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17 Oct 2014 description

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

16 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In September, clashes in Sana’a between al-Houthi militants and government forces resulted in an estimated 270 fatalities and displaced populations.

  • The U.N. estimates that 14.7 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance.

  • USAID/FFP provides $70 million to support food assistance operations in Yemen.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Oct 2014 description

SUMMARY

The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.

03 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The population of food-insecure Somalia increases to 1 million—a 20-percent increase since January 2014.

  • Insecurity continues to limit humanitarian access throughout the south-central region of Somalia.

  • 2014 Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) requests $933 million to meet humanitarian needs among 3.1 million people.

16 Sep 2014 description

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

04 Aug 2014 description

In support of President Hadi and the Yemeni government’s efforts to better meet the aspirations of all Yemenis and set their country on the path to stability and prosperity through economic reform and development, the United States is pleased to announce the approval of a $30 million contribution to Yemen’s Social Welfare Fund. This assistance underscores the United States’ commitment to a comprehensive partnership with Yemen to support meaningful reform through the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative process and address mutual security challenges.

23 Jul 2014 description

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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01 Jul 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insecurity in Abyan, Amran, and Shabwah governorates has triggered displacement and increased needs in affected areas.

  • More than half a million Yemeni migrant workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since April 2013.

  • The U.S. Government (USG) has provided an additional $11.7 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Jun 2014 description

Summary

During May, several Desert Locust (SGR1) swarms from northwestern Somalia invaded eastern Ethiopia. On May 14th, an immature swarm dominated the sky over the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (see picture below). This is an extremely rare phenomenon that has not been in more than half a century. The swarm is believed to have escaped from eastern Ethiopia passing through the Rift Valley and crossing Awash where it destroyed a sugarcane plantation. No damage was reported in Addis and the swarm was later seen heading northwest and reached Gojjam.

14 May 2014 description

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm along the Red Sea coasts during April.

Several swarms migrated from northwestern Somalia to eastern Ethiopia where aerial and ground control treated 2,585 ha from 8-30 April. An unconfirmed report of hoppers in Aysha, eastern Ethiopia suggested breeding has begun in those areas (DLCO-EA).

29 Apr 2014 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

· Violence in Ad Dali’ and Amran governorates decreased in recent weeks, allowing humanitarian organizations to resume the delivery of assistance to affected populations. However, the humanitarian community is concerned that flaring tensions in Amran may escalate into further fighting. The unrest previously forced many to flee their homes and disrupted livelihoods, health care, education, and the availability of basic goods.

21 Mar 2014 description

Posted by Elisabeth Kvitashvili, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Middle East on Thursday, March 20th 2014

Yemen is poised to launch a high-tech Biometric Voter Registry (BVR) system representing a significant step forward in the development of a credible voter registry in that country. During my recent visit to Yemen, I met with the chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Commission of Elections and the Referendums (SCER) Judge Mohammed Hussein Al-Hakimi to learn first-hand about the opportunities and challenges that exist for Yemen’s upcoming electoral processes.

19 Mar 2014 description

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

19 Mar 2014 description

Posted by Elisabeth Kvitashvili, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Middle East on Tuesday, March 18th 2014

This was the heart of the messaging from the New Voices of Yemen: Women Leaders Dinner I attended on my second evening in the country’s capital, Sana’a. These women, a far larger network than the 20 who attended the dinner, gathered together once again to promote women’s political participation in the continuing transformation of the country.