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29 May 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.

An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

27 May 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

Earlier this month, a 4×4 vehicle loaded with scales, a height measure, upper arm circumference tapes and food supplies departed from a hospital. Its destination was a Doctors of the World outreach clinic in Isiolo county, Kenya where the reported cases of malnutrition have risen quicker than anywhere else in the country.

26 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

  • In early May, long rains arrived in parts of Kenya after a 2-month delay, as long rains usually begin in March. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in some areas of the country. The food security needs remain, since not all parts of the country received rain. The prognosis is that the long rains will have minimal impact on crop production.

26 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS HUMANITARIAN SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Vulnerable populations in Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya continue to face life-threatening acute food insecurity, following delayed and erratic seasonal rains across the Horn of Africa, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

26 May 2017 description

Drought-like conditions continue across Kenya, Somalia, and southern Ethiopia

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February has resulted in moisture deficits throughout many parts of southern South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia,
    Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

  2. Several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has led to early season moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions in parts of Ghana.

24 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance

  • UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December

  • USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 May 2017 description
report IRIN

The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya’s southern waters of Lake Turkana as they always had, drinking its brackish waters and fishing for catfish, tilapia, and Nile perch.

Read more on IRIN.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently needs a total of USD 719.3 million for operations in Ethiopia (USD 398.4 million), Somalia (USD 290.7 million) and Kenya (USD 30.2 million) from May to October for the drought response.

  • Food security situation continues to deteriorate. In Ethiopia, the Government revised the number of HRD relief beneficiaries up from 5.6 million to 7.8 million. In Somalia, the number of people facing crisis and emergency (IPC 3 and 4 food security levels) has increased from 2.9 million to 3.2 million.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Six per cent of the 42,017 children screened during the reporting period were identified as severely malnourished and over 29.4 per cent as moderately malnourished, in Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Kilifi and Laikipia counties.

  • From January to April, a total of 23,700 children with SAM and 51,537 children with MAM have been admitted for life-saving nutrition treatment.

23 May 2017 description

Highlights - The nutrition situation remains of concern across Kenya’s northern pastoralist and southeastern marginal agricultural areas. Surveys conducted in January and February report a Global Acute Malnutrition rate of up to 30 per cent in three sub-counties.

  • Depressed rainfall is reported over most of the country, especially eastern areas, during the March to May long rains season.

  • The long rains assessment is scheduled for the end of June and may lead to a revision of the Kenya Flash Appeal.

22 May 2017 description
report IRIN

Anthony Morland

Author Note: This is the second in a series of three fact files that is part of a special project exploring the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe

PARIS, 22 May 2017 More frequent and severe droughts, floods, and storms associated with climate change mean the livelihoods of the world’s roughly half a billion smallholder farmers are growing ever more precarious.

22 May 2017 description

Humanitarian needs & response

2.6 million people severely food insecure

343,559 children acutely malnourished

3 million people need drinking water

2.9 million people need health assistance

1.2 million children need education assistance

2.6 million livelihoods affected

520,000 people need support for early recovery

$165.7 million required

22 May 2017 description

The International Rescue Committee predicts imminent famine in Somalia, Yemen, and northeastern Nigeria

The IRC scales up emergency response across the region, calls for urgent increases in funding

New York, NY, March 11, 2017 — The International Rescue Committee today described looming famines facing Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, as well as the already declared famine in South Sudan, as a “catastrophe that has already arrived.”

22 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3,234 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

  • 927 core relief items distributed to 695 households (2,920 returnees)

  • 1,199 newly enrolled students

  • 2,632 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

  • 92 shelters and 63 latrines constructed

  • 2,425 beneficiaries enrolled in community-based projects

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

20 May 2017 description

Mixed migration flows within, from and to the East Africa and Yemen region continued to be affected by a number of complex dynamics, including conflict, drought and economic reasons among others. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees continued to be at a significant risk of harm, ranging from abduction, physical abuse and death on land and at sea. Policy considerations remained focussed on limiting irregular migration, particularly to Europe.

Irregular Movement from East Africa and Yemen

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)