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Somalia: WFP signs deal with local NGO to distribute food in Mogadishu

by Bogonko Bosire

NAIROBI, Nov 1, 2007 (AFP) - The UN food agency said Thursday it had signed a deal with a Somali group to distribute food to displaced civilians in Mogadishu, a day after aid groups warned a catastrophe was unfolding.

The World Food Programme (WFP) suspended food distribution to tens of thousands in the capital on October 17 when security forces detained the agency's top official in its Mogadishu office for nearly a week.

"WFP has just signed an agreement with a Somali NGO to provide prepared food for a total of 50,000 malnourished

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Aid organizations in Somalia warn of worsening situation

Nairobi/Mogadishu_(dpa) _ More than 40 international aid organizations have made a joint statement Thursday concerning worsening conditions for inhabitants of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

According to their "Statement of Concern," aid workers no longer had access to the civilian population after the situation on the ground in Somalia worsened since the fighting over the past weekend and the recent resignation of transitional prime minister.

"We cannot stand by while thousands of children and their families suffer through one of the worst humanitarian

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Amid deteriorating security and difficult access, International Medical Corps provides health services to displaced Somalis

Nairobi, Kenya/Los Angeles, CA, November 1, 2007 - Under difficult and dangerous circumstances, International Medical Corps (IMC) is providing health care to thousands of displaced Somalis in and around the city of Afgoye, about 20 miles (30 km) west of the capital city, Mogadishu. Since October, IMC has been operating three mobile clinics for people who have little or no access to services like clean water, sufficient food, adequate shelter, and basic health care.

Afgoye has become one of the main destinations for people fleeing Mogadishu. The city is already struggling to cope with

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Crisis Watch No. 51 - 1 Nov 2007

Nine actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in October 2007, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch, released today.

Fighting between Pakistan's army and militants in Northwest Frontier Province and the Tribal Areas intensified, while political instability in the country escalated with a deadly attack on a rally marking the return from exile of Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People's Party. The ruling junta in Myanmar/Burma continued to suppress dissent, with reports now suggesting that hundreds may have been

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Yemen: Thousands of African migrants smuggled into Saudi Arabia, say community leaders

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 1 November 2007 (IRIN) - Zamzam Ibrahim Hassan, 26, a Somali refugee, was deported by Saudi authorities 16 months ago when she tried to enter Saudi Arabia from Yemen. She then re-entered Yemen by boat from Somalia nine months ago.

"I worked as a maid in one of the houses in the province of al-Baidha [in southeast Yemen] for three months and saved 30,000 riyals [US$150]. I heard some of my friends talking about going to Saudi Arabia. We decided to go and I paid all my money to the smugglers who were Yemenis. When we reached the border, they left us when

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Somalia: Malnutrition increases as humanitarian emergency worsens in the Shabelles

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 1 November 2007 (IRIN) - About 10,000 children are severely malnourished and at risk of death in the Lower and Middle Shabelle regions of Somalia as food prices experienced a sharp increase and the ongoing conflict hindered access to those affected, early warning agencies said.

The rapidly worsening humanitarian situation was due to the cumulative effects of conflict, insecurity and civilian displacement affecting over 600,000 people, the Food Security Analysis Unit for Somalia (FAO/FSAU) and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network

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UN official says 1.5 million need assistance and protection in Somalia

Report
Voice of America
By Joe De Capua

In Somalia, the statistics tell the tale of the humanitarian crisis. The United Nations says one and a half million people need humanitarian assistance and protection, 800-thousand people have been displaced and 34-hundred civilians have been wounded since January.

The situation has prompted the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia to write an open letter to the warring parties and international community. From Nairobi, Christian Balslev-Olesen spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about the reasons for the letter.

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Somalia: Rapid response payment no. 27/2007

Funds Sent To: Norwegian Church Aid Somalia

Amount Sent : US$ 50,000

Date: 1 November 2007

Details of Payment

Emergency: Assistance to IDPs in Puntland, Somalia

Date of Emergency: 1 November 2007

Implementing partners: Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

Details of the Emergency:

Increased tension between the self-declared republic of Somaliland and the neighbouring self-declared autonomous region of Puntland has led to the displacement of thousands of people from the area. The dispute was at its peak on 17 October 2007 when forces loyal

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Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (3rd Quarter 2007)

The Regional Humanitarian Funding Update provides a quarterly overview of funding levels and trends in the 14 countries of the Central and East Africa region (CEA(1)) based on data reported to the Financial Tracking System (FTS(2)). The CEA region faces the greatest level of humanitarian need anywhere in the world. Out of the 15 Consolidated Appeals for humanitarian assistance worldwide 9 were issued in response to emergencies in the CEA region.

The third issue of the Quarterly Humanitarian Funding Update looks at humanitarian funding levels in the region; at updates

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WHO Somalia: Floods in Burhakaba

Situation analysis

Heavy rains causing severe flooding in Burhakaba town have announced the beginning of the Deyr rainy season in Central South Somalia. As of 31 October 2007 Burhakaba town (about 64 KM from Baidoa) reported serious floods affecting Wadajir, Howlwadaaga, and Waberi sections.

An emergency meeting was conducted between humanitarian agencies chaired by the Governor of Bay region to coordinate all ongoing response activities, starting with a rapid assessment of the damage and needs. The joint assessment visit between the Ministry of Health,

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Open Letter from the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia a.i. in response to the massive displacement of civilians from Mogadishu

Extract

Over the past year, the Somali people have continuously been caught in the middle of the on-going conflict. I applaud the spirit of the people who have assisted each other in these times of crisis, but remaint roubled that even those with such resilience can only cope for so long. I am alarmed by the fighting during the past week in Mogadishu and the subsequent impact on the general population. This comes at a time when the country is facing one of the worst humanitarian situations in years.

The fighting in the capital this past

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Somalia: Rainfall Distribution

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OCHA Somalia Sub-offices Location (as of 30 Oct 2007)

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