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11 Dec 2009 description


04 Dec 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF urgently requires USD 42,5 million to ensure the continuity of emergency assistance over the next three months for up to 24 million people affected by drought, chronic food insecurity and conflict in the Horn of Africa

- Across the Horn of Africa some 500,000 children under five are presently suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

- In 2009, UNICEF in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda, UNICEF only received 42 per cent of its funding requirements despite 24 million people requiring emergency assistance in these countries.

25 Nov 2009 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Opening Remarks

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

I have just returned from Eastern Sudan which, as you know, is the centre of one of the longest standing refugee situations in Africa. The East epitomizes this country's long history of hosting refugees. It is a tribute to both the Government of Sudan and the people of the Eastern region, who share land and natural resources with refugees who have nowhere else to go.

I visited Wad Sharifey, Shagarab and Kilo 26 refugee camps.

17 Nov 2009 description

General Situation

Since the fall of the Siad Barre's regime in 1991, Somalia fell in the hands of different militias commanded by powerful warlords, who divided the country along clan lines. Since then, there have been at least 15 attempts to re-establish a national government, the last of which UNHCR Somalia Funding Situation 32,600,000 brought to power Sheik Shariif Ahmed, at the end of January 2009.

17 Nov 2009 description

UNHCR Somalia's Core Activities

- Coordinate and guide all protection activities targeting IDPs in Somalia, as Protection Cluster chair;

- Coordinate and guide all shelter activities benefiting IDPs in Somalia, as the Shelter and Non Food Items (NFIs) Cluster chair;

- Coordinate all humanitarian activities focusing on Mixed Migration, co-chairing the Mixed Migration Task Force;

- Provide protection and assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers living in Somalia, as well as seeking durable solutions to their displacement;

- Implement protection and shelter …

06 Nov 2009 description


06 Nov 2009 description



The overall humanitarian situation remains challenging. The major concerns are still low food production due to consecutive rain failures, high food prices preventing the poorest households from having access to basic dietary requirements, and access limitations imposed by the Government, including lack of access to the Ogaden/Somali Regional State and restrictions on nutritional emergency response programmes.

30 Oct 2009 description

Somalia: the status quo prevails, but the need for more support remains

A "violent stalemate" continues to prevail in Somalia with reports of further attacks against AMISOM in Mogadishu at the end of the week, though the latest round of fighting has not fundamentally altered the status quo on the ground. Both elements of the extremist opposition, Al-Shabaab, and Hizbul Islam which has been weakened by its loss of Kismayo to Al-Shabaab, continue to pursue their efforts to overthrow the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) through violent means.

26 Oct 2009 description

Regional Displacement Summary

At the end of September 2009, there were 10,188,709 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 10 out of 18 countries in the East and Central Africa region. This represents a net increase of 1,084,383 IDPs within the last six months.

Countries with ongoing massive internal displacements include the Democratic Republic of Congo (2.12 million), Sudan (4 million) and Somalia (1.55 million).

23 Oct 2009 description

GENEVA, 23 October 2009 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and its Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) welcome the African Union's adoption of the Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. The Convention was adopted in Kampala today at the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs in Africa.

"The African Union is the first regional organisation worldwide to adopt a legally binding instrument to protect the rights of internally displaced people," said NRC Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson.

23 Oct 2009 description

A concert organized by IOM, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will later today in Tripoli bring top performers from Ghana and Niger as part of efforts to raise awareness on the pitfalls of irregular migration.

Renowned Ghanaian singer and songwriter Amandzeba will perform to thousands alongside Sogha, a famous band from Niger to convey the central message of the event: whatever your aspirations are, be properly informed so as to make the right decision.

As part of the event, community leaders and migrants who've …

22 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Kampala, Uganda 22 October 2009 - In January 2009, Africa was host to an estimated 11.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) out of the world's 26 million IDP's. It is with the aim to address forced displacement, which is avoidable by reducing this figure, that the African Union (AU) has organized the Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and IDP's.

21 Oct 2009 description

Geneva (ICRC) - Tackling the problem of internal displacement in all its dimensions requires a huge concerted effort at both the State and international level, says the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

20 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

Kampala, Uganda 20 October 2009 - After two-days of deliberations, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has adopted the Draft AU Convention on protection and assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) and the Draft Kampala Declaration. African Ministers of Foreign Affairs were meeting at an Extraordinary Session within the framework of the AU Special Summit on refugees, Returnees and IDP's in Africa which is being held in Kampala, Uganda from 19 to 23 October 2009.

During this …

19 Oct 2009 description
report African Union

Kampala, Uganda 19 October 2009 - Through the National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons, Uganda has resettled 2.1 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since 2002. "The remaining 413 000 are gradually returning home on a voluntary basis".

These were the words of Ugandan Prime Minister Professor Apolo R Nsibambi at the opening of the Extraordinary Session of the AU Executive Council being held in Kampala, Uganda from 19 till 20 October 2009.

19 Oct 2009 description

KAMPALA, Uganda, October 19 (UNHCR) - Government ministers from across Africa gathered in Kampala, Uganda, today to address the challenges of forced displacement confronting the continent.

For the next two days, the ministers attending the extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council will deliberate on the seemingly intractable problem of forced displacement in Africa, and lay the ground for the historic AU summit on refugees, returnees and internally displaced people (IDP).

16 Oct 2009 description


- El Niño floods could aggravate drought, food and livelihood crisis in Africa's Horn

- Vulnerable populations risk further asset losses, displacement and epidemics

- Conflict displaced Somalis face increased risks

- Regional food insecurity to extend into 2010

With El Niño looming, Countries prepare for Floods and Landslides

The Horn of Africa, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in a decade and ongoing conflicts , is facing a new challenge: floods.

16 Oct 2009 description

(Nairobi/New York 16 October 2009) - Vulnerable communities in the Horn of Africa, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in a decade, are bracing for yet another potential huge challenge in coming months: floods triggered by the climatic phenomenon El Niño and associated mudslides, crop destruction, water-borne diseases and disrupted road networks.