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30 Apr 2016 description
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April 29 2016: 12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict. Kevin McCann reports on their work from a recent visit to Bujumbura.

Since protests began a year ago – and especially since an attempted coup nearly unseated President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2015 – the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Expected average harvest will sufficiently cover local demand

KEY MESSAGES

  • Average to above-average Msimu rains in the unimodal areas will likely result in a near-normal harvest. Poor households remain market dependent and face income opportunity constraints following the conclusion of agricultural activities. This area is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and will likely improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) with the beginning of the harvest season in May, but there will still be populations that have higher levels of food insecurity.

29 Apr 2016 description

DODOMA, TANZANIA – The XPRIZE Foundation with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a new partnership for the US$15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE – a five-year competition challenging teams to develop open-source software that will enable children with limited access to schooling to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

29 Apr 2016 description

This Operations Update is requesting an extension to the timeframe of the operation by four weeks (New end date: 31 May 2016) to enable the completion of the activities planned in the Dodoma district and an IFRC monitoring mission to be conducted to provide verification that the activities planned in Rufiji district remain relevant and appropriate to the needs of the population and the mandate of the DREF tool.

A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

27 Apr 2016 description

GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS

• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

27 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

Over 138,000 Burundian refugees have crossed over into Tanzania since April 2015. Combined with a preinflux population of about 65,000, the total refugee population stands at over 200,000.

In Numbers

203,243 people affected

1 region affected (Kigoma)

203,243 people displaced

203,243 people in need of food assistance

Funding Update

Requirements WFP USD 5.2 million

Situation Update

27 Apr 2016 description

Alors qu'Abdoul Yamuremye rentrait chez lui dans la banlieue de Bujumbura, capitale du Burundi, avec son épouse, Hadija, leur fils de six ans et leur petite fille, des amis ont interpelé le marchant de ferraille. « Ne rentrez pas à la maison », les ont-ils avertis. « Il y a des hommes armés. »

Cette nuit du jeudi avant Pâques, ils ont dormi à la mosquée. Le lendemain, Abdoul s'est rendu seul chez lui et pour y découvrir que sa maison servait de morgue à ses deux frères, à une amie ainsi qu'à ses trois enfants qui logeaient tous chez lui.

27 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP is bolstering its emergency response activities as the El Nino phenomenon looks set to have caused even worse harvest outcomes, affecting populations in the coming weeks and months. There are already an estimated 32 million food insecure people in the southern Africa region, largely as a result of drought which led to poor harvests last year.

26 Apr 2016 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Leo Dobbs – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 22 avril 2016 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Un an après le début de crise au Burundi, quelque 260 000 personnes ont fui vers les pays voisins et des milliers d'autres pourraient les suivre d'ici la fin de l'année si aucune solution politique n'est trouvée et si rien n'est fait pour éviter que la situation ne dégénère en guerre civile.

25 Apr 2016 description

Executive Summary

This assessment considers the cereals shortfalls expected within the southern Africa region over the coming year as a consequence of the impact of the current El Niño effect. The consequent need for imports by the countries most affected, and the impact of these additional imports on the regional supply chain is examined and some of the issues that may need to be addressed are identified.