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10 Dec 2016 description

by Coco Liu | @cocojournalist | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 9 December 2016 14:43 GMT

Some urban refugees are away from camps because there are no such places in their hosting countries

By Coco Liu

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Drought conditions prevail in Puntland as well as several parts of Somaliland, central and southern regions. Water shortages are reported in all drought-affected regions, increasing the risk of an acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak. With populations on the move in search of water and pasture, an estimated 35,000 children are at risk of dropping out of schools. The drought will further aggravate the malnutrition crisis with an increase in enrolment in nutrition programmes.

09 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • Significant funding shortfalls continue to threaten WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to refugees and vulnerable populations in drought-affected and urban areas. New funding is urgently required to avert possible breaks in cash-based transfers for refugees in January 2017.

Operational Updates

09 Dec 2016 description

Insufficient rain has led to drought in the Greater Horn

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Poor early season precipitation has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Horn of Africa is experiencing a devastating drought, which has left more than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia facing food and water shortages and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn, East and Central Africa issues this call for action to respond to the urgent needs of over 15 million people experiencing a devastating drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The time to act is now.

GOVERNMENTS AND HUMANITARIAN ACTORS SHOULD:

  • Work with market actors to ensure urgent access to water through the provision of vouchers or cash to vulnerable people, and as a last resort undertake water trucking

09 Dec 2016 description
report European Commission

EU contribution to IMF Somalia Trust Fund.

09 Dec 2016 description
infographic Maplecroft

Mapping global human rights risk

08 Dec 2016 description

Mejoran las perspectivas agrícolas mundiales, pero las temporadas de carestía acechan en un futuro inmediato

8 de diciembre de 2016, Roma - Los conflictos civiles y el impacto de una meteorología adversa han afectado gravemente a la seguridad alimentaria en 2016, aumentando el número de países que necesitan ayuda alimentaria, según un informe de la FAO. La nueva edición de Perspectivas de cosechas y situación alimentaria, publicada hoy, subraya que 39 países necesitan de ayuda externa para conseguir alimentos.

08 Dec 2016 description

Les perspectives agricoles mondiales s’améliorent malgré la menace de saisons maigres dans un futur proche

08 Dec 2016 description

A National Islamic Advisory Group has been established in Somalia to support polio eradication and routine immunization.

Somali Islamic scholars held a two day meeting in December to discuss the state of polio eradication and how to protect Somali children from all vaccine-preventable diseases.

08 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to ‘end all wars in Africa by 2020.’

But the high ideals of Vision 2020 – also referred to as ‘Silencing the Guns’ – can only become a reality if pragmatic steps are taken to curb the misuse and uncontrolled spread of arms. One such measure is the enforcement of United Nations (UN)-imposed arms embargoes.

08 Dec 2016 description

Nairobi, 7 December 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia and the Federal Government of Somalia have resolved to work together to tackle the use of child soldiers in the country .

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, said armed groups in Somalia had many child soldiers within their ranks, hence the need for a collective approach to security to enhance the war against the vice.

08 Dec 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity

Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future

8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.

08 Dec 2016 description

Mogadishu, 6 December 2016 – Six candidates were elected to the House of the People as voting for Somaliland and northern regions commenced today in the Somali capital.

The victorious candidates included Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte, former Foreign Affairs Minister Abdirahman Du’ale Bayle and two women, the former Member of Parliament (MPs) Asha Mohamud Omar and Yurub Ahmed Raabi.

07 Dec 2016 description

Thirty-two-year-old Ibrahim Dahir Hussein was one of the Somali youth who had lost hope in the country’s politics.

He was tired of hearing old politicians repeat that youth are the future leaders, yet no action was being taken to include young people in the affairs of the country.

However, Mr. Hussein’s views began to change after seeing efforts made by the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) to encourage youth to participate in politics ahead of the 2016 electoral process.

07 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Fifteen-day-old Faadumo lies quietly with her big, dark eyes wide open. Her tiny head and dainty fists rest on a nest of blankets, starting with a black shawl. A second one adorned with white dots is layered on top. She is then tucked in a bigger, thicker blanket in a maroon and cream color. In between these wrappings is one more layer that is smooth, reflective and uncharacteristically thin for a blanket. It is a black plastic shopping bag.

07 Dec 2016 description

Baidoa, 5 December 2016 – Somalia’s South West State completed elections for 69 seats in the House of the People today, becoming the second federal state to do so after Jubbaland.

The last day of voting saw the reelection of two former members of parliament (MPs), Hassan Maalim Hussein and Hussein Mohamud Sheikh.

Speaking after the conclusion of the process, State Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (SIEIT) Chairman Mohamed Abdullahi Mursal commended all persons who made the exercise in South West State successful.

07 Dec 2016 description

Situational Overview of Dollow IDPs

 There are two major IDPs in Dollow District

 Kabasa and Qansaxley IDPs

 In Kabasa there are 3500 HHs in total with the exception of Newly arrivals from either Ethiopian or Dadaab – Kenya.

 Influx of returnees from neighbouring countries i.e. Ethiopia and Kenya made the situation worse since returnees came to Dollow in large numbers due to relative peace and calm.

07 Dec 2016 description

Below-average Deyr production and high local cereal prices expected

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