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26 Feb 2015 description
  • The fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened last week. Outcomes and the Committee’s final report will be made available on www.polioeradication.org.
26 Feb 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 10:56 GMT

Insurgents in Somalia's capital fired a barrage of mortar rounds Thursday targeting the highly fortified presidential palace and main government compound, killing a guard, security officials said.

There was no claim of any responsibility for the explosions, but the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels have staged a string of attacks in their fight to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

PUNTLAND, Somalia – Sixteen-year-old Safia was herding goats in Puntland, Somalia, last September when a man approached her and asked for drinking water. She gave him the water, but then he grabbed her and, at knifepoint, dragged her to an isolated area. He held her captive for two weeks, raping her repeatedly.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Sharon Behn
February 23, 2015 4:48 PM

In war zones around the world, aid workers trying to help local populations now face a relentless cycle of violence and personal risk.

“It is kidnapping, it is direct targeting, bombing, it is threats by collateral stuff that can just be wrong place at the wrong time, where an IED happens to be on the road that goes off," said Amaury Cooper, cofounder of International NGO Safety and Security Association.

25 Feb 2015 description

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Wednesday 2/25/2015 - 03:36 GMT

by Tristan MCCONNELL

A navy flak jacket over his sky-blue shirt, Neil Wigan peered through the bulletproof glass window at six uneven wooden poles in front of a sand dune.

"There are more of them now," the British ambassador to Somalia said, driving past the execution posts that convicts are tied to before being shot by firing squad. "It isn't a particularly reassuring sign of progress."

24 Feb 2015 description
report African Union

COMMUNIQUE.

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 487th meeting held on 20 February 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation in Somalia:

Council,

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

24 Feb 2015 description

HARGEISA: In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has launched a project for the extraction of water and construction of the longest pipeline to deliver water to the population in the Hargeisa region of Somalia.

24 Feb 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map depicts the airfield 700 meters South of Hargeisa city in the South Western part of the Woqooyi Galbeed region of Somalia. The center of the runway is at 9°30'55.89"N X 44° 5'10.05"E and the length of the airfield is approximately 4.2 km. This map is created to support the UN Humanitarian Air Service at the request of the World Food Program. Please send comments and feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

24 Feb 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map depicts the airfield 7.2 Km West of Bosaso city in the North Western part of the Bari region of Somalia. The center of the runway is at 11°16'31.66"N X 49° 9'5.85"E and the length of the runway 1 is approximately 1.7 km, runway 2 is approximately 1 km. This map is created to support the UN Humanitarian Air Service at the request of the World Food Program. Please send comments and feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

24 Feb 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map depicts the airfield 7.2 Km North East of Garowe city in the North Western part of the Nugal region of Somalia. The center of the runway is at 8°27'28.56"N"N X 48°34'2.07"E and the length of the airfield is approximately 2.4 km. This map is created to support the UN Humanitarian Air Service at the request of the World Food Program. Please send comments and feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

24 Feb 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map depicts the airfield 1.5 Km North East of Beledweyne city in the Northern part of the Hiran region of Somalia . The center of the runway is at 4°45'55.91"N X 45°14'16.10"E and the length of the airfield is approximately 2.1 km. This map is created to support the UN Humanitarian Air Service at the request of the World Food Program. Please send comments and feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

23 Feb 2015 description

Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

The Tropical Cyclone Emergency Appeal was launched in December 2013 to assist households affected by the tropical cyclone disaster that hit Bari and Nugaal regions of Puntland, Somalia on the 10 November 2013. A total of 142,380 persons were affected by the disaster, with 8,523 households being worst hit and 1,435 households having lost all their livestock.

23 Feb 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Since the end of Mare Nostrum and the flare-up of the war in Libya, more than 1,000 people have landed on Lampedusa. The island's residents fear the worst is yet to come. Karl Hoffmann reports from there.

23 Feb 2015 description

As many of the world’s foreign ministers convene this week in Washington D.C. for the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, displacement should be on their agenda.