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24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

Boko Haram violence underpins rising death rates among Nigerian citizens, while thousands also killed in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Somalia

The campaign of terror by Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency Boko Haram was responsible for nearly half of all civilian deaths in African war zones last year, according to research that highlights the group’s tactic of targeting non-combatants.

23 Jan 2015 description

When 21-year-old Fartuun* left Somaliland 15 months ago, she weighed 60 kilos. Today, at 25 kilos, she is a pale reflection of the vibrant girl who left home in 2013 to seek her fortune in Europe. But now she’s home safe after an ordeal that took her from her village to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and eventually, Libya.

“Fartuun made the return trip to Somaliland from Libya with an IOM medical escort, because she is paralyzed from her waist down and is not able to walk without support,” said IOM Libya’s Dr. Aladin Abukashim.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Internews Network

With the support of Internews, a disability rights organization in Somalia begins to collaborate with the media to enhance its work.

“I feel more confident about approaching the media now. I came to realize that journalists are not as I imagined,” commented Mohamed Ali Farah, director and co-founder of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) after attending Internews’ training on media literacy. His organization works to raise public awareness and understanding of disabilities.

22 Jan 2015 description

Ministers of Health from around the world will convene next week at WHO’s Executive Board meeting, to set global public health policies. Among other topics, representatives are expected to review the current polio epidemiology and global preparedness plans for the phased removal of oral polio vaccines. A report has been prepared, to facilitate discussions, available here.

22 Jan 2015 description
report Yemen Times

This is a three-part series about the migrants and refugees who come to Yemen. Part one, published last week, focused on the conditions in countries of origin that lead people to flee their homes. Part two, below, focuses on the risky journey at sea migrants and refugees make. Part three is about the obstacles migrants and refugees face once reaching Yemen and proposed long-term solutions.

Fifteen-year-old Iftu* left Ethiopia after his father was killed because he feared for his life. Hoping for a future without persecution, he headed to Yemen by boat.

22 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, 22 January 2015 –The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia, the United States and United Kingdom have expressed concerns over delays in the implementation of Vision 2016 due to the prolonged political crisis.

22 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, 22 January 2015 – The new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG), Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, arrived in Mogadishu today to assume his duties with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

22 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Thursday 1/22/2015 - 16:31 GMT

At least five people were killed Thursday in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police said.

Sources at the hotel, situated close to the heavily-fortified presidential palace, said there were around 70 members of a Turkish delegation in the hotel at the time, but none of them were killed or seriously hurt in the blast.

22 Jan 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

22 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Thursday 1/22/2015 - 07:03 GMT | 183 words

At least 23 people been killed in Somalia in clan-related violence caused by a land dispute, officials and elders said.

The clashes between armed militia from two groups broke out around the villages of Burdhinle and Hada-Ogle, situated in central Somalia's Hiiran region and close to the border with Ethiopia.

22 Jan 2015 description

FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlook reports for January to June 2015 are based on the following regional assumptions:

Seasonal Performance

  • The remainder of the October-to-February Xays/Dadaa rains over coastal areas of Djibouti and northwestern Somalia are likely to be near average.

22 Jan 2015 description

Human Rights Council
Twenty-eighth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development


21 Jan 2015 description


July 2014

At the Girl Summit in London, Somali Government officials and civil society organizations joined world leaders in committing to end child, early and forced marriage and all forms of FGM within a generation.

August 2014 The UK became the joint lead donor on the New Deal Framework. 

September 2014 The UK will support Somalia in improving its justice systems. This will cover South Central Somalia where mobile courts will operate for the first time. 

21 Jan 2015 description

Mogadishu, 21 January 2015 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, condemned recent violence in Defow, central Somalia. There have been reports of dozens of casualties, including women and children. The SRSG appealed for calm, underlining the need to de-escalate the situation through peaceful dialogue and compromise.

SRSG Kay said “We call on all parties to exercise restraint and respect the role of elders in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.”

21 Jan 2015 description
  • Heavy, flood inducing rainfall continued over southeastern Africa during the last week.
  • Suppressed rains across southern Angola and northern Namibia strengthen mid seasonal moisture deficits.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.