- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Oct 2014, Issued on 24 Nov 2014
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update Nov 2014
- Amnesty Int'l: Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2015
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
Seasonal outlook and impact on food security
There has been a general decrease in the number of food insecure people as harvests continue across the region. Following an extended dry period and delayed onset of rains, a large part of the arid, semi-arid lands (ASALs) have received below-average rainfall providing limited relief.
The people of Somalia continue to face a severe humanitarian crisis. Over 1 million Somalis are unable to meet their basic food requirements, an increase of 20 percent since February 2014. This is the first time the number of people in need of life-saving assistance has increased since the end of the devastating famine in 2011. In addition, the food security situation of over 2.1 million people remains fragile, bringing the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to 3.2 million.
In 2015, humanitarian partners estimate that 15.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance. This represents an 8 per cent increase since last year, mainly due to the effects of expanded conflict, improved access to areas that were inaccessible, better data and population growth in areas of high need.
SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE 2014
The Somalia humanitarian response is severely underfunded having received US$576 million to date. The funding includes $371 million, (40 per cent) contribution to the $933 million requested under the 2014 humanitarian response plan (HRP) and $205 million funded to projects outside the appeal.
Aid workers use different modalities to expand humanitarian access
The people of Somalia are facing a deepening humanitarian crisis. Over 1 million Somalis are unable to meet their basic food requirements, an increase of 20 per cent since February this year. This is the first time the number of people in need of life-saving assistance has increased since the end of the devastating famine in 2011, an indication that the modest gains made in the last two years are being reversed. A further 2.1 million people are on the verge of slipping into acute food insecurity, bringing the number of people in need of humanitarian aid to 3.2 million.
Continuing fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has caused limited displacement of people and shut down schools. Humanitarian access to affected areas is difficult because of security concerns. In Sana’a, recent fighting caused grave violations against children. During October, a record number of migrants from the Horn of Africa died at sea.
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) remains severely underfunded. The plan has received a reported 34 per cent of the requested US$933 million. Entering the final quarter of 2014, humanitarian partners face significant funding gaps to respond to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected people in Somalia.
September saw political turmoil and an outbreak of conflict in Sana'a claiming some 274 lives and leaving 470 wounded. Beyond treating casualties, protection needs, psychosocial counselling and a need for removal of explosive remnants of war there was limited humanitarian need resulting from the conflict. Despite the uncertain political situation in Yemen there has been a marked increase in the influx of migrants and refugees from Africa - in excess of 10,500 people in August.
Somalia is again facing a serious crisis due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, rising malnutrition, conflict and funding gaps. Over 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and the numbers are on the rise. With another external shock, fragile gains made since the 2012 famine could be eroded and the country could easily tip back into another devastating emergency.
Over 1 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity. This is a 20 percent increase, from 857,000 people, six months ago. This brings the number of people in need of humanitarian aid or livelihood support to over 3 million, according to new findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The worsening situation is due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition, insecurity and slow funding.
MALNUTRITION ON THE RISE
Somalia Strategic Response Plan 2014
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014 is severely underfunded. The plan has received slightly above a third of the requested US$933 million. Over half a billion US dollars is still required to respond to the vast humanitarian needs in Somalia.
Population movement is a major contributor to the crisis in Yemen, as people on the move often face greater difficulties in meeting their basic needs. Migrants, IDPs and refugees are also exposed to gross violations of their human rights. Several waves of conflict, insecurity and lack of access have made it extremely difficult to accurately estimate new displacements and needs.