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18 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu, 17 August 2017 - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq has commended aid workers and volunteers for their contribution to serving humanity and averting a famine that threatened Somalia earlier this year.

Mr. de Clercq spoke during an event to mark World Humanitarian Day in Mogadishu and thanked aid workers for risking their lives on a daily basis to save the lives of others in distress.

18 Aug 2017 description

Abdikadir Moalim Mohamed has devoted his adult life to bettering the lives of other human beings. “In the end, what matters is what you have done for mankind,” says the veteran humanitarian aid worker. That dedication to service has put Mohamed in harm’s way on many occasions over the past 25 years. He has endured physical danger, harsh weather conditions, and the exhaustion of long journeys to deliver assistance to impoverished Somalis in many remote parts of the country.

18 Aug 2017 description

Food shortages are expected to continue in Somalia up until the end of the year. Below average Gu rains, pest infestation and lesser than average area cultivated, have resulted in reduced cereal production, expected to be 50-60 percent of the average according to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU). Displaced persons, many of whom face insecure livelihoods, are particularly affected. According to nutrition surveys conducted by FSNAU, there is a Global Acute Malnutrition (WHZ) prevalence of 15 percent or higher in nine out of 12 displaced people’s settlements.

18 Aug 2017 description


  • The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical until the end of the year. Continued large scale assistance is required to keep Somalia free of famine.
  • In July, WFP reached 2.3 million beneficiaries with emergency food and cash-based assistance.

Situation Update

16 Aug 2017 description

67,000 Individuals provided with assistance in July

  • 53,150 individuals were provided with drinking water through trucked water delivery, borehole rehabilitation and water kiosks(25,950 in Lower Juba, 23,910 in Togdheer, 2,400 in Sanaag and 890 in Sool regions)*.

  • 6,600 individuals benefited from core relief items (CRI)**.600 emergency shelter kits were distributed to 600 households(3,600 individuals) in Nugaal region and 500 emergency shelter kits were distributed to 500 households(3,000 individuals)in Bari region.

16 Aug 2017 description

WHO urgently requires US$ 6.8 million to scale up its response activities in Somalia and conduct a measles immunization campaign for 4.2 million children in November 2017

16 August 2017 – As millions of people in Somalia remain trapped in a devastating cycle of hunger and disease, WHO and health partners are working with national health authorities to save lives and reach the most vulnerable with essential health services.

15 Aug 2017 description

Clan conflict in Marka, Lower Shabelle. IDPs in Baidoa face mass forced evictions

1. Displacements due to clan conflict in Lower Shabelle

Fresh fighting erupted between Biyamal and Habar-Gidir clans in and around Marka town, Lower Shabelle on 1 August 2017 leading to displacement of 9,600 individuals. PRMN partners report that tensions remain high and new conflict has occurred between 5 and 7 August.

15 Aug 2017 description

- A total of 234 AWD/cholera cases and 2 deaths (CFR-1.0%) were reported from 16 districts in 11 regions during week 31. Of these, 62 cases (26%) were reported from Banadir region.
- There was a 24% decrease in the number of new AWD/cholera cases from 306 cases in week 30 to 234 cases in week 31.
- The number of cases in South Central decreased from 306 and 2 deaths during week 30 to 205 cases and 2 deaths in week 31.
- In Puntland, AWD/cholera cases decreased from 39 and no deaths during week 30 to 29 cases and no deaths during week 31.

14 Aug 2017 description


AWD/Cholera is a bacterial disease predominantly transmitted through the fecal-oral route and resulting in an explosive onset of diarrhea which could be fatal in a short period of time. Rapid loss of fluids and electrolytes causes hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, acute renal failure and death in 48 hours.
AWD/Cholera has been endemic in the Somalia with the most common cause of outbreaks being the serogroup 01, Ogawa biotype El Tor.

14 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu, 14 August 2017 – An event attended by the President of Somalia, parliamentarians, delegates from the Somali Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF, was held in Mogadishu to mark a milestone occasion: 3 years since the detection of the last case of wild poliovirus in the country.
Speaking at the event, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, applauded Somalia’s efforts to ward off the crippling and highly infectious virus but urged continued caution.

14 Aug 2017 description

Baidoa - The involvement of young people in conflict prevention, social justice and sustainable peace in Somalia featured prominently in a youth forum conducted on the sidelines of the International Youth Day celebrations in Baidoa, the administrative capital of South West state.

Organized by the UNSOM Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group, the forum brought together youth, civil society organizations, the UN and other experts on Somalia’s justice system.

13 Aug 2017 description

Thousands of youths across Somalia commemorated International Youth Day with pledges to build peace and promote stability and prosperity in their country.

Celebrations were held in the capital city Mogadishu and in the regional capitals of Garoowe, Kismaayo and Baidoa, among others.

12 Aug 2017 description

Naima Adan Elmi champions the youth cause through the Save Somali Youth Organization (SASOYO), a non-governmental organization she founded in 2009.

“The youth form the biggest part of the Somali population, yet most of them have no jobs and no means of livelihood,” Naima explains. “This destitution, which forces youth into crime and other negative practices, prompted my colleagues and me to act.”

12 Aug 2017 description

For the last six years Mohamed Arshad Ibrahim has been at the forefront of efforts to mobilize and empower young people in Somalia. Mohamed is the Executive Director of the Youth Peer Education Network in Somalia (Y-PEER Somalia), a non-profit organization bringing together young people and youth organizations and leading peer-to-peer education programmes.

“We are members of the global network for Youth, Peace and Security, and we advocate for our country to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at local, regional and national levels,” the 28-year-old Mohamed explains.

12 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu` - Mohamed Tahlil Mohamed is brimming over with ideas. The 27-year-old university graduate is the initiator of “City Flowers”, a youth-led project that seeks to erase the scars of war from the streets of the Somali capital and beautify the whole city.

Started in July 2016, “City Flowers” mobilizes young people to clean up Mogadishu and make it a more livable city.

12 Aug 2017 description

Well above-average seasonal rainfall continues over parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Sudan

Key Messages

  • Rainfall in July continued to be above average over areas of eastern Sudan, western Ethiopia, and northeastern South Sudan, which has been favorable for cropping activities. In addition, heavier than normal rainfall is increasing the risk of flooding in many of the floodprone areas.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

6.7 million people in Somalia face hunger according to recent reports from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Though the much-anticipated Gu — or “long” — rains finally arrived, the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, hunger levels are projected to rise.