- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia October 2014 | Issued on 24 Nov 2014
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update November 2014
- Forced returns to south and central Somalia, including to al-Shabaab areas: A blatant violation of international law - Amnesty
Appeals & Funding
- Strategic Response Plan 2014
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
- Humanitarianfunding shortfall jeopardizes aid to hundreds of thousands of Somalis in need.
- About 50,000 people have been affected by seasonal flooding while pockets of drought remain.
- Measles outbreak of great concern with over 9,000 suspected cases reported this year, doubling the number from 2013.
Aid workers use different modalities to expand humanitarian access
The people of Somalia are facing a deepening humanitarian crisis. Over 1 million Somalis are unable to meet their basic food requirements, an increase of 20 per cent since February this year. This is the first time the number of people in need of life-saving assistance has increased since the end of the devastating famine in 2011, an indication that the modest gains made in the last two years are being reversed. A further 2.1 million people are on the verge of slipping into acute food insecurity, bringing the number of people in need of humanitarian aid to 3.2 million.
Continuing fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has caused limited displacement of people and shut down schools. Humanitarian access to affected areas is difficult because of security concerns. In Sana’a, recent fighting caused grave violations against children. During October, a record number of migrants from the Horn of Africa died at sea.
New York, 22 October 2014
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Somalia today, noting that it has significantly deteriorated since June.
Humanitarian partners step up response in drought and conflict affected areas in the most affected regions.
Despite the challenging operating environment, aid organizations have used different modalities to assist people in areas previously beyond reach.
Critical boost in funding for reprioritized needs, but funding levels falls short of needs on the ground.
The Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) remains severely underfunded. The plan has received a reported 34 per cent of the requested US$933 million. Entering the final quarter of 2014, humanitarian partners face significant funding gaps to respond to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected people in Somalia.
(New York/Mogadishu, 10 October 2014) The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up. We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.
I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia. Bakool, Bay, Gedo, Hiraan and Galgaduud have been the most affected. Families in these communities desperately need water, food and healthcare.
September saw political turmoil and an outbreak of conflict in Sana'a claiming some 274 lives and leaving 470 wounded. Beyond treating casualties, protection needs, psychosocial counselling and a need for removal of explosive remnants of war there was limited humanitarian need resulting from the conflict. Despite the uncertain political situation in Yemen there has been a marked increase in the influx of migrants and refugees from Africa - in excess of 10,500 people in August.
Heavy fighting in Sana’a in September left 274 people dead and 470 wounded.
Humanitarian impact of fighting in Sana’a is limited and those who fled the violence have returned.
Fuel subsidies partially restored, reducing prices at the pump by 23 per cent.
Fighting in Al Jawf has subsided, but IDPs yet to return home.
800,000 Yemeni girls of school- age are not enrolled in school.
People in need of humanitarian aid 14.7 m
Q3 2014 SUMMARY
During the third quarter of 2014, the humanitarian community relied on rapid and strategic CERF funding to kick-start emergency operations and to keep life-saving programmes running. The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated US$70 million from CERF to help humanitarian partners in 20 countries respond to some of the most urgent crises worldwide.
Somalia is again facing a serious crisis due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, rising malnutrition, conflict and funding gaps. Over 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and the numbers are on the rise. With another external shock, fragile gains made since the 2012 famine could be eroded and the country could easily tip back into another devastating emergency.
- About 3.2 million people now need life-saving or livelihood assistance in Somalia, as modest gains have reversed.
- Almost 11,000 internally displaced people evicted in Mogadishu in late August and September.
- Disease outbreaks continue to be of concern with 7,000 measles cases reported in 2014 and one new polio case in early September.
On 9 September, the Federal Flood Task Force revised the Flood Alert which was first issued on 18 August to urge Government and humanitarian actors to implement flood prevention and preparedness measures in at-risk communities.
Despite on-going reports of a deteriorating food security in Somalia, there was no major change in the Somali refugee arrival trend in eastern Ethiopia so far.
Over 1 million people in Somalia face acute food insecurity. This is a 20 percent increase, from 857,000 people, six months ago. This brings the number of people in need of humanitarian aid or livelihood support to over 3 million, according to new findings from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The worsening situation is due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, increasing malnutrition, insecurity and slow funding.
MALNUTRITION ON THE RISE