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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.

17 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu 17 July 2017--“The Mogadishu One Stop Youth Centre is a symbol of hope that offers us a physical space that we can tailor to meet our needs. What does that look like for youth in Mogadishu?

17 Jul 2017 description
report European Union

17/07/2017 12:20 Press release 481/17

The Council adopted conclusions on addressing the risks of famine. The conclusions note that humanitarian needs have been unprecedented in 2017. They include numerous chronic food security crises, with four countries facing an alarming risk of famine: Yemen, north-east Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan, where overall about 20 million people at risk of starvation.

17 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 17 July 2017 - The Federal Government of Somalia in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) has launched an extensive programme to train over 350 judicial officers countrywide to assist in the rebuilding of the country’s justice sector.

The training programme, designed and developed with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Joint Rule of Law Programme, the European Union and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), will be conducted in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of Mogadishu University.

17 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The drought impact is particularly severe in Isiolo and parts of Wajir (West and South), Turkana and Tana River counties.

  • Nutrition surveys undertaken in June 2017 in Turkana indicate a deepening nutritional crisis compared to 5 months ago, with 3 of the 4 sub counties reporting acute malnutrition of greater than 30% and severe acute malnutrition ranging from 6-12%.

17 Jul 2017 description
report IRIN

Demobilising ex-combatants as part of a peace deal is hard to do at the best of times. But increasingly – from Kenya to Somalia – it’s being tried in the middle of ongoing anti-insurgency conflicts, which adds a whole new level of complication.

Read more on IRIN

16 Jul 2017 description

Mogadishu, 16 July 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to repudiate allegations by a local media organization, which claimed that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, 20kms northwest of Mogadishu, on July 9, 2017. In the interest of the people of Somalia, AMISOM would like to state the following;

  1. On 9 July 2017, an AMISOM convoy from Albao Forward Operating Base (FOB) ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which exploded and seriously damaged one of its vehicles.

15 Jul 2017 description

Key Messages
- The June to September main rainy season in northern areas of East Africa has so far been average to above average in most areas, supporting regeneration of pasture and favorable crop development. However, areas of central and southwestern Ethiopia, northeastern Uganda, and southwestern Kenya received below-average rainfall in June.

15 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank Group Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin writes about the New Way of Working and collaboration with UN agencies and International Organizations to help bridge the humanitarian-development nexus.*

Due to drought conditions and conflict, more than 20 million people in in Somalia, Northeast Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation and famine, which is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since 1945.

14 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank

Somalia is on the brink of famine resulting primarily from severe drought. Half of the country’s population – an estimated 6.7 million people – are acutely food insecure and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. This comes only six years after a famine led to the death of more than a quarter of a million people – half of them were children.

14 Jul 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Time for AU to End Military Use of Schools and Universities

There was a marching band, a choir, dignitaries, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

On Tuesday, some 300 Burundian soldiers serving in the African Union peace support force in Somalia (AMISOM), finally abandoned their military base on the Somalia National University campus in Dharkenley district, west of Mogadishu. The troops have been encamped at the university for 10 years.

14 Jul 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 30 June 2017, 83,752 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 19% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (70,222). In June, 23,524 persons reached Italian shores, compared to 22,371 who arrived in June 2016.

14 Jul 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 June 2017, 11,406 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 14% of all sea arrivals during this period. This proportion is comparable to the first six months of 2016, when 15% of those arriving by sea were UASC. UASC numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 10,640 UASC arrived in the first six months of the year.

14 Jul 2017 description

NRC in 2016: our year in review

We assisted millions in 2016. It wasn’t easy.

The numbers were bleak. Nearly 66 million people were on the move, fleeing conflict and disaster. But we persevered.

In 2016, displacement figures topped the charts yet again. As the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) scaled up, our 2016 annual report details, we supported more than six million people throughout the year – improving 2015 achievements by nearly 27 per cent.

A balancing act

14 Jul 2017 description
report Theirworld

Some students living in war-hit countries like Syria and Yemen have to go to extraordinary lengths to complete their end-of-year tests.

For most children, exam time means cramming in last-minute studying, a nervous walk to school and a worrying wait for the results.

But for many others, it can mean long and arduous journeys - sometimes with overnight stays - to get to an exam centre. It can mean trying to study and answer test questions in a baking-hot tent in a refugee camp.

14 Jul 2017 description

Number of people needing humanitarian assistance on the rise

14 July 2017, Rome - Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead - according to an alert released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).