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13 Jan 2012 description

From drought to floods — climate variability still impacting on vulnerable pastoral and agricultural communities.

The Eastern sector of the region has suddenly shifted from experi-encing severe drought to floods. This feature is a constant and urgent reminder of climate variability impacting on the most vulnerable pastoral and marginal agricultural communities.

10 Jan 2012 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • The crisis is not over – although the number of people facing famine has fallen to 250 000 in Somalia, the impact of the drought and severe food emergency will extend well into 2012 across the Horn of Africa.

  • There are some signs of hope – good ongoing short rains and coordinated, integrated humanitarian assistance are producing positive effects: pastures are growing, water sources are being refilled, etc.

31 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

Djibouti is a relatively stable country in the East and Horn of Africa, where it plays a pivotal role in the search for a peaceful settlement of the Somalia crisis. The country is the hub for naval forces combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It is host to more than 14,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, and is also a transit point for mixed migratory flows towards the Middle East and beyond.

30 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.

· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.

· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.

· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.

30 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

30 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

27 Dec 2011 description
report UN Foundation

Dear friend,

In the decades I've been working to solve global problems, I've never seen a crisis like the one we're currently tackling in the Horn of Africa.

Millions of people have been displaced by the worst drought and famine in a generation. They need food, water, shelter — and they also need nets.

23 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Tensions remain high in North Eastern Province of Kenya following a series of explosive attacks targeting military and police convoys in the area.

· Aid workers have further reduced operations in the Dadaab refugee camps following heightened insecurity.

· WHO has called on health partners to intensify cholera preventative activities in Mogadishu following an increase in cases.

22 Dec 2011 description

INTRODUCTION

  • An estimated 12 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa .

  • Aid agencies in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have reported high rates of acute malnutrition as well as large numbers of livestock deaths and other indicators of livelihood distress.

  • Numerous factors, including drought, the protracted conflict in Somalia, rising food prices, seasonal floods and localised resource conflicts are contributing to a deepening crisis.

22 Dec 2011 description

AusAID, together with UniQuest and the University of Queensland (UQ), is helping to improve skills for dryland farming in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

Food production on dryland in African countries is particularly important to ensure food security. However, despite efforts to introduce more sustainable and productive systems such as conservation farming and agroforestry, African farming is still governed by traditional slash and burn techniques.

21 Dec 2011 description
report British Red Cross

By Sarah Oughton

A report on the east Africa food crisis, recently published by the Red Cross, looks at the roots of the issue and proposes ways to avert future drought crises.

It says: “The answer lies not in emergency aid but in support for food security.”

21 Dec 2011 description

Ottawa, Ontario―Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced how Canada will be providing continued aid to those affected by the ongoing crisis in eastern Africa through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund.

In October, the Minister reported on the generosity of Canadian donations to help those suffering in eastern Africa. To fulfil its commitment, the government is providing support, through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, to 14 organizations that are working on the ground to help those most in need.

17 Dec 2011 description

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • On December 13, the U.N. launched the 2012 Somalia Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP), which requests $1.5 billion—a 50 percent increase from the 2011 CAP request—to address the emergency needs of 4 million people. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden noted that access to affected populations remains the biggest challenge to delivering assistance and called upon all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian principles, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

16 décembre 2011 – Réunis vendredi au siège de l'ONU à New York, les donateurs ont alloué 374,6 millions de dollars au Fonds central des Nations Unies pour les interventions d'urgence (CERF), entité qui permet de débloquer rapidement des fonds en cas d'urgence humanitaire dans le monde entier.

« Le CERF est un véritable succès pour les Nations Unies », a estimé le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, au début de la conférence de promesses de dons qui s'est déroulée vendredi au siège de l'ONU à New York.

16 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2011 – Donors pledged nearly $375 million today to the United Nations fund that ensures that humanitarian workers can quickly begin saving lives when a crisis strikes.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has disbursed more than $2 billion in assistance since it was launched in 2006, making it the world’s largest source of humanitarian funding.

16 Dec 2011 description

The Horn of Africa crisis continues to affect 13.3 million people, including 3 million people in southern Somalia. In Djibouti, the population is facing the country’s sixth consecutive failed rainy season

16 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Heavy rains have subsided this week in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, but humanitarian operations continue to be impeded by the damage to infrastructure caused by the heavy rains in previous weeks, as well as persistent insecurity.

· The World Health Organization has issued an alert over an increased risk of water-borne diseases following the recent heavy rains and flooding in the region.

16 Dec 2011 description
report American Red Cross

Friday, December 16, 2011 — Since 2009, massive, widespread drought has plagued the Horn of Africa region, bringing intense suffering to areas of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti and affecting more than 13 million people. Although seasonal rains have returned to the region, flooding and security issues hamper humanitarian operations in the region.