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28 Dec 2011 description
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By Indrias Getachew

OROMIA REGION, Ethiopia, 27 December 2011 – One-year-old Kedir Mudi and his mother, Alemnesh Gerefa, play in the waiting area of the health post in Derer Ebija, a rural village in Oromia Region. Only three months ago, this happy toddler came dangerously close to death after contracting pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children in Ethiopia.

Kedir was diagnosed during a visit to the Derer Ebija health post, where the health extension workers had been trained, with UNICEF support, to detect pneumonia.

28 Nov 2011 description
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I. OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL

The security situation in Southern Somalia, Northeastern Kenya and areas around the Kenya- Somalia border remains highly volatile. As a result access to people in need continues to be impeded.

In addition to the fighting in Deynile/Mogadishu and the reported continuing "slow but steady" advance of Kenya Defence Forces towards Kismayo, there have been reported sightings of Ethiopian troops crossing into Somalia since 19 November. However, Ethiopian authorities have denied these reports.

22 Nov 2011 description
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By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, 18 November 2011—UNICEF has welcomed the news that famine is on the retreat in southern Somalia.

Famine was declared in six areas of southern Somalia in July.

According to the latest report from the United Nations’ Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, famine has been beaten in three areas. Middle Shabelle Afgovye and Mogadishu’s Internally Displaced Persons population continue to remain afflicted by famine, but not Lower Shabelle, Bakool and Bay.

17 Nov 2011 description
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I. OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL

UNICEF is extremely concerned about the impact of escalating conflict in Somalia on children. All parties to the conflict are urged to take all necessary measures to safeguard civilians, including children hundreds of thousands of whom are already at risk due to the ongoing famine. Also of concern are the recruitment and use of children for armed services and sexual violence of children and women.

Deteriorating security levels continues to hamper access to people in need in Southern Somalia and Northeastern Kenya.

11 Nov 2011 description
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OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

SECURITY
- The humanitarian access situation in Southern Somalia and Northeastern Kenya remains challenging due to security concerns.

  • Kenya’s military involvement inside Somalia continues, with fighting ongoing in parts of Lower Juba, including bombing raids. The recent kidnapping of two additional aid workers from the Danish Demining Group in Galkayo has further restricted access in the border area between Northern and Southern Somalia.

11 Nov 2011 description
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Ethiopia Drought Situation

  • The food security situation continues to improve in most parts of Ethiopia, particularly in the highland areas. Kiremt rains have been generally favourable for planting and crop development and improved availability of pasture and water. The Meher harvest is likely to be average to above average. Meher assessment planning is currently underway and will start on 21 November.

11 Nov 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

A total of 93,644 households received at least one monthly blanket supplementary food ration benefitting about 561,864 people, including 112,373 children under five years of age, in Bay, Bakool, Hiran, Middle Juba and Lower Shabelle (since inception of the programme in August).

The mop up measles vaccination campaign in Mogadishu has been completed and covered 14 out of the 16 planned districts, due to insecurity. Preliminary results indicate a total of 626,625 children (6 months- 15 years) were reached with Measles vaccination (96% of target).

10 Nov 2011 description
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I. OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL

Normal and above-normal rainfall with relatively good distribution is being reported throughout the region, including in drought-affected areas.

Following the Kenyan military incursion into Somalia, reports indicate that a number of civilians have started moving out of villages surrounding the Al Shabaab strongholds of Afgooye, Kismayo, Baidoa, and Marka, as well as other towns in southern Somalia where Kenyan troops have warned of attacks.

10 Nov 2011 description
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake urges focus on most disadvantaged

The Global Partnership for Education has helped more than 19 million children go to school for the first time. A campaign to renew support for these efforts culminates in a pledging event in Copenhagen on 7-8 November 2011. This series of stories seeks to highlight the Partnership’s work during this critical time.

By Joan Howe

09 Nov 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

Ethiopia Drought Situation

The food security situation continues to improve in most parts of Ethiopia, particularly in the highland areas. Kiremt rains have been generally favourable for planting and crop development and improved availability of pasture and water. The Meher harvest is likely to be average to above average. Meher assessment planning is currently underway and will start on 21 November.

02 Nov 2011 description
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I. OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL

SECURITY

The deterioration of the security situation continues to threat relief efforts in Somalia and Kenya.
The recent kidnapping of two additional aid workers from the Danish Demining Group (one US and one Danish citizen) in Galkayo, Somalia is raising further concern on access as many humanitarian partners operate from there.

ON WATCH:

02 Nov 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 85,386 households received monthly blanket supplementary food rations benefitting approximately 512,316 people, including 102,463 children under five years of age, in Bay, Bakool,
    Hiran, Middle Juba and Lower Shabelle.

  • In total since January, 103,163 severely malnourished children and 178,580 moderately malnourished children have been admitted and treated in UNICEF supported nutrition centres. In addition, 39,395 HHs (236,370 people) have been admitted into the wet feeding programme to date.

02 Nov 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

Ethiopia Drought Situation

• Most parts of Somali Region (Warder, Korahe, Gode, Liben, Degahbur, and Afdher Zones) continued to receive the seasonal Deyr rains that started in the last week of September, improving access to water for humans and animals and regenerating pasture for animals. Following the rains, flooding has been reported in Danan, Maraato, Gunagado, Birkot, Kelafo, Mustahil and Ferfer of the Region.

• In Oromiya Region, apart from East and West Hararghe, other drought affected areas are experiencing rains over the last one week.

23 Oct 2011 description
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Ethiopia Drought Situation

• The Deyr rains (October-December rains) have started in all the seven Deyr-receiving zones of the Somali Region. According to field reports, good quantities of rains were received in parts of Degahbur, Fik, Gode, Korahe, and Wardher zones and all woredas in Afdher and Liben zones.
These seven Deyr-receiving zones in the Somali Region were most affected by the current drought and the recent rains are bringing some relief to the pastoral communities.

20 Oct 2011 description
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Highlights

• Increased insecurity continues to curtail the delivery of humanitarian assistance. On 10 October, fighting broke out between the Al Shabaab and the TFG/AMISOM forces in Mogadishu.

• The measles immunization campaigns have reached more than one million children since July, out of a targeted 2.9 million children to be reached by December 2012. With the current access restrictions, UNICEF predicts it will be very difficult to reach these remaining children.