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Report of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Walter Kälin - Addendum: Mission to Somalia (A/HRC/13/21/Add.2)

Human Rights Council
Thirteenth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic,
social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Summary

The Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Walter Kälin, conducted an official mission to Somalia from 14 to 21 October 2009 with the consent of, and after consultation with, the authorities. Pursuant to the Representative's mandate contained in Human Rights Council resolution 6/32, he sought to

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Somalia Humanitarian Overview Vol. 2 Issue 11, November - 15 December 2009

Main Developments

- A suicide attack on 3 December at Shamo Hotel in Mogadishu left 24 people dead, including four Transitional Federal Government (TFG) ministers, and more than 46 seriously injured. The hotel was hosting a graduation ceremony for medical students from Banadir University.

- According to the latest update from Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit's (FSNAU), there are signs of improvement in the overall food security in Somalia, following average and above average 2009 Deyr rains. As a result, in 2010, the total number

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Somalia: Food Security and Nutrition Quarterly Brief 17 Dec 2009 - Focus on Post Deyr season early warning

KEY FINDINGS

There are signs of improvement in the overall food security situation in most livelihoods of Somalia, as a result of near normal crop performance, good pasture/browse conditions and improved water availability following average and above average Deyr '09 rains. The post-Deyr seasonal outlookis favourable in most agropastoral and riverine areas of Somalia. Cereal production is expected to be near normal in southern Somalia, as well as in the Cowpea Belt in southern and central parts of the country. The harvest in the northwest agropastoral areas is also likely

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Burundi + 2 others
Climate change, disaster, displacement and migration: initial evidence from Africa

Introduction

In its First Assessment Report in 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that the gravest effects of climate change may be those on human mobility. Over the last year, some progress has been made within both the academic and the humanitarian policy community in seeking answers to some basic questions arising from this issue, such as how and where people are displaced, who and how many are displaced, and how (if at all) they are protected. In parallel, work has been done to highlight this issue in the climate change negotiations. (1)

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Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin #29 November 2009

The Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin provides an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners operating in Somalia.

The Health Cluster Bulletin is issued on a monthly basis; and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/healthcluster

Contributions are to be sent to cluster@nbo.emro.who.int

HIGHLIGHTS

- CAP 2010 will be launched on 3 December in Nairobi. 174 projects coordinated by the 9 clusters and enabling programmes

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WFP hunger hotspots: Somalia - 20 Nov 2009

Buaale WFP office launched boat operations along Juba River after the roads became inaccessible due to the current heavy rains that have also increased the risk of excessive flooding along the river basin. During the reporting period two WFP boats were deployed for the team on nutrition screening missions in Sakow and Salagle. The boats are scheduled to transport 60 mt of food to five final distribution points in the Juba regions from Buaale.
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Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 280, 11 - 15 Nov 2009

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition
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Somalia: Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin No. 44, 06 - 13 Nov 2009

Key Overall Developments

WHO has confirmed the Pandemic A (H1N1) 2009 for the first time in Somalia. Two out of 10 samples tested positive for novel H1N1 (pandemic strain) on 3 November 2009 in a referral laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya. Ethiopia and Kenya have already confirmed cases of H1N1, including from within refugee camps close to the Somali border. In collaboration with Somali health authorities, WHO has developed a national plan for H1N1 vaccination (vaccination of health workers and high-risk groups such as pregnant women) in accordance with WHO guidelines.

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Somalia: ICRC Bulletin No. 05/2009 - Hardship compounded by heavy rain

Heavy rains are severely affecting thousands of families displaced by the hostilities in Mogadishu who sought refuge between the capital and Afgoye. Many families moved to higher ground but are still exposed to the rain. The ICRC has distributed 7,000 tarpaulins as emergency shelter.

The forecast, based in part on the effects of the El Niño weather system, is for rains in Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands to continue and even intensify in the coming days and weeks. As a consequence, there is a very high risk of breaches occurring in river

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Aid groups alarmed over delay in Somali famine relief

Report
Voice of America
By Alan Boswell

Nairobi 10 November 2009

Aid groups are raising increasing alarm over a delay in international food aid towards famine-stricken Somalia. Concerns over the misdirection of aid to an Islamic militant group has threatened contributions from the United States and other Western donors.

The World Food Program says nearly half the Somali population is in need of emergency food relief.

Ongoing lawlessness, plus a brutal drought has left much of central and southern Somalia with a severe food deficit,

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U.N. warns of mass displacement without Somalia aid

- International funding falls far short of U.N. requests

- WHO sees outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease, cholera, measles

GENEVA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands more Somalis are on the brink of leaving their country, where floods have aggravated already desperate humanitarian conditions, United Nations agencies warned on Tuesday.

Flooding this month has driven 16,000 more people from their homes in the Horn of African country where about 1.5 million have been uprooted since the start of 2007, said Elisabeth Byrs of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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Somalia: Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin No. 43, 30 Oct - 06 Nov 2009

Key Overall Developments

The Flood Information Group (FIG) estimates that at least 16,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Hiraan, Gedo and Lower Shabelle regions. The floods have damaged river embankments, collapsed latrines and contaminated shallow wells. Most of the displaced populations so far have been able to move to houses of relatives located in elevated places. The forecast for the coming week is moderate risk of flooding in the lower reaches of the Shabelle and Juba rivers due to moderate rains in the catchments of the two rivers both in Ethiopia and Somalia.

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Somalia: Food Security and Nutrition Quarterly Brief 02 Nov 2009 - Focus on Deyr season early warning

Key Findings

The food security situation in all livelihoods of Somalia remains as classified during the post Gu '09 assessment (June-July '09). The early Deyr rains have begun to improve the situation in the drought affected north and the central areas. There is a good off-season cereal and cash crop production in Juba regions in the south. Cereal prices have decreased in the south, except in areas that suffered from Gu '09 crop failure. The urban poor food security situation is showing improvement in the south, northeast and northwest, where declines in the cost of minimum

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Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 278, 27 Oct -01 Nov 2009

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition
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Somalia Humanitarian Overview Vol. 2 Issue 10, Oct 2009

Main Developments

- Although early Deyr rains (October-December) have begun to improve the situation in some parts of Somalia, the overall food security situation in the country will not change in the coming six months. At least 3.6 million people, nearly 50 percent of the country's population, will continue to require humanitarian assistance or livelihood support.

- El Niño affected rains have increased the risk of flooding in southern Somalia. In October, localised flooding temporarily displaced up to 16,000 people. Water borne disease outbreaks

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Somalia: Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action Newsletter - Oct 2009

The Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action (EHA) Newsletter provides a summarized overview of the current humanitarian health situation in Somalia and activities that WHO is carrying out in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

The newsletter is issued on a monthly basis and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/CollaborativeProgrammes-eha.htm

Health events & situation overview

Several rumours of acute watery diarrhoea

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Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin #28 October 2009

The Somalia Health Cluster Bulletin provides an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners operating in Somalia.

The Health Cluster Bulletin is issued on a monthly basis; and is available online at www.emro.who.int/somalia/healthcluster

Contributions are to be sent to cluster@nbo.emro.who.int

HIGHLIGHTS

- 2 cases of Cholera in Banadir hospital have been laboratory confirmed.

- War casualties were the major challenge