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07 Dec 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Locust Update:

The FAO (http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html) was last updated on November 29 indicating that the Desert Locust situation remains calm in the summer breeding areas in the Sahel in West Africa. Small-scale breeding is occurring in Mauritania and Algeria.

Lake Tanganyika Earthquake:

25 Nov 2005 description

Poor October - December Rains Threaten Pastoral and Agropastoral Areas in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.

16 Aug 2005 description
report Government of Kenya

NAIROBI - Kenya yesterday joined six other countries from the region in signing a Memorandum of Association that requires them to formulate legal, policy and management framework to support a joint approach to regional disaster management.

01 Aug 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

13 Jul 2005 description

(New York, 13 July): An attack on the village of Turbi, in the Masarbit district of Kenya, reportedly carried out by some 500 well-armed members of the Gabre militia, which is reportedly based in southern Ethiopia, left at least 44 persons dead, including 21 schoolchildren in uniform, and wounded many others. "I deplore this horrific attack against civilians, the majority of whom were innocent women and children," said Jan Egeland, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

13 Jul 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño:

30 Jun 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

16 Jun 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño:

Synopsis: ENSO-neutral conditions are expected during the northern summer and fall (June-November) 2005.

08 Jun 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Review of Tropical Cyclone Situation:

30 May 2005 description


The majority of households in most GHA countries will be experiencing the hunger period in the coming 3-4 months. During this period, access to food from markets will be critical until the next major harvests between July and December. The food supply is currently weak, and prospects for the next harvest are poor, due to late and poorly distributed rainfall, causing food prices to rise in most pastoral, agropastoral and marginal agricultural livelihood zones of GHA. High prices have been observed in most urban markets in the region.

27 May 2005 description
report EastAfrican


A lobby group wants refugees in Kenya to pay income tax.

The Refugee Consortium of Kenya said refugees, especially those in the urban areas, were engaged in gainful businesses for which they did not pay taxes because they were not properly registered. It urged the Government to address the anomaly.

"The more than 60,000 refugees in urban areas do not rely on any institution to maintain their upkeep.

11 May 2005 description

A meeting hosted by the Overseas Development Institute and the Great Lakes & East Africa Inter-Agency Emergency Preparedness Working Group.

14 Apr 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño: