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29 Nov 2007 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 November 2007 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, will repatriate at least 3,000 Sudanese from the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya by end-December, an official told IRIN.

"Two flights are scheduled to leave Kakuma today [29 November]; in fact, one has already left with 39 passengers for Rumbek [Southern Sudan]; the second one will leave later in the day with 42 passengers, also for Rumbek," Emmanuel Nyabera, the UNHCR spokesman, said.

He added that two other flights would leave Kakuma for Rumbek on 30 November, each with 40 passengers.

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15 Nov 2007 description

Efforts undertaken by governments and development partners to bring about peace, stability and development in the Horn of Africa have negatively been hampered by many natural and man made calamities that continue to be experienced in the region.

This was contained in a statement by Dr. Mutrif Siddik, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan read by Ambassador Mahjoub El Basha at the beginning of the 5th Meeting of the Technical Committee on Early Warning (TCEW) yesterday at the Ministry's Conference Hall in Khartoum, Sudan.

28 Sep 2007 description

By Encho Gospodinov, Director a.i, Policy and Communications Division at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Red Cross Red Crescent disasters statistics show a worrying rise in the number of flood emergencies dealt with by volunteers across the African continent. Action must be taken if we want protect the lives and livelihoods of millions.

Over the past few years, the number of emergencies that National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have responded to has risen steeply.

20 Sep 2007 description
report British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is sending relief experts to countries across East and West Africa as it launches its Africa Flood appeal to raise funds to help some of the most vulnerable people caught up in the severe flooding in the region.

More than one million people are affected across countries including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. The unusually heavy rains have displaced cattle and destroyed crops leaving whole communities vulnerable and extremely short of food.

06 Jul 2007 description

In an interview with WFP web writer Michelle Hough, Menghestab Haile of WFP's Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping unit eplains why climate change is destined to hit the world's poor and hungry hardest.

Rome, 6 July 2007 - The earth was parched and cracked after years of erratic rains. Crops had failed, cattle were dying. People would soon follow.

After several earlier warnings from WFP, the writing was on the wall in January 2006: the Horn of Africa was on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe due to severe drought.

Fast forward eight months.

13 Jun 2007 description
  • Rainfall remains abundant across the northwestern Kenya and further northward into southern portions of Sudan and portions of southern and eastern Ethiopia. In west Africa, early season rains have benefited an area stretching from eastern Burkina Faso to southern Chad.

    - The failure of the Long Season rains has left eastern Kenya in a drought. Meanwhile short term dryness has impacted northern Ethiopia, much of Eritrea, Djibouti and sections of Somalia.

    1) The failure of the Long Rains has left most of eastern Kenya in a severe drought.

28 May 2007 description

By Tim Cocks

ENTEBBE, Uganda, May 28 (Reuters) - Bloody livestock raids in east Africa will continue unless governments address the causes of conflict between pastoral communities across the vast semi-desert region, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

"Taking their guns away will not solve the problem. They can get more," said Abdelrahim Khalil, director of the conflict prevention arm of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which groups seven east African countries.

02 May 2007 description
  • Rainfall in Somalia is not as heavy as it was during the last two weeks. There is still the potential for flooding along the Shebelle river, however as the precipitation makes its way down stream.

    - A slow start to the season is responsible for short term dryness in portions of Afar in Ethiopia and nearby parts of Eritrea and Djibouti.

    1) Rainfall has been below normal in parts of eastern and southern Kenya.

12 Apr 2007 description

New partnership formed to monitor and prevent spread of dangerous fungus

12 April 2007, Rome - A new and virulent fungus that attacks a wide range of wheat varieties has spread from East Africa to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, FAO reported today.

05 Mar 2007 description

Over the last 12 months, the Horn of Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti - has endured several adverse events that have had negative consequences on the food security of a significant proportion of the population. In early 2006, large sections of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia suffered a serious drought. In late 2006, a moderate El-Nino phenomenon coupled with a warming of the western Indian Ocean waters resulted in excessive rains and severe flooding, which affected many parts of Kenya and Somalia and parts of Ethiopia.

23 Feb 2007 description
report Kenya Red Cross

The Kenya Red Cross Society's mission is to build capacity and respond with vigour, compassion and empathy to the victims of disaster and those at risk, in the most effective and efficient manner. It works closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 1/2007) reflects the information available at this time.

02 Feb 2007 description

NOTE: The last fact sheet was dated December 8, 2006.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

The effects of unusually heavy rainfall and widespread flooding in October and November 2006 continue to impact areas in the Horn of Africa, damaging crops and infrastructure and increasing incidence of water-borne diseases.

31 Jan 2007 description


Weekly Introduction:

Warm water diminishing in the Equatorial Pacific Abnormally warm water in the tropical Pacific continues to diminish. Warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in this part of the world are associated with the El Nino, which has been fading. Despite warmer than normal waters, which have been in the region for months, the atmosphere responded little and few impacts were felt in Africa. Instead, a warmer than normal Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures likely had a more significant impact.

24 Jan 2007 description


Weekly Introduction:

Indian and Atlantic Oceans Remains Warm The Indian Ocean Dipole, partially responsible for the above normal precipitation in the Horn of Africa during the past few months, has broken down. Despite this, the weakening El Nino signature in the Pacific has allowed the wet conditions around Lake Victoria to remain in place.

Additionally the warm temperatures in the tropical Indian Ocean have remained in place. Thus the possibility of additional tropical cyclones developing remains.

16 Jan 2007 description

REGIONAL FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION WORKING GROUP

Background

In early 2006 the Horn of Africa (HoA) countries, and particularly Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, have suffered a serious drought. This shock and other attendant hardships, which mainly affected the pastoral and agro-pastoral populations in the eastern part of the HoA, made close to 10 million people extremely food insecure and heavily dependent on humanitarian assistance.

04 Jan 2007 description

FAO experts at work

4 January 2007, Rome - A Nairobi-based FAO team drawn from animal health experts in a number of countries of the Horn of Africa is working with veterinary in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia to address the latest outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the region.

Together with officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and various international aid agencies present in the area, the FAO team is helping draw up preparedness, communication, surveillance and response activities.

03 Jan 2007 description

On January 3, 2007 Kenya forced 400 asylum seekers, most of them women and children, back to Somalia and the recent violence they fled.  Kenya received more than 50,000 Somali refugees in 2006, but said it wanted to send a message that it would not accept Islamist fighters fleeing the recent Ethiopian invasion.