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31 Aug 2015 description

(Mogadishu, 31 August 2015): The results of the latest Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia, presented today in Mogadishu, indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming.

28 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical malnutrition rates in hard-to-reach areas of southcentral Somalia, including Bulo Burto and Xudur

  • More than 20,000 people have fled their homes due to military operations

  • Mid-year review shows some progress towards strategic objectives but more funding is still needed.

For further information, please contact:
Maurizio Giuliano, Public Information Officer a.i., OCHA Somalia, giuliano@un.org, +254-738-999985

27 Aug 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

• Protracted is the new normal. The majority of today’s humanitarian crises are protracted in nature. More than 90 per cent of humanitarian appeals last longer than three years and the average length of a humanitarian appeal is now seven years. About 89 per cent of humanitarian funding from OECD DAC members goes to crises lasting from the medium to the long term.

21 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Likely El Niño event could cause mix of drought and flooding

  • Conflict and political tension driving food and nutrition insecurity

  • UN, AU warn of risks in Burundi

  • Number of people fleeing Yemen to the Horn of Africa continues to rise

  • AU holds WHS consultation in region

  • Scale-up of Somali refugee repatriation from Kenya foreseen

  • Despite renewed peace efforts, humanitarian situation in South Sudan continues to worsen

21 Aug 2015 description

(Mogadishu, 20 August 2015): Tens of thousands of people in Somalia were able to partake in this week’s commemoration for World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, through social media and by listening to radio broadcasts encouraging them to ‘share humanity’ in line with this year’s theme.

21 Aug 2015 description

(Mogadishu, 21 August 2015): The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has just returned from humanitarian assessment visits in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor, in the Gedo and Bay regions respectively.

19 Aug 2015 description
  • The number of people targeted through coordinated humanitarian appeals rose from 76 million in 31 countries in December 2014 to 78.9 million people in 37 countries in June 2015. This figure now stands at over 82 million.*

  • US$6.6 billion have been received within the coordinated appeal framework.

  • The total humanitarian funding received inside and outside coordinated appeals stands at $11.5 billion. It is worth noting that $23.2 billion is the total amount received inside and outside the appeals last year in 2014.

14 Aug 2015 description

1. Background

Heavy rains from 30-31 May caused flooding in Kismayo and surrounding areas which led to death of two children in Dalxiska IDP settlement and destruction of property. The floods caused a number of latrines in the town to overflow leading to water contamination and also destroyed about 40 shallow wells.

12 Aug 2015 description

(Mogadishu, 12 August 2015): The newly appointed Deputy Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has just completed his first official visit to Puntland and Somaliland. This was his first field visit since arriving in Mogadishu last month.

11 Aug 2015 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains fragile.
Since mid-July, an estimated 18,000 people have fled their homes due to ongoing military operations in parts of southern and central Somalia. This is in addition to 1.1 million people already displaced around the country. At the same time, more people fleeing the conflict in Yemen is increasing the burden on already limited basic services. Furthermore, floods are anticipated in the coming weeks due to the expected El Niño phenomenon.

Influx of returnees to Somalia from Yemen

05 Aug 2015 description

The Emergency Relief Coordinator set aside US$70 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for chronically underfunded aid operations to assist millions of people forced from their homes by violence and instability. The allocations from CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies Window, now totalling $168.5 million in 2015, are a last resort and present a life-line for some of the most vulnerable populations around the world in protracted and chronically underfunded crises.

05 Aug 2015 description
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(New York, 5 August 2015) United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien today released US$70 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for chronically underfunded aid operations to help millions of people forced from their homes by violence and instability.