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19 Aug 2017 description

On a hot, flat, stony plateau outside Kismaayo, hundreds of people pack into a settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Bashir Muhamed Muktar stands at a water point, helping weary ladies lift jerry cans of water. Over the last five years, he has witnessed a raft of humanitarian crises that have affected many communities in Somalia’s Jubbaland state. Mr. Muktar could have easily opted for another profession but decided to work as a humanitarian aid worker in one of the harshest environments in the country.

19 Aug 2017 description

Ridwaan Abdi remembers vividly his life in Somalia with his parents during the civil war.

“I was about four years of age, and we would lineup to receive nutrition biscuits,” Ridwaan recalls. “I know what it feels like to have no food, no shelter, and no access to water. I was one of the thousands of children who experienced real hunger.”

Ridwaan says his childhood experience influenced his choice of career.

“What I witnessed living in Mogadishu during the civil war greatly determined my decision to become a humanitarian worker,” he remarks.

18 Aug 2017 description

Mogadishu, 17 August 2017 - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq has commended aid workers and volunteers for their contribution to serving humanity and averting a famine that threatened Somalia earlier this year.

Mr. de Clercq spoke during an event to mark World Humanitarian Day in Mogadishu and thanked aid workers for risking their lives on a daily basis to save the lives of others in distress.

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Tens of millions of children caught up in armed conflict must be protected from life-threatening attacks and violence.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a devastating toll on millions of children. With increasing frequency, children are being deliberately and indiscriminately attacked and denied life-saving humanitarian assistance in breach of international humanitarian law. On World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, join the United Nations and its partners in standing together to demand that children are #NotATarget.

18 Aug 2017 description

Food shortages are expected to continue in Somalia up until the end of the year. Below average Gu rains, pest infestation and lesser than average area cultivated, have resulted in reduced cereal production, expected to be 50-60 percent of the average according to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU). Displaced persons, many of whom face insecure livelihoods, are particularly affected. According to nutrition surveys conducted by FSNAU, there is a Global Acute Malnutrition (WHZ) prevalence of 15 percent or higher in nine out of 12 displaced people’s settlements.

18 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical until the end of the year. Continued large scale assistance is required to keep Somalia free of famine.
  • In July, WFP reached 2.3 million beneficiaries with emergency food and cash-based assistance.

Situation Update

17 Aug 2017 description

UN Security Council acknowledges conflict as a major cause of famine

17 August 2017, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes the UN Security Council's recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery and resilience of conflict-affected countries. FAO's response comes after the UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement acknowledging the link between conflict and famine. 

17 Aug 2017 description

With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the Stop Famine Together joint campaign.

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, which matched eligible donations, even more relief aid is available to those in need.

16 Aug 2017 description

67,000 Individuals provided with assistance in July

  • 53,150 individuals were provided with drinking water through trucked water delivery, borehole rehabilitation and water kiosks(25,950 in Lower Juba, 23,910 in Togdheer, 2,400 in Sanaag and 890 in Sool regions)*.

  • 6,600 individuals benefited from core relief items (CRI)**.600 emergency shelter kits were distributed to 600 households(3,600 individuals) in Nugaal region and 500 emergency shelter kits were distributed to 500 households(3,000 individuals)in Bari region.

16 Aug 2017 description

WHO urgently requires US$ 6.8 million to scale up its response activities in Somalia and conduct a measles immunization campaign for 4.2 million children in November 2017

16 August 2017 – As millions of people in Somalia remain trapped in a devastating cycle of hunger and disease, WHO and health partners are working with national health authorities to save lives and reach the most vulnerable with essential health services.

16 Aug 2017 description

Africa’s humanitarian crises have continued to worsen in 2017. Twenty million Africans have been displaced from their homes and 44 million are acutely food insecure

15 Aug 2017 description

editorial

Civil war, political instability, the presence of terrorist militias, drought, famine: the current situation for most countries in the Horn of Africa is a cause for concern. Because of the difficulties and despite the immense challenges, international commitment to the region has remained strong. Switzerland also has a presence on the ground: through its governmental institutions and NGOs, it is trying not only to deal with the most pressing issues but also to establish stability and lasting peace, either directly or by supporting local organizations.

15 Aug 2017 description

Highlights
- A total of 234 AWD/cholera cases and 2 deaths (CFR-1.0%) were reported from 16 districts in 11 regions during week 31. Of these, 62 cases (26%) were reported from Banadir region.
- There was a 24% decrease in the number of new AWD/cholera cases from 306 cases in week 30 to 234 cases in week 31.
- The number of cases in South Central decreased from 306 and 2 deaths during week 30 to 205 cases and 2 deaths in week 31.
- In Puntland, AWD/cholera cases decreased from 39 and no deaths during week 30 to 29 cases and no deaths during week 31.

14 Aug 2017 description

MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a "Fighting Famine” campaign in Spain to warn about the severe food crisis that puts 20 million people at risk of dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the Northeast of Nigeria. In these places, 1.4 million children are suffering from severe malnutrition and their lives are at risk.

12 Aug 2017 description

Well above-average seasonal rainfall continues over parts of Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Sudan

Key Messages

  • Rainfall in July continued to be above average over areas of eastern Sudan, western Ethiopia, and northeastern South Sudan, which has been favorable for cropping activities. In addition, heavier than normal rainfall is increasing the risk of flooding in many of the floodprone areas.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

6.7 million people in Somalia face hunger according to recent reports from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Though the much-anticipated Gu — or “long” — rains finally arrived, the situation hasn’t improved. In fact, hunger levels are projected to rise.

LIVING ON A “KNIFE-EDGE”

11 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 306 AWD/cholera cases and 2 deaths (CFR-0.7%) were reported from 34 districts in 11 regions during week 30. Of these, 81 cases (26%) were reported from Banadir region.

  • There was a 65% decrease in the number of new AWD/cholera cases from 864 cases in week 29 to 306 cases in week 30. Deaths decreased from 4 during week 29 to 2 during week 30.

  • The number of cases in South Central decreased from 506 and 4 deaths during week 29 to 306 cases and 2 deaths in week 30.

11 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since January 2017, UNICEF and partners have provided lifesaving therapeutic treatment to 129,602 severely malnourished children. This represents 105 percent of the children reached in 2016. The number of admissions in the hotspot areas of Bay, Bakool, Galgadud, Mudug and the Shabelle regions account for 37 percent of all children reached to date.