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12 Apr 2017 description

BACKGROUND Somalia has been hit by a prolonged drought and the humanitarian situation in the country has been rapidly deteriorating since late 2016. Malnutrition and drought-related disease outbreaks are on the rise as Acute Watery Diarrhoea/Cholera has spread to most regions. The number of people displaced by drought since November 2016 is over 250,000. Half of the population – 6.2 out of the 12.3 million people – are acutely food insecure and in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA, 2017).

12 Apr 2017 description

- Airlift of 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief supplies dispatched to Somalia

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., announced that Ireland has today (Wednesday) dispatched over 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief supplies to Somalia.

Announcing the airlift, Minister Flanagan said:

12 Apr 2017 description
report Heritage Institute

APRIL 2017

The ongoing drought in Somalia – referred to in the Somali language as Sima, which means the leveler, ubiquitous or pervasive – has enveloped the entire country. If rain does not arrive by mid April, and if a massive humanitarian campaign is not mounted swiftly, the drought could morph into an insidious famine that could devastate the country. Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable men, women and children could starve to death.

11 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 10 April 2017 - Emergency Directors today visited Baidoa and Kismaayo to assess the impact of drought on populations in South West and Jubbaland states which are the worst affected throughout Somalia.

“There are now over 150,000 people that have newly been displaced in Baidoa because of the drought. We have come from headquarters of UN and international NGOs to see the situation and support the response,” said John Ging Director of the Operational Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

11 Apr 2017 description

Key Highlights

  • Health cluster allocated IOM Gedo, Banadir and Mudug regions to respond to the AWD/Cholera outbreak in the coming 2 months.

  • In lower Juba where IOM manages the cold chain supply hubs for vaccines (in partnership with UNICEF), 25 health facilities in Kismayo, Abdile birole, Dhobley and Afmadow towns were routinely supplied with vaccines on weekly basis during this quarter.

11 Apr 2017 description

Situation Overview

Severe drought conditions are widespread across Somalia, with a strong possibility of famine. Over 8,000 people a day are being forced to abandon their homes in search of water and food and already an estimated 1.1 million IDPs in Somalia live mainly in collective sites or with host communities.

11 Apr 2017 description

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have caused carnage among Somali communities.

In the past ten days, at least a dozen attacks have been claimed by or attributed to Al-Shabaab and resulted in 28 civilian deaths and 31 injured. These were launched in civilian areas, turning restaurants, markets and minibuses into scenes of bloodshed and suffering.

11 Apr 2017 description

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or a credible risk thereof over the coming six months. To avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the four countries, humanitarian operations require more than US$5.6 billion in 2017. Of this amount $4.4 billion is urgently needed for life-saving assistance in the key areas of food security, health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene, as these are key sectors of famine response and prevention.

11 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Responding to the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lucca, Italy, Elisa Bacciotti, Oxfam's Campaigns Director, said:

On Syria

"Now, more than ever, Oxfam urges a redoubling of efforts to find a lasting and peaceful solution to this conflict and to offer safe refuge for the Syrian people who are fleeing for their lives. G7 members should put their weight behind the Geneva peace talks and push all warring parties to come to the table and reach a deal that will guarantee full respect for human rights in Syria.

11 Apr 2017 description

Somalia - IOM and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched two projects funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund aimed at contributing to a sustainable and durable reintegration of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia and anchoring populations within Somalia.

11 Apr 2017 description

Ethiopia - Between 16 March and 3 April, IOM organized a forum theatre event and a soccer tournament at the Dollo Ado, Melkedida and Boklomayu Refugee Camps in Somali Regional State, Ethiopia, to raise awareness on the impacts of irregular migration.

These events for host community and Somali refugee youth were organized in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Right to Play, the Dollo Ado District Youth and Sport Office, and other youth associations.

11 Apr 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

11 Apr 2017 description
report Singapore Red Cross

Singapore, 11 April 2017 - In response to the severe drought in the Horn of Africa, homegrown humanitarian organisation Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will contribute a total of S$85,000 in relief to Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

11 Apr 2017 description
report CARE

Good sanitation is important. It prevents children from illnesses like diarrhoea, keeps girls in school and reduces healthcare costs.

Fatih is one of over 275,000 inhabitants in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. She is 30 years old, a mother of one, and is a self-made woman; building latrines on her own.

She crossed the border from Somalia into Kenya due to conflict and drought. For many years she has been living with her 11-year-old son in a self-constructed hut, using an unprotected latrine.

11 Apr 2017 description

03-04-2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Members of the National Tuberculosis and HIV Programs from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member States together with UNHCR, ARAA and Kenya Red Cross Society are meeting from April 3-4, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to consult on improving TB and HIV diagnosis, treatment and health information and supply management services in refugee settings within the IGAD region.