- Food Security Outlook October to March 2015
- Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law - Amnesty
- Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini at the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia Copenhagen, 20 November 2014
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2014
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
Humanitarian partners step up response in drought and conflict affected areas in the most affected regions.
Despite the challenging operating environment, aid organizations have used different modalities to assist people in areas previously beyond reach.
Critical boost in funding for reprioritized needs, but funding levels falls short of needs on the ground.
- About 3.2 million people now need life-saving or livelihood assistance in Somalia, as modest gains have reversed.
- Almost 11,000 internally displaced people evicted in Mogadishu in late August and September.
- Disease outbreaks continue to be of concern with 7,000 measles cases reported in 2014 and one new polio case in early September.
The food security situation has worsened as early warnings highlight drought conditions in parts of Somalia.
Alarming malnutrition rates above threshold levels have been recorded among displaced communities in Mogadishu.
UN Central Emergency Response Fund allocates over US$20 million in emergency funding to Somalia.
• The food security situation is projected to deteriorate in Somalia between July and December, according to food security experts.
• Battling disease outbreaks remain a top priority for health partners, who report three confirmed cholera cases in Mogadishu.
• Raising critical funds for life-saving activities is paramount given the current combination of delayed and below average rains, rising food prices and continued conflict.
No. of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 857,000
No. of people in stress 2m
Somalia is at risk of sliding back into emergency due to a combination of delayed rains and continued conflict, which could worsen food security.
Emergency response continued in areas where humanitarian access is possible.
Despite the serious humanitarian situation, resources for Somalia in 2014 are critically low.
# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis - 857,000
# of people in stress - 2m
Tens of thousands of people have temporarily moved due to military operations.
Safe, unfettered and sustained access is essential to gain clarity on the needs and conditions of people in southern and central Somalia and to reach the half million unvaccinated children in inaccessible areas.
Nearly all humanitarian agencies are facing significant resource gaps for 2014 and some programmes are beginning to close or shut down.
Emergency response ongoing for thousands of people affected by the military operation in southern and central Somalia.
Humanitarian access remains a major challenge due to the volatile security situation.
With limited funding received, pooled funds focus on most critical regions to maximize impact.
The ongoing Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military operation in southern and central Somalia has so far directly impacted Bakool, Gedo, Hiraan, Lower and Middle Shabelle regions. The situation remains fluid and movements, mainly short-term, continue to be reported, mostly around the towns directly affected by the military offensive. According to initial reports to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, an estimated 12,000 people were temporarily displaced between 17 and 22 March.
The military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in southern and central Somalia continues. Most of the humanitarian needs, which have arisen so far, are related to population movements – either people moving out of towns affected by the military operation, or people previously displaced moving back to newly recovered areas.
The anticipated military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to recover Al Shabaab controlled areas in southern and central Somalia has begun. The operation is expected to directly affect scores of districts and regions in southern and central Somalia.
While there have been incremental improvements, the humanitarian situation remains fragile and needs vast.
Recent findings show a slight increase in the number of severely malnourished children compared to six months ago.
Possible military operations in key agricultural areas of southern and central Somalia could have multi-layered consequences.
Recent assessments point to a below average harvest in early 2014.
Nutrition situation remains critical for people residing in settlements for displaced.
The continued insecurity and use of asymmetric warfare tactics has adversely affected the ability to plan and carry out aid work.
Humanitarian actors and Puntland authorities mobilzed rapid assistance to areas hardest hit by the tropical storm. But concerns remain for thousands of families who still struggle to cope with the devastation.
Insecurity and lack of access hamper aid efforts to reach thousands of families affected by floods and violence in Middle Shabelle.
Humanitarian partners are looking at contingency plans to ensure preparedness and response for the possibility of increased food insecurity.
Strong winds and heavy rains in Puntland leave an unknown number of people dead and thousands affected.
Outlook for food security remains cautious in parts of Somalia due to erratic rains.
Humanitarian air service seeks urgent funding to maintain its support to humanitarian activities.