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20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • The priority of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) in Djibouti is to provide life-saving assistance to refugees and to look for durable solutions to their plight.

  • Djibouti hosts more than 23 700 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are in need of basic shelter, clean water, and protection services.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • Kenya is a disaster-prone country in need of strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacities.

  • The number of food insecure people has increased from 1.3 million in the beginning of 2014, to now 1.5 million. This is due to the two successive poor rain seasons compounded by localised conflict and high food prices.

  • Insecurity and the associated disruption of markets and income earning opportunities are likely to further worsen the food security and nutrition situation.

17 Apr 2015 description
  • Food security and nutrition in the Horn of Africa remains fragile with high vulnerability persisting in arid and semi-arid lands. Frequent natural and man-made disasters continue to erode the income earning assets of poor families.

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda is still rising. The region is also home to close to 1 million refugees from Somalia, while the internal displacement of 1.5 million people remains a constant challenge.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • Over 2.3 million people are in need of assistance, out of which over 730 000 are in a crisis or emergency situation.
  • Somalia’s 1.1 million displaced people remain particularly vulnerable. Over 60 per cent of those unable to meet their food needs are displaced and often face violence, discrimination and abuse.
  • In 2015, the European Commission has allocated €35 million to support lifesaving assistance in the country. Delivering aid in Somalia remains extremely difficult with aid workers facing security threats and restrictions to access people in need.
15 Apr 2015 description
report European Union

On Tuesday 7 April a Serbian maritime protection team joined the EU Naval Force to take on the role of protecting World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MSM Dourno from potential pirate attack as it sails along the Somali coast. A maritime protection team from Croatia has held this important role for the past four months.

The handover ceremony between the Croatian and Serbian forces was held on board MSM Dourno in Djibouti and attended by military officers from Croatia, Serbia, France and the EU Naval Force.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.

  • The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.

  • Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.

11 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • During February - the third month of the Pilot Phase for UNHCR support to Somalia refugee returns from Kenya – a total of 497 Somalis returned to areas of origin in Somalia. The six months Pilot Phase offers support to Somali refugees in Kenya who origin from Luuq, Baidoa and Kismayo. Since the launch of the six months Pilot Phase on 8 December 2014 and until end of February, 1,954 persons have received support to return and reintegrate. Return updates are published on weekly via @UNHCRSom

11 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 682,761 Total number of refugees

  • 199,348 South Sudanese refugees since 15 Dec.2013

  • 71% South Sudanese new arrivals who are female

  • 67% South Sudanese new arrivals who are children

10 Apr 2015 description

With the start of Gu rains at end of March, the main planting season in Somalia has begun.
Sufficient rains will be critical for the 3 million people currently facing food insecurity. This will support crop production, pasture growth and replenishment of water supplies especially in agro-pastoral and pastoral livelihood zones. The Gu (April-June) is the season during which about 75 per cent of annual rainfall is recorded.

30 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steep increase in forced evictions in Mogadishu. Displaced people lost belongings and moved to areas with limited or no services.

  • Humanitarian access through the major supply roads remain constrained in southern and central regions of Somalia.

  • Timely humanitarian funding crucial to sustain response to 2.8 million Somalis.

In this issue

25 Mar 2015 description

1. Executive Summary

The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.

23 Mar 2015 description
infographic Food Security Cluster

As of March 2015, country-level Food Security Clusters/Sectors are on average only 20% funded 20% while coordination remains critical.

19 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa March 18/2015 The commitment of Ethiopia to accommodate refugees is highly appreciable, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said.

Deputy Assistant SecretaryCatherine A. Wiesner, officials and international organization representatives yesterday inaugurated a new refugee camp that can accommodate 50,000 refugees in Gambella Regional State as the Leitchuor camp is exposed to floods.

17 Mar 2015 description

The rise of new powers has made its mark on the fields of humanitarianism, mediation and peacebuilding. As an aspiring middle power, Turkey has undertaken a growing engagement with the humanitarian field over the past decade, introducing new methodologies and practices. One such concept is that of humanitarian diplomacy, which merges national interests and norms in the formulation of humanitarian policy. Turkey’s humanitarian engagement first gained international interest after then-prime minister Erdoğan visited Somalia in 2011, refocusing international attention on the conflict there.

16 Mar 2015 description

This report is produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January to 31 December 2015. It was first issued on 19 November 2014 and updated on 5 March 2015.

Situation Overview

CONTEXT AND HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

12 Mar 2015 description
infographic Start Network

Intervention Summary:

At the end of October, 2014, heavy rains fell in south-central Somalia in the upper parts of the Shabelle basin along the Somali-Ethiopian border. The Shabelle and Juba rivers overflowed their banks, affected an estimated 50,000 people, many of whom were displaced. Initial assessments showed WaSH, shelter and food needs.