared to 144,205 sea arrivals in the first eleven months of 2015. This represents a 20% increase compared to last year.

06 Jan 2017 description

In December 2016 there was an 35% decrease in the number of migrants interviewed, with a total of 527 from four MRC locations. Of the 527 migrants interviewed 223 were in Somalia, representing 42% of the total. December data shows 76% were men and 24% were women. 99% of the migrants were Ethiopian and 405 individuals (77% of the total) were intending to travel to Saudi Arabia. The number of children interviewed in December reduced to 87, from 90 in September. This month 77% of the migrants left their homes for “economic reasons”.

04 Jan 2017 description
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  1. IN 2016, HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$7 billion and have received $4 billion. In total, MENA HRPs are 56 per cent funded. Three new FLASH APPEALS address specific situations: in Iraq where the humanitarian impact of the Mosul operation requires $284 million; in Afghanistan where $152 million is needed to assist returnees from Pakistan; and in Libya where $10 million is needed for Sirt.

04 Jan 2017 description

In November 2016 there was an 38% decrease in the number of migrants interviewed, with a total of 812 from four MRC locations. Of the 812 migrants interviewed 316 were in Ethiopia, representing 39% of the total. November data shows 76% were men and 24% were women. 99.9% of the migrants were Ethiopian and 687 individuals (85% of the total) were intending to travel to Saudi Arabia. The number of children interviewed in November reduced to 90, from 184 in September. The location of Metema, Ethiopia, interviewed 40 migrants in November.

03 Jan 2017 description
  • As of 30 December 2016, the inter-agency coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22.1 billion -- an increase of 10 per cent since it was first launched twelve months ago -- to meet the needs of 96.2 million humanitarian crisis-affected people in 40 countries. By the end of 2016, $12.6 billion were raised towards the coordinated appeals -- more than ever before. Despite immense donor generosity, it is only 57 percent of the requirements committed, leaving a short fall of $9.5 billion.

28 Dec 2016 description

Humanitarian assistance continued across Somalia. In November, an estimated 466,100 people received food assistance, and more than 124,000 people were reached with activities aimed at building livelihoods. From August to November,1.8 million people received livelihood seasonal inputs such as seeds, tools, fishing equipment, irrigation vouchers and livestock distribution and vaccination. Between January and November, nearly 189,200 malnourished children under age of 5 were admitted into nutrition programmes.

27 Dec 2016 description

Libya continues to be the main departure and transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. As of 18 December 2016, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 14,038 people in different locations along the Libyan coast, mainly Az Zawiyah, Tripoli and Tajurah. Since January 2016, Libyan local authorities have recovered 1,207 bodies of people who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

16 Dec 2016 description

Key Figures

3 million
Number of Persons of Concern (as of 30 November 2016)

Apprehension and Interception Figures in 2016 (as of 28 November 2016)

~**49,500** Number of Sea and Land
Apprehensions / Interceptions in 2016
187
Dead / Missing in 2016 in Turkish Territorial Water
~**36,000**
Interceptions at sea
~**13,500** Apprehensions at land borders Greece/Bulgaria:

13 Dec 2016 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia has become increasingly fragile towards the end of 2016. Drought conditions in Puntland and Somaliland have deepened and spread to southern and central regions of the country. An estimated 5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Armed violence and withdrawal of international troops have led to a spike in displacement in southern and central Somalia. Access related constraints continue to impact timely delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Humanitarian response continues, albeit limited resources.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn, East and Central Africa issues this call for action to respond to the urgent needs of over 15 million people experiencing a devastating drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The time to act is now.

GOVERNMENTS AND HUMANITARIAN ACTORS SHOULD:

  • Work with market actors to ensure urgent access to water through the provision of vouchers or cash to vulnerable people, and as a last resort undertake water trucking