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Somalia + 1 other
Between protracted and crisis displacement: Policy responses to Somali displacement

Two decades after the collapse of the Somali Republic, the country’s regions still suffer chronic political uncertainty, violence and high levels of displacement. Since 2006, protracted displacements that began in the 1990s have been overlaid by new crises associated with severe drought, political violence and governance failures. The current situation, which involves both internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees, is widely acknowledged as among the worst in the world, both in terms of the number of people affected and the extent of their humanitarian and protection needs.

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Somalia + 2 others
System failure? Revisiting the problems of timely response to crises in the Horn of Africa

Humanitarian response in pastoral areas in the Horn of Africa has consistently been late. An enormous investment in early warning over a number of years has brought great improvements: mass human fatalities have become rarer in the past 25 years. However, humanitarian response now aims to prevent not only large-scale loss of life, but also the destruction of livelihoods. Our response has not kept up with this ambition.

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Review of the weather in November and the outlook for December 2011

1.1 Weather Review in November 2011

• Highly enhanced rainfall was recorded over most parts of the country during November 2011.

• The rainfall was especially highly enhanced over the Northeastern, Northwestern, western Kenya and parts of central Highlands including Nairobi. Most Meteorological Stations in these areas recorded more than 125 percent of their Long-Term Means (LTMs) for the month.

• However, a few stations along the Coastal strip recorded depressed rainfall (< 75% of the LTMs). 1.2 The forecast for December 2011

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World + 16 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation No. 4 - December 2011

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the year draws to a close, FAO’s latest estimate confirms a record high global cereal production in 2011, which should be sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2011/12 and also allow a moderate replenishment of world reserves.

  • International grain prices remained mostly under downward pressure in November, reflecting the confirmation of a strong recovery in production amid deteriorating world economic prospects and a stronger US dollar.

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Somalia + 4 others
Horn of Africa - Drought Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On November 28, al-Shabaab issued a public statement banning 16 U.N. agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from operating in al-Shabaab-controlled areas of southern and central Somalia. Following the announcement, relief agencies expressed concern that the ban may lead to deteriorating food security and health conditions in al-Shabaab-controlled areas, where the humanitarian situation remains extremely fragile.

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East Africa Famine: Helping children overcome trauma in Mogadishu

Child friendly spaces in the Badbado refugee camp

Since our Emergency Relief Programme got underway across the Horn of Africa in July, SOS Children has helped save lives and improve living conditions for over 70,000 of the worst-affected victims of famine. Now, we are also providing ‘child friendly spaces’ in Badbado refugee camp in Mogadishu to help children to come to terms with the difficult times.

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Somalia + 3 others
AFSC 2011 Highlights

This report provides examples of the work your generous support has made possible this year. As you read it, we are confident that the progress shown will fuel your optimism and determination. Thank you for being part of our community!

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Severe Food Shortages Emergency appeal n° MDRET007 Preliminary final report

Period covered by this Final Report: 5 February 2010 to 5 August 2011.

Appeal target (current): CHF 30,579,088.

Appeal coverage: 17%;

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 5 February 2010 for CHF 30,579,088 for 12 months to assist 330,621 beneficiaries.

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Somalia + 1 other
Direct Aid Provides $8 Million Dollars of Relief Aid to Somalia

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Direct Aid

The Direct Aid Organization of Kuwait announced that they have recently completed a shipment of relief aid to Somalia worth $8 million dollars. Six thousand tons of food and relief items are to be distributed among victims of the famine. Nabil Al-Terkait, head of the Relief Committee, was in Somalia with a delegation from the aforementioned committee, where they all received the relief shipments at the port in Mogadishu.

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Yemen + 2 others
Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On November 23, President Ali Abdullah Saleh transferred power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, officially ending his 33-year rule of Yemen after signing the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered agreement in Saudi Arabia. Under the terms of the power transfer, Saleh will receive immunity and elections are to be held in Yemen within 90 days. As of November 25, anti- and pro-Saleh protests continued in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, and Ta’izz, Yemen’s second-largest city, despite the power transfer agreement.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Population Movements - Emergency Appeal n° MDRET011 Operation Update no. 2

GLIDE n° OT-2011-000154-ETH

Period covered by this Update: 15 to 29 November 2011;

Appeal target (current): CHF 623,771;

Appeal coverage: 21%;

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was launched on 28 October for CHF 623,771 for 6 months to assist from 3,000 to 10,000 beneficiaries.

• Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 185,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.

Summary:

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia Food Security Outlook Update November 2011

Good rains likely to stabilize food security in the south

  • The October to December Deyr rains are performing well in most parts of the southern and southeastern pastoral and agropastoral areas, easing the shortage of pastoral resources. This, coupled with ongoing humanitarian assistance, will continue to stabilize food security among poor and very poor households in these areas.
    Nonetheless, about 4 million people will continue to require humanitarian assistance through the end of 2011 across the country.

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Deadly climate change is happening right now and right here in Africa

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ActionAid

Even with all the stand-offs, mistrust and sharp differences of opinion on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that continue to mar this year’s climate summit in Durban, some of the people who are directly affected by climate changes are not losing hope.

They are the farmers and pastoralists who have been affected by the drought crisis in East Africa. They are telling their stories on how climate change has affected their livelihoods.