- OCHA Drought Response - Situation Report No. 5 (as of 23 April 2017)
- UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report #4, 1 - 15 April 2017
- WFP Somalia: Drought Response Situation Report #3, 19 April 2017
Appeals & Funding
- Horn of Africa: A Call for Action, February 2017
- Operational Plan for Famine Prevention (Jan-Jun 2017)
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017
- Humanitarian Response Plan 2017
- 2016-2018 Humanitarian Strategy
- FAO Somalia Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan (Feb-Jul 2017)
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- IOM Appeal Somalia Drought, January - June 2017
- IOM Humanitarian Compendium
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
- Business Guide: North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia: Prevent Famine and Support Response
- OCHA Somalia
- UNHCR Somalia displacement portal
- FSNAU (FAO Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Somalia)
- SWALIM (Somalia Water and Land Information Management)
- Human Rights Watch: Somalia - Events of 2016
- New Deal Somalia
- UNSOM (UN Assistance Mission in Somalia)
- Food Security Cluster: Somalia
- Logistics Cluster: Somalia
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).
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responding to the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lucca, Italy, Elisa Bacciotti, Oxfam's Campaigns Director, said:
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.