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19 Jul 2017 description

Let me begin by thanking the government of China for convening this meeting to focus on enhancing African capacities in the areas of peace and security.

In my first days as Secretary-General, I attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. I wanted to launch a new era of cooperation with the AU founded on a core conviction.

I firmly believe the international community needs to change the narrative about Africa and to establish a higher platform of cooperation that recognizes Africa’s enormous potential and promise.

19 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Young refugees from Somalia and Eritrea who are eagerly awaited by American foster families have been cleared to travel to the United States, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) tells VOA.

As VOA reported Friday, the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (UMR) Program has been in a state of uncertainty since the Trump administration’s travel order went into effect June 29.

The Supreme Court allowed the order to be implemented as long as travelers and refugees with “bona fide” relationships to people or businesses in the United States were admitted.

19 Jul 2017 description

The Logistics Cluster is responsible for logistics Coordination and Information Management. Where there is a gap in logistics capacity, WFP, as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, acts as a ‘provider of last resort’ by offering Common Logistics Services to support the humanitarian community in their response operations.

Overview

In February 2017, following a prolonged drought, the humanitarian situation in Somalia rapidly deteriorated.

19 Jul 2017 description
report ACTED

Since 2009, ACTED has been acting in Somalia and has focused on this region to improve access to food, water hygiene and sanitation. In December 2016, ACTED opened an office in Badhan (Sanaag region) and settled in Puntland following the worsening drought. Indeed, in March 2017, in Somalia, nearly 2.9 million people are in serious food insecurity. Sanaag is one of the areas most affected by the crisis.

Regarding this crisis situation, The Fonds SUEZ initiatives, once again, wished to engage with the ACTED teams to help the populations of this region.

19 Jul 2017 description

Situation Overview

The 2017 Gu (April – June) seasonal rains were poor and below normal across Somalia. Consequently, drought conditions are worsening and are now likely to continue into the coming Deyr season in October (Gu 2017 Rainfall Performance Report, FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM), 28 June 2017).

19 Jul 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 12,204,893 Swiss francs (increased from 3,308,035 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) support the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in assisting 352,800 people for 27 months. The expanded operation, incorporating the Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) DREF operation (MDRSO006), will focus on the following sectors: health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); food security and livelihoods; and shelter (including household non-food items).

19 Jul 2017 description
  • 79.8 M required for 2017

  • 36.5 M contributions received, representing 46% of requirements

  • 43.3 M funding gap for the Yemen situation

All figures are shown in USD

19 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.

The statement came as UNICEF released its annual Humanitarian Action Study, highlighting UNICEF’s global response in 2016. Last year, UNICEF responded to 344 humanitarian situations in 108 countries, more than ever before.

19 Jul 2017 description

Yemen - After nearly a five-month ordeal, 316 Somali migrants have reached Somalia, transported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, overland through Yemen and across the Arabian Sea.

In February 2017, a smugglers boat, carrying more than 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen. The boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen. A few kilometers from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13.

18 Jul 2017 description

Gaalkacyo - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are facilitating a joint training aimed at preparing a group of police officers from Puntland and Galmudug states in carrying out joint patrols in Gaalkacyo, as part of a ceasefire agreement.

The training is taking place under the auspices of the Gaalkacyo Ceasefire Agreement signed on 1 January 2017 by the Puntland and Galmudug State Presidents.

18 Jul 2017 description

Mohamed Ismail Yasin, originally from Mayle village in northeast Somalia, fled the region’s prolonged and severe drought with his six-member family and most of his livestock.

They had to travel 600 km to the nearest dependable water source: a sand dam near Bandarbeyla in neighbouring Bari region.

Like Mohamed, 615,000 people are currently displaced by the drought in Somalia.

LOOMING FAMINE

18 Jul 2017 description

Rainfall

In Somalia there are unfavourable prospects for this year's main Gu crops, after the Gu rains were late and poorly distributed over most areas of the country. In the Lower Shabelle region, the main maize producing area, seasonal rainfall was about 50 per cent belowaverage with drought conditions currently affecting up to 85 per cent of the cropland.

18 Jul 2017 description
infographic World Health Organization

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In June 2017, an estimated 14 397 suspected cholera cases including 101 associated deaths (CFR- 0.7%) were recorded from 30 districts in Somalia.

  • During this reporting period, the overall trends of suspected cholera cases and deaths have slightly declined with less districts reporting suspected cases as compared to the previous months.

  • Since the beginning of 2017, the cumulative number of suspected cases of cholera reported stands at 71 663 including 1 098 deaths with a case fatality rate of 1.5%.

18 Jul 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing drought crisis, affecting more than half of the country’s population – 6.7 million – of which 4 million are children. Since the beginning of the year, UNICEF’s emergency intervention has resulted in the treatment of 98,900 children for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition; 672,500 women and children under-5 with emergency lifesaving health services; and 1.58 million people accessing temporary safe drinking water.

17 Jul 2017 description

Welcome to the July issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published on the ACLED website.

17 Jul 2017 description

BAIDOA – On Tuesday authorities from South West State, one of Somalia’s Federal Member States, officially launched the Local Government Law and kicked off the district council formation process in the state.

17 Jul 2017 description

Somalia is facing a prolonged drought which has left 6.7 million people - more than half the population of the country - in need of humanitarian assistance. While rains have provided relief in some areas, the Gu rainy season was shorter than normal and generally poor in large parts of the country, including Bakool and northern Bay regions. An elevated risk of famine persists, partly due to severe food consumption gaps, high acute malnutrition and high disease burden.