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18 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • A total of 3128 AWD/ cholera cases and 32 deaths (CFR–1.0%) were reported during week 14 (3 – 9 April 2017) in 50 districts in 11 regions. Of these, 223 cases were reported from Walaweyn in Lower Shebelle, which represents 7.1% of the total cases.

  • There is a slight decrease in the number of new AWD/ cholera cases and deaths reported – 3128 cases/ 32 deaths were recorded in week 14 compared to 3292 cases/ 67 deaths in week 13.

18 Apr 2017 description

Small business grants are turning Somali women’s lives around in Mogadishu, as they become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

Somalia’s conflict forced 50-year-old Hawa and her family from their home in Baidoa in 2005. A family of farmers, they were badly affected when criminals robbed all their animals during the insecurity. Hawa fled to the capital, Mogadishu, with her seven children, as their farmland was no long productive and the area was no longer safe.

City of dreams

18 Apr 2017 description
report Taiwan Red Cross

Severe hunger has become the most severe humanitarian crisis in Africa since 1945. Taiwan Red Cross, in response to the food crisis appeal launched by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has decided to donate USD 30,000 to support the lives in Central and Eastern Africa.

17 Apr 2017 description

Somalia’s international partners welcome the decisions taken by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS) at the recent two-day consultation meeting in Mogadishu. The United Nations, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), Italy, Ethiopia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America all express their support for the outcome of these constructive discussions.

17 Apr 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

The road to starvation can be long and agonizing. But for Hauwa, it happened in an instant.

One afternoon last February, Hauwa and her five children were home on their farm in Nigeria when the distant rumble of motorcycles broke through the peace of their village. Boko Haram had come. The village scattered: Hauwa dropped everything, grabbed her kids, untied the family cow and sprinted into the wilderness. In a single moment, the life they knew was over.

17 Apr 2017 description

Humanitarian partners involved in efforts to address the current drought crisis in Somalia, held a meeting Tuesday to discuss ways of strengthening partnerships to better deliver assistance to affected communities.

The roundtable meeting organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). the Humanitarian Forum and the Muslim Charities Forum, focused on the prevention of famine in Somalia which threatens to affect millions of vulnerable people.

17 Apr 2017 description

Addis Ababa April 17, 2017 High level health officials from three neighboring countries have praised Ethiopia for the care and support the country is providing for refugees.

The officials from Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, who talked to ENA, said Ethiopia is a showcase for hosting and treating refugees by enabling them to feel at home.

Head of Planning, Policy and Partnership Affairs Division at the Somalia Ministry of Health, Muhammad Abdullahi said Ethiopia has sheltered thousands of Somali citizens who fled the civil war and the recurrent drought.

17 Apr 2017 description

Beletweyne, 16 April 2017– Youths in Beletwayne have resolved to work closely with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces to improve security in the region.

The resolution was made last Friday during a two-day conference organized by Hiran Youth, an umbrella youth organization in collaboration with HirShabelle administration.

16 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

• The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and the possibility of famine in 2017 persists. While the Gu rains have started in parts of Somalia, much of the damage to crops and livestock has already been done and the humanitarian situation is expected to continue to deteriorate through June.

16 Apr 2017 description

A team of 10 Somali police officers from Jubbaland state are being trained by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Explosive Ordinance Disposal to help boost security in Somalia’s federal states. Officials say this course is timely given the increasing use of improvised explosive devices by the violent extremist organization Al-Shabaab.

15 Apr 2017 description

Key Figures

571,000
drought displacements since November 2016

10,000
arrivals to Mogadishu 1- 7 April 2017

11,000
arrivals to Baidoa 1- 7 April 2017

31,000
drought-displaced during 1 -7 April 2017

15 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu Somalia, Saturday 15 April – UNHCR Somalia is welcoming a generous contribution of USD 10,544,000 by the Government of Japan to support return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya and families affected by the ongoing drought.

The contribution will enhance access to primary health care assistance, shelter, education and basic social services for refugees returning to urban and rural areas. Somalia’s health sector and other basic services have limited capacity to serve the existing population and the returning refugees.

15 Apr 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief this week began the second phase of its drought emergency response, with food distribution and health programmes targeting internally displaced people (IDP) in Somalia.

Since November 2016, 536,000 people have been displaced in the drought-ravaged country. 70,000 have arrived in Baidoa and around 72,000 in Mogadishu in March alone, in search of food and water.

14 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Mogadishu, 14 April 2017 — Of the 6.2 million people affected by the drought ravaging Somalia, more than 1.5 million are women of childbearing age. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is particularly concerned about the fate of 607,000 pregnant women across the country who need maternal health services to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery, including emergency obstetric services.

To help address their needs, UNFPA is scaling up its emergency response to help more than 130,000 pregnant women who may require urgent care.

14 Apr 2017 description

Dryness remains in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. However, above-average rainfall since March has helped to alleviate seasonal dryness.

  2. Despite an increase in moisture following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, long- term moisture deficits remain due to very poor rains earlier in the season throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

14 Apr 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12795
13 APRIL 2017
SECURITY COUNCIL
7925TH MEETING (AM)

Eritrea’s Representative Says Embargo Unjustified, Denies Links to Terrorist Group

In light of the threat posed by Al-Shabaab, drought and the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the Security Council Committee on sanctions in Eritrea and Somalia announced a possible future visit to the Horn of Africa today, as members expressed diverging views on arms embargoes imposed on those countries.