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30 Sep 2015 description

Published: September 29, 2015

USIP President, Nancy Lindborg, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Good morning and thank you Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and other members of the committee, for this opportunity to discuss the U.S. role and strategy in the Middle East in the midst of an escalating humanitarian crisis. Your attention to this complex and protracted crisis is important and very much appreciated.

18 Sep 2015 description


  • The USG announces more than $89 million in additional USG funding for the Yemen crisis

  • Intensified airstrikes and ground fighting continues to hinder aid access and degrade an already dire humanitarian situation

  • USAID/FFP-provided wheat arrives in Yemen despite access constraints

04 Sep 2015 description


  • Armed clashes between al-Houthi and pro- RoYG forces affected all of Yemen’s 21 governorates in August

  • The Yemen crisis has internally displaced 1.4 million people and caused approximately 100,800 people to flee the country as of August

  • State/PRM announces $6.1 million in additional funding for people seeking refuge in Djibouti and Somalia as a result of the Yemen crisis 

17 Aug 2015 description


  • The number of food-insecure Somalis will likely increase slightly through December

  • The CERF allocates $20 million to support humanitarian activities in Somalia

  • USAID/OFDA provides more than $16 million in additional humanitarian assistance


16 Jun 2015 description


15 juin 2015

Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.

15 Jun 2015 description


15 June 2015

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.

19 May 2015 description


  • Al-Shabaabattackscontinuetotarget civilians, humanitarian workers, and government officials

  • Nearly 1 million Somalis are experiencing acute food insecurity, with conditions projected to deteriorate in some areas of southern Somalia through June

  • April-to-July gu rains are likely to improve pasture, water availability in parts of northern Somalia


04 May 2015 description


Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2015

Today, Secretary Kerry announced over $45 million in additional funding to help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protect and assist some 600,000 refugees residing in Kenya. The United States applauds the tremendous hospitality of Kenya in providing a safe haven for so many refugees. Details of the announcement:

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

20 Feb 2015 description


  • The UN reports more than 3,000 violent incidents took place in 2014 with humanitarian access implications for affected communities and aid workers

  • Numbers of acutely and severely malnourished children declines since July 2014; however, more than 202,000 children younger than five years of age are acutely malnourished, including more than 38,000 severely malnourished children

  • The 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requests nearly $863 to meet humanitarian needs in Somalia in 2015

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos

(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.

18 Nov 2014 description


  • In late October, U.N. Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon called for international donors to increase humanitarian assistance in Somalia to counteract the deteriorating food security situation.

  • On October 22, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Valerie Amos briefed the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia.

17 Oct 2014 description

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

03 Oct 2014 description


  • The population of food-insecure Somalia increases to 1 million—a 20-percent increase since January 2014.

  • Insecurity continues to limit humanitarian access throughout the south-central region of Somalia.

  • 2014 Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) requests $933 million to meet humanitarian needs among 3.1 million people.

12 Aug 2014 description

Fact Sheet

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

August 11, 2014

18 Jul 2014 description


  • Incidents of violence continue to affect parts of Somalia, including Mogadishu.
  • The U.N. warns of deteriorating food security conditions in Somalia in the coming months and appeals for donor support.
  • Measles cases have increased in the first half of 2014, including approximately 1,350 reported cases in March and April.
11 Jul 2014 description

Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.