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Ethiopia + 4 others
Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

KEY FIGURES

  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

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World + 23 others
Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

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Somalia: UN’s Emergency Fund provides a life-line, for now

A $20 million boost from the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) will go a long way in providing life-saving aid in Somalia, but it won’t be enough to halt a deepening crisis, aid agencies warn.

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World + 6 others
Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 19 August 2014

Attacks against humanitarian workers are on the rise in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For the period 2013-2014, 298 incidents were recorded against humanitarian workers, in which 286 were killed, 441 wounded and 402 kidnapped. The overwhelming majority of victims are national staff, with Non-Governmental Organizations the most affected.

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks, with 2013 witnessing the highest number of incidents

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Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini during meeting with the Security Council in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 13 August 2014 - Good afternoon distinguished representatives of the Security Council. I am pleased to welcome you to Somalia and for this opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, on behalf of the members of the Somalia Humanitarian Country team, who are here today.

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Somalia: Humanitarian Funding Snapshot (as of 31 July 2014)

Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014

The Somalia SRP was severely underfunded as of 31 July, having received US$269 million (29 per cent) of the $933 million requested.
This includes $19.4 million in carry-over funds. About $664 million is still required to fund the aid operations in 2014

Requirements and funding per cluster

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Aid groups investigate polio outbreak

UN agencies in Somalia have combined forces to visit a remote district of Puntland in north-east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year. The victims – a young father who died and three children who were paralysed – all live in Jariban district, a long drive along a dusty track from the nearest main town of Galkayo.

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Somalia - UN Physical Presence (July 2014)

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Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 7 August 2014)

Humanitarian needs in Somalia remained immense, with 2.9 million people requiring assistance. Poor rainfall, continued conflict, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition and the restricted flow of commercial goods all contributed to worsen an already fragile situation. A significant funding shortfall and access restrictions reduced response capacity to reach people in need.

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South Sudan + 16 others
OCHA Country Based Pooled Funds 2013

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Djibouti + 9 others
Eastern Africa: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 05 Aug 2014)

New OCHA Regional Humanitarian Snapshot highlights severe funding gaps in South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia as 14.4 million people face food insecurity across region.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia June 2014 | Issued on 24 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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World + 13 others
CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014

Eleven countries were selected for allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.

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World + 11 others
UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

(New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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OCHA founded radio station turns words into action

Hearing her voice on the radio, Farhia Hersi was overjoyed. She remembered speaking to a reporter about water shortages in Ceel Waq in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, but never imagined anything would come of it.

Here she was on the radio, appealing to listeners on behalf of her community about their urgent need for water. A week later, water trucks arrived thanks to an attentive and responsive local NGO.

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Somalia humanitarian and development statistics, July 2014

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Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of June 2014)

Food security situation in Somalia is expected to deteriorate in the second half of the year, according to FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). The food crisis could worsen due to poor and erratic rains, continued conflict, restricted flow of commercial goods, increasing malnutrition and surging food prices. Due to below normal rains, the overall harvest is expected to be poor, resulting in cereal prices rising significantly in the southern parts of Somalia.

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Central Emergency Response Fund allocates $1.4 million to fight measles outbreak in Somalia

Around 4,000 suspected cases of measles were reported in Somalia between January and June, more than double the suspected cases seen in the same period last year.

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Drought conditions set to worsen Somalia food crisis - Statement by Philippe Lazzarini, Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia [EN/SO]

Philippe Lazzarini said: "In the coming months, for the first time since the 2011 famine, we will see the number of people in food security crisis and emergency go up again."

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Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia May 2014 | Issued on 7 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• 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.

FIGURES

No. of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis 857,000

No. of people in stress 2m

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