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30 Apr 2011 description

This is the 2nd edition of the Disaster Risk Management Program for Priority Countries, originally published by GFDRR in 2009. It now includes the country programs missing in the first edition (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, and Philippines 1) as well as an update of the DRM Country Program for Haiti (to take into account the impact of the January 2010 earthquake), Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica.

29 Apr 2011 description

KEY developments

· Despite progress in negotiations regarding a Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered transition agreement to resolve the recent political unrest in Yemen, countrywide demonstrations continue, including in the capital city of Sana’a. · USAID/OFDA is closely monitoring the security situation and reviewing emergency response contingency plans with grantees and other humanitarian agencies to facilitate a rapid and flexible response to evolving conditions.

29 Apr 2011 description

UNHCR is alarmed by the continuing deterioration of the situation in Somalia, forcing an increasing number of Somalis into displacement. The number of Somali refugees arriving to neighbouring countries during the first quarter of this year has more than doubled in comparison to the same period in 2010.

Between January and March this year, nearly 50,000 new Somali refugees have been registered in the neighbouring Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. By comparison, some 23,000 fled during the same quarter last year.

29 Apr 2011 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Yemen set for another Friday of rival demonstrations

  • Fate of Gulf-brokered transition deal hangs in balance

  • Pact would give Saleh immunity and 30 days to step down

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA, April 28 (Reuters) - The fate of a Gulf-mediated deal to ease Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power could hang on how he handles mass protests on Friday, two days after plainclothes gunmen shot dead 12 demonstrators in Sanaa.

29 Apr 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Laurie GoeringLONDON (AlertNet) - Accelerating climate change and competition for limited supplies of water, food and energy are poised to ignite long-simmering conflicts in fragile states, monopolising the world's military resources and hampering development efforts, security experts say.Defusing these new 21st century conflicts – or at least preparing governments and citizens to cope with them – will require a broad range of innovative interventions, a gathering at Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) heard earlier this month.

28 Apr 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

11 More Protesters Killed in Worst Violence in 5 Weeks

(New York, April 28, 2011) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh cannot use his promised immunity from prosecution as a carte blanche to tolerate attacks on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Gunmen shot dead 11 more anti-Saleh protesters and wounded more than 130 on April 27, 2011, marking the worst violence in Yemen in more than five weeks.

28 Apr 2011 description

BACKGROUND RELEASE

28 April 2011

Experts to Review Reports of Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey, and Yemen

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from 2 to 20 May to examine measures taken by Germany, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Yemen to comply with the standards of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

28 Apr 2011 description
report UN News Service

28 April 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for restraint after more violent clashes during protests in the Yemeni capital reportedly left 12 people dead and several hundred wounded.

28 Apr 2011 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 28 April 2011 (IRIN) - One year has passed since the Yemeni government agreed a ceasefire with Al-Houthi rebels in the northwestern region of Sa'ada, but peace has remained elusive and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are still living in hardship.

"We do not expect the situation to improve," said one man displaced from Sa'ada to Haradh, in neighbouring Hajjah governorate. "We expect it to get worse. What can we go home to? We heard there are landmines in our home areas."

28 Apr 2011 description
report European Union

Summary: 27 April 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement on the Political Agreement on the GCC initiative for peaceful transition in Yemen:

"I welcome the news that both the ruling party and the opposition coalition have accepted the GCC transition plan proposed on Thursday 21 April, including its provision for the rapid formation of a national unity government.

28 Apr 2011 description

By Hammoud Mounassar (AFP)

SANAA — President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he supports "peaceful" change in line with Yemen's constitution as at least 15 more people were killed and more than 130 wounded on Wednesday with no let-up in protests.

Thirteen protesters and two policemen were killed in violence across the country's restive south and the capital, officials and medical sources said, as anti-Saleh demonstrators vowed they would not stop.

28 Apr 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Saeed

ABYAN, Apr. 26th – US airstrikes in Abyan governorate are still threatening the lives of citizens. The Al-Ma’jala strike – which took place on 17 December 2009 and killed 55 people, including 14 women, 21 children and 14 alleged Al-Qaeda members – still looms large in the region’s collective memory.

According to Abyan’s security chief, Colonel Abdullah Ali Saeed, a new airstrike hit the small village of Amfryad in Mudiyah district on 24 April 2011. The attack involved two cruise missiles being launched by a US Predator drone.

28 Apr 2011 description

There continues to be limited information about the proximate causes of food insecurity in Yemen because of the high levels of insecurity and uncertainty in the future.

27 Apr 2011 description

What is the Central Emergency Response Fund?

Five years ago, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was established to bring a new dynamic to tackling emergencies. CERF’s creation was an acknowledgement that the humanitarian system had become too slow and cumbersome in releasing funds.

27 Apr 2011 description

The ICRC is facing challenges on several fronts. Yves Daccord, the organization's Director-General, describes how the ICRC is addressing both growing humanitarian needs and the current strain on donor budgets.

How are you dealing with today's mounting humanitarian needs and the decrease in overall funding for humanitarian organizations?

26 Apr 2011 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

25 Apr 2011 20:43

  • Source says opposition to participate in transitional govt

  • Woman watching clashes from balcony shot dead in Taiz

  • One protester killed in Ibb, another in al-Baida

(Recasts with opposition agreement, details throughout)

By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

25 Apr 2011 description

SANAA — Yemeni security forces and loyalists of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh shot dead two protesters in separate demonstrations on Monday, medics and witnesses told AFP.

"Security forces shot dead a protester and wounded 30 others, eight of them by live rounds," a medical source in Ibb, south of Sanaa, told AFP.

In the southeastern province of Al-Baida, gunmen "belonging to the ruling party" opened fire at a sit-in demonstration, killing one protester, according to a witness.

Another witness identified the victim as Salem Abdullah.

25 Apr 2011 description

SANAA — Yemeni security forces wounded dozens of people as they fired bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of thousands of protesters in the flashpoint city of Taez on Monday, witnesses said.

Large crowds gathered in Taez, south of Sanaa, to pressure President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately despite a US-backed Gulf plan for a transition, they said.

The protesters, who have been demonstrating across Yemen since late January, rallied against a Gulf Cooperation Council plan under which Saleh would quit in 30 days with immunity from prosecution.

25 Apr 2011 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Saleh, opposition accept power transfer plan

  • Protesters sceptical, vow escalation

(Adds Saleh quotes in paragraphs 9-11)

By Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, April 24 (Reuters) - Yemeni protesters demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh's immediate resignation vowed to step up street protests and voiced suspicions that Saleh's inner circle could frustrate a Gulf plan for him to step down.