- Somalia FSNAU Food Security & Nutrition Quarterly Brief - Focus on Post Gu 2017 Season Early Warning, Issued July 17, 2017
- FEWS NET Somalia Food Security Outlook, June 2017 to January 2018
- UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report #9: 16 - 30 June 2017
- RW Topic: Fighting Famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
Appeals & Funding
- Horn of Africa: A Call for Action, February 2017
- Operational Plan for Famine Prevention (Jan-Jun 2017)
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017
- Humanitarian Response Plan May 2017
- 2016-2018 Humanitarian Strategy
- FAO Somalia Famine Prevention and Drought Response Plan (Feb-Jul 2017)
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- IOM Appeal Somalia Drought, January - June 2017
- UNHCR Somalia Situation Supplementary Appeal 2017
- IOM Humanitarian Compendium
- Country-based Pooled Fund: 2016
- Business Guide: North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia: Prevent Famine and Support Response
- OCHA Somalia
- UNHCR Information Sharing Portal: Refugees in the Horn of Africa: Somali Displacement Crisis
- FSNAU (FAO Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Somalia)
- SWALIM (Somalia Water and Land Information Management)
- Human Rights Watch: Somalia - Events of 2016
- New Deal Somalia
- UNSOM (UN Assistance Mission in Somalia)
- Food Security Cluster: Somalia
- Logistics Cluster: Somalia
WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.
The statement came as UNICEF released its annual Humanitarian Action Study, highlighting UNICEF’s global response in 2016. Last year, UNICEF responded to 344 humanitarian situations in 108 countries, more than ever before.
The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing drought crisis, affecting more than half of the country’s population – 6.7 million – of which 4 million are children. Since the beginning of the year, UNICEF’s emergency intervention has resulted in the treatment of 98,900 children for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition; 672,500 women and children under-5 with emergency lifesaving health services; and 1.58 million people accessing temporary safe drinking water.
The drought impact is particularly severe in Isiolo and parts of Wajir (West and South), Turkana and Tana River counties.
Nutrition surveys undertaken in June 2017 in Turkana indicate a deepening nutritional crisis compared to 5 months ago, with 3 of the 4 sub counties reporting acute malnutrition of greater than 30% and severe acute malnutrition ranging from 6-12%.
Mogadishu 12 July 2017 – UNICEF has welcomed the handover of the Somali National University’s main campus to the Federal Government as an important step forward in expanding opportunities for youth in Somalia.
Gender Based Violence cases continue to increase with close to a 50 per cent rise in the reported cases when compared to the previous reporting period.
Woman and girls remain the most vulnerable to gender-based violence as they represent 88.6 per of new GBV cases registered by the end of June. The trend requires more robust preventive as well as response interventions in IDP sites which is where the majority of cases are reported from.
For UNICEF Somalia, 2016 was a year where we succeeded in making important progress for children’s rights despite significant challenges.
During the year, the Federal Government of Somalia adopted the country’s first National Development Plan in 30 years. UNICEF ensured that it included child-focused data and a multi-sectoral nutritional approach coherent with the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. Additionally, we emphasized social protection and resilience as key elements supporting improved access to basic services.
By Rebecca Beauregard and Patrick Codjia
DOOLOW, Somalia, 30 June 2017 – Faisal Bule sits with his daughter, 18-month-old Dahran Faisal, at the nutrition centre in Doolow, a town in southern Somalia on the border with Ethiopia. Dahran is one of the newly admitted patients at the centre’s Outpatient Therapeutic Programme.
They were forced to leave their home village because of a severe drought that started in December 2016 and has been affecting the lowland areas across the Horn of Africa, particularly Ethiopia and Somalia, as well as Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda.
Despite the arrival of the rain, famine continues to loom large over Somalia. More than half of the country’s population – 6.7 million – are in need humanitarian assistance, including 4 million children.
A WASH situation on the brink:
Compounding crises over the past year have caused a rapid increase in WASH vulnerability in Somalia, resulting in a severe AWD/cholera outbreak that has infected over 51,000 people and killed 782 since the start of 2017.
A large funding shortfall for the WASH response is amplifying an already dire situation.
Brussels/Mogadishu, 27 June 2017 – A joint EU-UNICEF humanitarian emergency initiative will support 602,000 people in Somalia, including some 301,000 children and 156,500 women, in regions worst affected by a serious acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera outbreak linked to prolonged drought. More than 53,000 AWD/cholera cases and nearly 800 deaths have been reported since the start of the year, many of them young children.
• Out of 37,096 children under 5 years screened for acute malnutrition in nine counties in the month of May 2017, 7% were identified as severely malnourished and 25.4% as moderately malnourished with all referred and admitted for treatment.
• Between January and May 2017, a total of 42,579 children have been admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition in ASAL, urban and refugees, reaching 51% of UNICEF’s 2017 target.
Continued humanitarian action crucial in saving children’s lives
• More than 10,000 measles cases have been reported in Somalia since the start of the year. In response, UNICEF and partners have vaccinated 596,328 children 6-59 months across the country and a supplementary national measles immunisation campaign is planned for November, targeting 4.2 million children 6 months to 10 years.