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09 Sep 2011 description

In Somalia, the situation is deteriorating with famine declared in six regions and threatening to expand throughout the south. Rates of malnutrition and mortality are increasing, and communicable diseases continue to spread.

01 Sep 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 September 2011 (IRIN) - The race to feed more than 12 million people facing severe food shortages in the Horn of Africa has seen humanitarian agencies make several funding appeals. Donor governments have contributed US$1.46 billion out of the required $2.48 billion.

So far, so traditional. What has not been counted has been the response of ordinary people to the disaster unfolding on their TV screens. Here is a round-up of some initiatives that have tapped into popular philanthropy.

26 Aug 2011 description

African leaders talk often of 'African solutions for African problems,' but the paltry $70 million pledged at an AU famine-relief conference raises questions whether this mantra is just rhetoric.

By Osiame Molefe, Correspondent / August 26, 2011

24 Aug 2011 description
report African Union

The international community, in consultation with the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and national Governments, in response to the situation in the Horn of Africa, and through various on-going efforts and initiatives, has come up with a number of areas of priorities, required to respond the crisis. The funding requirement is currently estimated at US$ 2.481 billion in aid to respond to the drought emergency (This include all other sectors not considered priority in this analysis). Out of this, US$ 1 billion has already been committed so far.

24 Aug 2011 description
report African Union

Once again a desperate humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa has caught the attention of the world at large.

Vast swaths of the region, and in particular, Somalia, have been in the grip of a severe drought for many months leading to acute food shortage. In two regions of Somalia, the dreaded killer word, “famine”, has now been officially declared.

23 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

An spokesman for the African Union says final preparations are being made for the scheduled August 25 “pledge conference” in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Organized by the continental body, the meeting aims to raise funds to help relief efforts in hunger-stricken East Africa, which has created hundreds of thousands refugees and internally displaced.

El-Ghassim Wane said the A.U. has been providing support delivering food and protecting relief workers.

12 Aug 2011 description

Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $107 million has been allocated to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia this year.

11 Aug 2011 description

Famine has spread in Somalia, including Mogadishu, and threatens to expand throughout the south. US$1.3 billion is still needed to provide life-saving assistance to 12.4 million people.

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05 Aug 2011 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 5 August 2011 – As part of the African Union’s (AU) efforts to assist the victims of the famine in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, the AU Commission has opened a bank account to receive donations from African Governments, private sector and ordinary African citizens. The bank details are as follows:

AFRICAN UNION HORN OF AFRICA DROUGHT RELIEF

FCY ACCOUNT N: 02702/953184/00

COMMERCIAL BANK OF ETHIOPIA

AU BRANCH

ADDIS ABABA ETHIOPIA

SWIFT CODE: CBETETAA

03 Aug 2011 description
report The Guardian

Explainer: How operations to get aid into Somalia have been hit by a lack of cash in the build-up to the famine

The famine in Somalia will spread unless the world community responds with greater urgency, the UN said this week. With more than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti in need of aid, the UN says $1.4bn (£853m) is needed. Operations have been hit by a lack of cash in the build-up to the famine.

Read the full article in the Guardian

02 Aug 2011 description
report The New York Times

By STEPHANIE STROM Published: August 1, 2011

For better or worse, relief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises like the famine in east Africa.

The Center on Philanthropy estimates that American nonprofit aid groups received $1.9 billion in cash and in-kind gifts after the Asian tsunami of 2004, and $1.4 billion during the year after the earthquake that decimated Haiti in January 2010.

Read the complete story on the New York Times

01 Aug 2011 description

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With more than $1 billion in aid still needed, images emerging from the Horn of Africa of starving women and children must serve as a “wake-up call” to donors, said the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today, as she briefed correspondents on that region’s worst drought in 60 years.

30 Jul 2011 description
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BACKGROUND

■ 12.4 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

■ Famine has been declared in five regions of South Central Somalia and refugees continue to flee into Kenya and Ethiopia.

■ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has made a global appeal for everyone to do what they can to bridge the US$1.1 billion still required by aid agencies to reduce the loss of life.

27 Jul 2011 description

OCHA declared a corporate emergency on 20 July 2011. This factsheet summarises the main OCHA activities related to the crisis in the Horn of Africa and will be issued on a weekly basis until further notice.

Operations

Established OCHA presence in Horn of Africa

■ OCHA has 153 staff working in Country and Field Offices across the Eastern Africa region, of which 42 are international and 105 are national personnel. In addition, six editors from OCHA’s humanitarian news service IRIN work specifically on the Horn of Africa.

25 Jul 2011 description

Food security crisis in the Horn of Africa

The UN currently estimates that 11.5 million people in parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Somalia are severely affected by the major food security crisis and in need of assistance (UNHCR, 17 July 2011). The Horn of Africa has been building since the complete failure of the October-December 2010 rains. Consequent harvest failure was followed by late and erratic rains between March and May 2011.

21 Jul 2011 description

Holds Panel on Strengthening Preparedness and Capacities for Humanitarian Response and Special Event on Humanitarian Situation in the Horn of Africa

07 Jul 2011 description

July 06, 2011 | Garrett Bradford

The Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in almost sixty years affecting ten million people. Somalia is one of the nations in the region hit hardest by the extreme lack of rain. It is also one of the poorest and most crisis-prone countries on the planet. Somalia is experiencing the driest season on record since the mid-20th century, resulting in widespread famine.

02 Jul 2011 description

By Beatrice Gachenge

NAIROBI, July 1 (Reuters) - Donor fatigue following recurrent humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa has left aid agencies short of funds to carry out their work.

The number of refugees in need of assistance has risen in countries affected by a severe drought, including Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia, a UNICEF spokesman said.