Somalia: Humanitarian Snapshot, January 2014 | Issued on 19 February 2014
Compared to six months ago, the number of people projected to be in ‘crisis and emergency’ conditions over the next six months has slightly reduced to 857,000 from 870,000.
Much of this incremental improvement is due to the rapid and focused actions of humanitarian agencies who responded to early warnings of the potentially poor harvests issued at the end of 2013. This softened the impact and helped prevent a worsening of the crisis. However, given the significant funding gaps in 2014, this improvement could be easily reversed. Sustained humanitarian assistance is needed to consolidate these gains.
A worrying trend is the increasing levels of severely malnourished children. Today, more than 50,000 severely malnourished children are at death’s doorstep. Without confirmed assistance, that number could double in six months.
IDP DURABLE SOLUTIONS
The relocation of about 5,800 internally displaced people from Mohamed Mooge in Hargeysa to a new settlement called Digaale which started in December was completed on the 26 January.
Following efforts by aid organizations working alongside the Hargeysa municipality, Somaliland authorities donated land to permanently settle and integrate the displaced families.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.