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31 May 2011 description
report Voice of America

Cathy Majtenyi - Nairobi May 30, 2011

In Kenya, the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, gets bigger all the time as Somalis fleeing warfare in their country stream across the border. The camp now houses several times the number of people it was designed to hold. The Kenyan government was supposed to open a new camp, but has not done so.

Up to 10,000 people each month appear at the gates of Dadaab refugee camp in dry, dusty northeastern Kenya, fleeing the misery of war-torn Somalia.

31 May 2011 description

GENEVA – At least 10 people have lost their lives in a tragic boat smuggling incident on the Gulf of Aden after a two-day journey from Somalia to Yemen.

31 May 2011 description


Maize and beans increased prices spark concerns of deepened food insecurity

Long Rains end after poor performance; Drought conditions deteriorate further

Food and Fuel prices impact on urban poor and pastoralists

Conflict over resources leaves more than forty people killed in May 2011

Humanitarian actors, donors and Government conduct mid-year review of the Consolidated Appeals Process

Concerns mount over resettlement process of IDPs in the Rift Valley

31 May 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) - Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

In a press statement issued on 31 May, WHO said recent data showed that the main causes of death among under-fives were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhaging caused by blast injuries, shrapnel and bullets.

31 May 2011 description

Cibaar Hassan Ghedi, an unemployed, ex-militia living in Mogadishu, was not interested in becoming a fisherman. Nevertheless, he decided to attend a training session supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Project.

During the training, which targeted ex-militia, Internally Displaced Persons, and host communities in Mogadishu, Cibaar learned the basics of fishing and was given practical lessons out at sea.

31 May 2011 description

Nearly one in two reported weapon-related injuries is a child younger than five

31 May 2011 description


• Cholera is confirmed in Mogadishu (Banadir), Afgooye Corridor (Lower Shabelle), Baidoa (Bay) and Haradere (Mudug). In total, this month, 16 out of 28 samples tested positive for Vibrio cholerae.

• In May, four hospitals in Mogadishu reported 3,239 weapon-related injuries.

• This month, WHO and partners investigated unspecified diseases in Huddur (Bakool), Tieglow (Bay) and Berbera Port town (W’ Galbeed).

31 May 2011 description


► Child soldiers in the Horn – cause to remain at attention!
► Kenya and the International Criminal Court
Role and protection of human rights defenders
► Privatization of security in Somalia
Implications for the Horn of Africa

30 May 2011 description
report Concern Worldwide

Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer

30 May 2011 description


In 2003 the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service was created within DPKO to promote rule of law by addressing both judicial and penal systems in UN peace operations. This Update is about the work of this Service and of Justice Components working in peace operations around the world.

For more information contact:
Robert Pulver Chief, CLJAS pulverr@un.org 917-367-3420 www.un.org/en/peacekeeping

27 May 2011 description

This 50th edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Rachel Houghton, focuses exclusively on partnerships in humanitarian action. Articles explore a wide range of different arrangements, including clusters, consortia and networks, involving NGOs, the UN, the private sector, academic researchers, ‘southern’ or local organisations and host governments.

27 May 2011 description
report G8
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G8 Summit of Deauville - May 26-27, 2011

1. The G8 and Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and the African Union Commission, highlight the importance of an enhanced partnership between the G8 and Africa. Africa is on the move, and is becoming a new pole for global growth, even if challenges to be addressed remain, particularly in the least developed countries. The G8 and Africa stand side-by-side during this key time of change.

27 May 2011 description


• Over the past three weeks, of 1586 weapons-related injuries reported by three major hospitals in Mogadishu, 735 cases or 46% were children under the age of five (see special feature on page 4).

• WHO has provided a cholera kit that treats 100 severe adult cases, a dispensary tent and 10 cholera beds to Baidoa Hospital, Bay region, after eight samples collected tested positive for Vibrio cholera serotype ‘Inaba’. WHO is supporting volunteers working at the cholera treatment unit.

27 May 2011 description

Among 180 proposals a Danish Refugee Council project for Somalia has been selected by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The pilot project introduces innovative solutions for the improvement of humanitarian aid.

27 May 2011 description

This week saw serious disruption at the Choucha camp near the Tunisia - Libya border where around 4,000 migrant workers and refugees from the conflict in Libya are accommodated pending humanitarian evacuation to their countries of origin or other solutions.

Four Eritreans died in a fire in the Eritrean block of the camp on Sunday night as residents were sleeping. Twenty tents were lost, and the cause is being investigated. At the time, the Choucha camp was hosting some 4,500 people - mostly Somalis, Eritreans, and Sudanese.