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Communiqué issued by the Extra-Ordinary Session of IGAD Council Of Ministers Meeting on the Somali reconciliation process held in Nairobi on Tuesday, 1st Aug 2006

The Extraordinary Session of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development Council of Ministers held its Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on the 1 st August 2006.
Honourable Raphael Tuju , Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya and the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers chaired the meeting.

The Meeting was attended by;

H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf , Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti

H.E. Hon. Seyoum Mesfin , Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

H.E. Mr. Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail , Minister

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Famine could kill thousands in Somalia - UN

GENEVA, March 31 (Reuters) - Famine could soon claim 10,000 lives every month in Somalia if the upcoming rainy season is as dry as forecast, United Nations aid agencies said on Friday.
Extensive drought across the Horn of Africa -- the worst in decades -- has already caused food shortages across south and central Somalia, as well as neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Some 2 million Somalis suffer from drought, and without enough rain, by September about 900,000 could be facing famine, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Reuters - AlertNet:



For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.trust.org/alertnet

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Djibouti + 4 others
United Nations dedicates $1.7 million from new global emergency fund to Horn of Africa

(New York: 31 March 2006): The United Nations has now granted just over $1.7 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to the World Health Organization for urgent, life-saving programmes in the Horn of Africa.
With this disbursement for the drought-stricken region, the WHO and partners will work to strengthen immunization campaigns, epidemiological surveillance and training of health professionals in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, in order to reduce suffering and death from the crisis. The individual disbursements per country amount
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Benn: Further £5 million for drought response in Somalia

Drought-hit Somalia is set to receive a further £5 million in humanitarian assistance from the UK, International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, announced today.
The new funding brings the UK's total response to the drought in Somalia to £12 million since December 2005. Of the £5 million announced today, £3 million will support the World Food Programme to buy and distribute food rations, and £2 million will help the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide water and emergency healthcare.

Hilary Benn said:

"The Horn of Africa is suffering its

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Kenya + 9 others
Minister Smith announces €6.2 million for hunger in Africa and 'Forgotten Emergencies'

Emergency & Recovery, Food Security, United Nations - United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP)
Mr. Brendan Smith TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with special responsibility for Food, today announced €6.2 million in core funding to be provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food to the United Nations World Food Programme.

"This money will be used by WFP to provide food to the hungry in Africa and elsewhere in the most efficient way possible," Minister Smith said.

WFP are currently fighting hunger across

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Djibouti + 4 others
Le fonds central d'intervention d'urgence accorde 1,7 million de dollars à l'organisation mondiale de la santé pour intervenir dans la Corne de l'Afrique

AFR/1356
IHA/1177
(Adapté de l'anglais)

Les Nations Unies ont accordé plus de 1,7 million de dollars à l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), au titre du Fonds central d'intervention d'urgence (CERF), afin de mettre en œuvre des programmes sanitaires d'urgence dans la corne de l'Afrique. Dans cette région, affectée par une sécheresse particulièrement préoccupante, l'OMS et ses partenaires travailleront à la mise en œuvre de campagnes de vaccination, de programmes de veille épidémiologique et de formation des personnels de santé publique.

Djibouti, l'Érythrée, l'Éthiopie, le

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Somali Joint Needs Assessment Update n° 6 - March 2006

7,200 questionnaires reach most inaccessible areas in Somalia

On 3rd March, 7,200 questionnaires prepared by each of the six JNA clusters were sent to the Somali National Technical Counterpart teams working for the JNA. The teams carried the questionnaires to the most inaccessible corners of Somalia. The purpose of the questionnaires are to engage many stakeholders from civil society, women, youth, religious leaders, traditional leaders, business groups, parliamentarians and regional authorities to ensure all voices are heard and included in the JNA and

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Drought worsens health crisis in Somalia - Emergency funds needed to save critical health condition of affected populations

Nairobi, 31 March 2006 -Over 2 million Somali people are currently struggling with their lives due to unprecedented food and water shortages following a prolonged series of drought in war-stricken Somalia. And the situation is expected to deteriorate if the next rains are below normal.

A staggering 2.1 million are in urgent need of critical assistance. This number includes 715,000 people in a state of acute food and livelihood crisis and 915,000 facing a humanitarian emergency.

Funds must urgently be secured to materialize

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Algeria + 25 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 13 of 2006

This week's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Education, Food, Health, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation
(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Algeria (2) Occupied PalestinianTerritories (3) Pakistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo (3) Congo, DR (4) Ethiopia (5) Kenya (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Cote d'Ivoire (2) Liberia

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Monthly nutrition update for Somalia - Mar 2006

Overview
The preliminary findings of the nutrition assessment in Gedo Region (excluding Bardera Town) in March 2006 indicate a critical nutrition situation and 'alert' crude and under five mortality rates. Early and comprehensive interventions and strong coping strategies are likely to be preventing a greater deterioration although separate surveillance activities in targeted areas shows the levels of malnutrition have already deteriorated very dramatically. Detailed analysis of the findings is currently on-going. The findings of the Qansadheere nutrition assessment conducted
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Afghanistan + 16 others
Save the Children Emergency Overview - 31 Mar 2006

Afghanistan What's happening in Afghanistan?
23 years of conflict have left 400,000 people displaced and the country struggling with high levels of poverty, poor nutrition and limited access to medical services and education.

Severe consecutive droughts and chronically cold and severe winters have resulted in chronic water shortages and widespread food insecurity, especially in southern and eastern parts of the country.

Security incidents such as abduction and kidnapping, suicide bombings, targeted killing and VBIEDs continue to occur daily.

What's the outlook for children?

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Humanitarian situation in Somalia: Monthly analysis, Mar 2006

This report was written in cooperation with the UN Agencies in Somalia
HIGHLIGHTS

The end of March 2006 saw some rainfall in parts of Somalia including Lower Juba, parts of Gedo, Bakool, Awdal, and the Hawd of Hargeisa. According to FEWS NET, heavy rain also fell over the south-eastern highlands of Ethiopia, which could flow downstream along the Juba and Shabelle rivers in Somalia. Still, while the start of the 2006 Gu rains is highly welcome, it is too early to determine its effect on the present drought which is rapidly deteriorating in southern Somalia.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly Review Mar 2006

Security developments
Four days of heavy fighting from 22 to 26 March in Mogadishu between the Union of Islamic courts and the new Alliance for Peace and the Fight Against International Terrorism claimed the lives of at least 80 people and left about 200 wounded. Thousands of families were displaced and those killed included children and women. Elders, Imams, intellectuals and clan chiefs negotiated a cease fire. Violence, skirmishes and looting were reported elsewhere in Central/Southern Somalia.

In Northwest Somalia ('Somaliland')

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Monitoring agricultural vegetation in Somalia using SPOT VGT vegetation index, AFRICOVER and ECMWF global meteorological modelling No. 9


10-day product: 21 – 31 March 2006

Agricultural areas

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
Absolute difference w.r.t. previous year (Act. – Prev.) Period: March 2006
Dekad: III


Highlights

Rainfall

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Myanmar + 9 others
Asian Disaster Management News - Jan - Mar 2006

Post disaster impact assessments in Asia-Pacific

In this issue:

  • Post disaster impact assessment
  • Socio-economic impact of the December 2004 earthquake and indian ocean tsunami
  • Post disaster building damage assessment
  • Damage and loss assessment in agriculture
  • Psychosocial impacts
  • Forgotten vulnerability
  • Gender considerations
(pdf* format - 1.55 MB)
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Indonesia + 6 others
FAO Situation Reports: Regional - Tsunami - 31 March 20006

INDONESIA STATUS REPORT - 31 MARCH 2006
Coordination:

FAO is working closely with the Government of Indonesia, line Ministries and NGOs in providing technical and policy guidance to plan and coordinate rehabilitation efforts in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. FAO's emphasis is on optimizing sustainable outcomes and rebuilding livelihood opportunities for vulnerable fishing and farming families to enhance their food security and incomes.

FAO has provided technical guidance and expertise to the Government of Indonesia through its close collaboration

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Haiti + 11 others
Barometer 7 on conflicts, human rights and peace-building: Jan-Mar 2005

00 Introduction

"Barometer" is a quarterly report published in Spanish and English by the Alert Unit at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona's School of Peace Culture. The report analyses the events that have occurred in the world over the course of the previous three months (January - March 2005) under nine main headings: conflicts, situations of tension, peace processes, post-war rehabilitation, humanitarian crises, militarization and disarmament, human rights and International Humanitarian Law, development and gender aspects in peace-building. It

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Indonesia + 6 others
South Asia: Tsunami response - Our giving has changed lives

The generosity of everyday Australians has dramatically changed the lives of people and communities devastated by the Asian Tsunami, a new report into the response reveals.

"One year on it is still difficult to comprehend the scale of the disaster and the devastation it wreaked on millions of lives across ten countries," ACFID's Executive Director, Paul O'Callaghan said.

"Yet the substantial contribution to the rehabilitation of tsunami survivors and their communities throughout