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25 May 2015 description

Communiqué

Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

19 May 2015 description

Key planning figures

12.1 6 million food insecure people in crisis and emergency phases (Apr-15)
6.62 million people displaced internally (Mar-15)
2.3 million refugees in the region (Mar-15)
950 million US$ funded (May 2015)

Key drivers of crisis in the region

Conflict and Insecurity

13 May 2015 description

The Gu rainy season (April - June) started on time in most parts of Somalia. Moderate rainfall has been received in southern and central Somalia. If the rains are good, they will allow for increased crop production, pasture growth and replenishment of water reservoirs. This is crucial for improving the food security situation of the 3 million people who are in need of humanitarian and livelihood assistance.

08 May 2015 description

After two years in Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, moves onto his next posting in Beirut, Lebanon. On the eve of his departure from Somalia, we sat down with him to get his insights about the future of a country that is trying to rebuild following two decades of civil war.

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07 May 2015 description
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SITUATION OVERVIEW

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.03 billion. The largest recipient wasSyria, with US$ 465 million, followed by Iraq with US$ 88.6 million. Yemen recently launched a Flash Appeal requesting $273.7 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 17.4% funded with a 82.6% shortfall.

07 May 2015 description

SOMALIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLAN 2015

The Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is underfunded, with only $99 million, or 12 per cent, reported against the $863 million required so far. An additional $38 million has been contributed to humanitarian activities outside of the appeal, bringing the total humanitarian funding to $137 million.

Additional contributions are urgently needed to fund life-saving activities and humanitarian basic services to prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

30 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Take over of civilian facilities in Aden must stop. Parties to conflict must stop causing suffering of civilians and avoid the destruction of civilian infrastructure.

Overview

29 Apr 2015 description

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security is expected to deepen for many vulnerable households as the lean period start by end April - May. Malnutrition levels are expected to worsen after May and are already above critical thresholds in parts of northern Kenya, eastern and southern Ethiopia, rural Djibouti, and south-central Somalia.

28 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Attacks on hospitals must stop. All parties to the conflict are legally obligated under International Humanitarian Law to respect and protect civilians and to spare them from the effects of the fighting.
Overview

27 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Humanitarian partners only have fuel left for two more weeks of life-saving operations. Hospitals too will shut down in one week unless additional fuel becomes available. Fuel shortages in country and restrictions on imports mean that additional fuel is difficult to come by and can cost as much as US$10 per litre.

Overview

27 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attack on UN aid workers in Puntland underscores the dangerous and difficult operating environment aid workers face in Somalia.

  • Onset of principal rainy season brings relief to dry conditions, but heightens the risk of flooding and disease outbreaks.

  • More money transfers organizations shut down further jeopardizing Somali remittance lifeline

FIGURES

-# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 7 731,000

-# of people in food security stress 2.3m

21 Apr 2015 description

(New York, 21 April 2015) Yesterday's horrific attack on UNICEF staff in Somalia is a reminder of the dangers faced by many humanitarian aid workers on a daily basis. Aid workers are increasingly targets, with serious consequences for our ability to reach people who urgently need help. Attacks on humanitarian workers can constitute a war crime and are in total violation of international humanitarian and human rights law.

Those who perpetrate these attacks must be held accountable.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • IOM assisted the return of nearly 170 Ethiopians from Yemen. IOM evacuated nearly 300 people from more than 20 countries through the humanitarian bridge to Khartoum. Direct flights from Sanaa to Ethiopia are also expected to begin in the coming days.

  • The Government allocated resources to procure 5000MT of maize to cover shortfalls in the first round relief food ration.

19 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Humanitarian partners urgently require US$274 million to meet the immediate life-saving needs of 7.5 million conflict-affected people over the next three months.

Overview

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.

  • Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.

  • Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.

  • More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.

15 Apr 2015 description

Daily Key messages

Assessment findings show that conflict has significantly exacerbated humanitarian needs for millions of affected people in Yemen.

10 Apr 2015 description

With the start of Gu rains at end of March, the main planting season in Somalia has begun.
Sufficient rains will be critical for the 3 million people currently facing food insecurity. This will support crop production, pasture growth and replenishment of water supplies especially in agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The Gu (April-June) is the season during which about 75 per cent of annual rainfall is recorded.

30 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steep increase in forced evictions in Mogadishu. Displaced people lost belongings and moved to areas with limited or no services.

  • Humanitarian access through the major supply roads remain constrained in southern and central regions of Somalia.

  • Timely humanitarian funding crucial to sustain response to 2.8 million Somalis.

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