Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia April 2014 | Issued on 20 May 2014

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 20 May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Somalia is at risk of sliding back into emergency due to a combination of delayed rains and continued conflict, which could worsen food security.

  • Emergency response continued in areas where humanitarian access is possible.

  • Despite the serious humanitarian situation, resources for Somalia in 2014 are critically low.

FIGURES

# of people in humanitarian emergency and crisis - 857,000

# of people in stress - 2m

# of acutely malnourished children under age 5 - 203,000
Source: www.fsnau.org (January-June 2014 projection)

# of internally displaced people - 1.1m

# of Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen - 1m

Source: UNHCR

Alarm sounded ahead of possible food crisis

Food security experts again sounded the alarm in May that Somalia’s fragile humanitarian situation is at risk of reversing into renewed emergency. A mix of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict could cause the food security situation to deteriorate in the coming months.

These warnings have been issued against a backdrop of a military offensive and persistent insecurity, in which some 857,000 people, most of them displaced, need urgent assistance at least through June.
Two million Somalis are in food security “stress”, struggling to meet their own minimal food requirements. Late and poorly distributed rains are also a major concern in the mainly pastoral north-eastern part of Somalia, according to the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, led by the Food and Agrculture Organization (FAO), and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.