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19 Jul 2017 description

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chairman Young, Ranking Member Merkley, and the members of this subcommittee for holding this important and timely hearing today. Refugees International (RI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people in parts of the world impacted by conflict, persecution and forced displacement. Based here in Washington, we conduct fact-finding missions to research and report on the circumstances of displaced populations in countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Uganda, and Turkey.

19 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By Beatrice Materu

East African states have recorded a drop in annual headline inflation for the year ending June 2017, mostly due to a decline in food and non-beverage prices.

Tanzania recorded 5.4 per cent year-on-year inflation in June 2017, from 6.1 per cent in the previous month.

Kenya recorded a drop compared to its EAC counterparts, of 2.49 per cent, from 11.7 per cent the previous month to 9.21 per cent in June 2017, spurred by a slowdown in prices of fresh food and fuels.

18 Jul 2017 description

Rainfall

In Somalia there are unfavourable prospects for this year's main Gu crops, after the Gu rains were late and poorly distributed over most areas of the country. In the Lower Shabelle region, the main maize producing area, seasonal rainfall was about 50 per cent belowaverage with drought conditions currently affecting up to 85 per cent of the cropland.

17 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 37 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, seven Grade 1, and 21 ungraded events.

17 Jul 2017 description

Food insecurity reached unprecedented levels in South Sudan in June, with an estimated 6 million people (50 per cent of the population) projected to be severely food insecure, including 1.7 million on the brink of famine. Although the mobilization of a large-scale multi-sectoral humanitarian response was able to halt the localized famine declared in Leer and Mayendit in Unity in February, 45,000 people were estimated to be facing Catastrophic (IPC Level 5) food insecurity. June saw an overall reduction in armed clashes compared to May.

17 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 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%.

15 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Thousands of civilians have been displaced in Longochuk and Maiwut counties, following fighting.

• One hundred humanitarian access incidents were reported in South Sudan in June, the highest number recorded in any month so far in 2017.

• Deaths caused by malaria represent 76.9 per cent of all disease-related deaths recorded so far in 2017.

• Humanitarians are striving to improve the situation of nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons who are living in the protected area and other collective sites in Wau, in extrem

14 Jul 2017 description

NRC in 2016: our year in review

We assisted millions in 2016. It wasn’t easy.

The numbers were bleak. Nearly 66 million people were on the move, fleeing conflict and disaster. But we persevered.

In 2016, displacement figures topped the charts yet again. As the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) scaled up, our 2016 annual report details, we supported more than six million people throughout the year – improving 2015 achievements by nearly 27 per cent.

A balancing act

14 Jul 2017 description

Number of people needing humanitarian assistance on the rise

14 July 2017, Rome - Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead - according to an alert released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

14 Jul 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( ). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

13 Jul 2017 description

Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit; includes response to extreme hunger in South Sudan

Over 57,000 people in five countries will benefit from five projects totalling $2.8 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in June.

The projects are being implemented by Foodgrains Bank members Development and Peace—Caritas Canada, Emergency Relief & Development Overseas, World Relief Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.

In February, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International wheat prices generally increased in June on quality concerns amid unfavourable growing conditions for the 2017 crops in some key producing countries. Export prices of maize remained generally unchanged, while rice quotations continued to increase mainly on account of strong demand.

11 Jul 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

1,930,565*
Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 June (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

507,161*
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 June

272,935
Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 31 May 2017

Regional Highlights

10 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dire food insecurity persists despite UN removal of Famine designation in Unity

  • Approximately 6 million people projected to be severely food insecure in July

  • USG announces $199 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the South Sudan response

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After a decrease in the number of new arrivals over the last month, 4,960 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda between the 29th of June and 4th of July compared to 3,817 the week before. The average daily rate of new arrivals for the week was 709. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda now stands at 975,095.

10 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 39 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, six Grade 1, and 24 ungraded events.

This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Ethiopia and outbreaks of hepatitis E in the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, Niger and Nigeria), malaria in Burundi, dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire, and visceral leishmaniasis in Kenya.

07 Jul 2017 description

Brussels, 7 July 2017

Additional humanitarian assistance of €60 million will help scale up the response in the three countries worst affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.

The European Commission has announced additional humanitarian assistance of €60 million to help people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, who have been facing critical levels of food insecurity due to severe drought.