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Mobile clinics take health care to the Somali displaced

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Scores of people living in a camp in the Somali capital of Mogadishu are to receive free medical care through mobile clinics.

Three thousand Somalis arrived in Karibu camp last year fleeing a severe drought as well as violence fostered by the activities of the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

The African Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM) and Hope for Life International (HILI) are behind the initiative that has made the health care possible.

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Displaced Somalis welcome move to new camp in Mogadishu

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Although UN agencies report an improvement in humanitarian conditions in Somalia, they point out that more than 250,000 displaced people are still living in camps in the capital, Mogadishu.

While many arrived there during the 2011 famine which affected the country, some have been living in camps for more than 20 years due to the civil war.

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Return of Somali refugees "a positive indicator": UN envoy

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The return of Somali refugees to their country is a positive indicator that there is security in the Horn of Africa country, says the top the United Nations envoy in Somalia Augustine Mahiga.

There are reports that every day five planes carrying over 100 passengers each are landing in Mogadishu from Kenya.

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Rétrospective humanitaire 2012 : année fort chargée

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Gros plan sur l'humanitaire en 2012, une année qui a connu son lot de drames et de crises qui ont affectés des populations suite aux conflits armés, aux catastrophes naturelles ou encore au changement climatique.

Le Mali, la République démocratique du Congo, la Somalie, le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud, la Syrie, le Pakistan, l'Afghanistan, le Myanmar ou encore Haïti, sont autant de pays qui ont nécessité un appui humanitaire en 2012.

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A fund helps improve health services in rural areas of Kenya

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Rural areas in Kenya, as in other countries of Africa, are always left behind in getting good quality health care for a number of reasons.

One of them is that it is difficult to attract trained doctors and nurses to work in these areas, and funds are often scarce.

However, there is good news regarding funding health care facilities in the rural areas of Kenya, thanks to a special fund known as the Health Sector Services Fund.

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African Union police help bring law and order to Somalia

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Bringing law and order to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, long known for lawlessness and insecurity, is a challenging task.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has helped the government wrest control of the city from the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents, is doing just that.

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Bustling seaport a sign of hope in a transitioning Somalia

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The United Nations Security Council this month authorized the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to early March 2013.

The AU troops are helping to stabilize a country which did not have a functioning central government for more than two decades. But this year, a new Parliament was sworn in and a President inaugurated.

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Fuel-efficient stoves free displaced Somali women from risky firewood duty

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A new project providing fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is literally a life saver.

As the stoves burn waste instead of wood, women and girls are freed from the potentially dangerous chore of collecting firewood where they risk being assaulted by attackers hiding in bushes.

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Small farmers central for food security in Africa

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The group of 8 large economies, known as the G8 is taking food security in Africa seriously, according to Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Mr Nwanze on Wednesday briefed the press on the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition announced in Washington D.C. last week.

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Corne Afrique/Sahel : le Directeur général de la FAO s'inquiète d'un déficit de financement

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Le Directeur général de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva, s’alarme d’un déficit important de financement pour les activités planifiées par la FAO au Sahel et dans la Corne de l’Afrique.

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Thousands of Somali children still at risk of death

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More than 325,000 Somali children may die in the coming months if funds are not raised to provide them with life saving nutrition, according to the UN Children's fund UNICEF.

UNICEF says its 2012 Somalia appeal is $289 million, but it has only managed to raise about $30 million.

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Malnutrition drops in northwestern Kenya

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Malnutrition has dropped in the Turkana region in northwestern Kenya according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado says that recent nutrition surveys in the drought-affected areas of Kenya show that security has helped to feed the most vulnerable people.

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Situation in Somalia remains “precarious”

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Humanitarian operations in Somalia should continue in order to help the four million people still in need of assistance, according to Mark Bowden, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

He warned that famine, which threatened 750,000 people last year, could still return to the Horn of Africa country if it doesn’t get the help it needs.

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Efforts continue to stop use of child soldiers in Somalia

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Somali children are one group of people who have suffered in 2011 in a country that has continued to grapple with famine, drought and conflict.

Some of the children are being used as child soldiers by various armed including the Al Shabaab insurgents who are battling the forces of the Transitional Federal Government or TFG.

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L’UNICEF améliore l’acheminement de l’eau à Balbala

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Six années consécutives de sécheresse ont aggravé les problèmes d’eau à Djibouti, l’un des pays du monde où les ressources en eau sont les plus limitées. Il n’y tombe en moyenne que 150 mm de pluie par an. Près de la moitié des habitants des régions rurales n’ont pas accès à l’eau potable.

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Garsadaba ne peut se passer de sa cantine scolaire et de l’aide du PAM

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A Djibouti, la lutte contre l’insécurité alimentaire passe par les cantines scolaires. L’Envoyé spécial de la Radio des Nations Unies s’est rendu dans la région de Dikhil. Dikhil ou région de l’unité, à cause de la parfaite harmonie des communautés. Mais derrière cette description de carte postale, les conséquences de la sécheresse sont visibles, avec surtout un important exode rural des populations.

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Camps de réfugiés de Djibouti : la ville dans la ville d’Ali Sabieh

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A Djibouti, le camp de réfugiés somaliens d’Ali Addeh existe depuis 1990. Ces dernières années, il accueillait près de 7000 réfugiés et désormais ils sont plus de 20 000 réfugiés, majoritairement des Somaliens, mais aussi des Erythréens et des Ethiopiens.

La sécheresse de cet été a poussé des milliers de familles à traverser la frontière. Près de 1000 Somaliens arrivaient chaque mois en juillet 2011.

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Thousands of children treated for malnutrition in Djibouti

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Malnutrition is threatening the lives of thousands of children in Djibouti which is suffering from the drought that has hit the Horn of Africa region.

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are now 19,000 children who are being treated for malnutrition at health centres in the country.

The agency says that high food prices are adding to the difficulties for parents to provide food for their children.