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03 Mar 2017 description

(Nairobi, 3 March 2017) – On a visit to one of the driest areas in northern Kenya today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, saw the devastating impact of drought on rural communities and called for international support for communities affected by conflict and drought in Kenya and the Horn of Africa.

The third consecutive year of drought in the Horn of Africa is causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease and triggering large scale population movements.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.

  • Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.

  • Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.

  • More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.

09 Dec 2014 description

Seasonal outlook and impact on food security

There has been a general decrease in the number of food insecure people as harvests continue across the region. Following an extended dry period and delayed onset of rains, a large part of the arid, semi-arid lands (ASALs) have received below-average rainfall providing limited relief.

01 Dec 2014 description

Displacement increased by 1.4 million in region

The number of people displaced in the region has increased by 14 per cent in the last six months. By the end of September 2014, the total number of people displaced was 11,433,752 in Burundi, (eastern) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Of the total displaced population, 2,467,547 are refugees while 8,966,205 are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and people severely affected by conflict.

30 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 11 million people are living as refugees or IDPs in the eastern Africa region.

  • Upsurge in fighting and displacement in the Kivus and Katanga region.

  • ICPAC predicts more flooding in December 2014.

  • Chronic crisis with pockets of acute to emergency food and nutrition insecurity in region.

  • Internal displacement dramatic increase mainly in South Sudan and Sudan.

  • Scale up in response needs substantial new aid flows to be adequate.

04 Apr 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• WFP and partners begin rapid response operations to reach IDPs in South Sudan before they are cut off

• Military offensive in Somalia slows down interest of returnees, as Kenya issues orders to reinforce encampment of refugees

• Regional agro-climatic outlook: mostly normal to near-normal rain and vegetation conditions except in known drought-prone areas

• Flood alerts in river basins and other low-lying areas

• OCHA-IGAD strengthen ties on resilience

• One polio case reported in Ethiopia

11 Feb 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security stable but some areas experiencing crisis

  • Protection concerns for South Sudanese IDPs and refugees

  • Displacement crisis in Katanga, DRC

  • Reintegration challenges for expelled migrants from Tanzania

  • Less displacement caused by inter-communal violence in Kenya in 2013 compared to 2012

  • ICRC in Sudan forced to suspend operations, in talks with Government

23 Jan 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Government of Kenya deploys troops to stop intercommunal violence in Moyale

• An estimated 494,000 IDPs and more than 86,000 refugees displaced by conflict in South Sudan

• Humanitarian community activates a three-month response plan and provides assistance in accessible areas of South Sudan

• Expulsion of migrants from Tanzania and Saudi Arabia ongoing

• M23 reportedly regrouping, as other armed groups continue to attack civilians in eastern DRC

16 Jan 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in southern Africa, as well as a large number of irregular migrants.

  • South Africa remains the recipient of the highest annual number of asylum applications worldwide, with 82,000 applications in 2012.

18 Dec 2013 description

Highlights

· Sporadic fighting kills over 100 people and displaces more than 100,000 others in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

· South Sudan imposes a curfew following a failed coup attempt

· Humanitarian actors report a funding shortfall of US$11.9 million for more than 140,000 Ethiopia migrants being received from Saudi Arabia

· The more than 55,000 illegal immigrants expelled from Tanzania are still in need of humanitarian assistance

21 Nov 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional food security in eastern Africa shows marked improvement

  • Nutrition in Turkana Central worsens from Serious to Critical

  • No polio in South Sudan, as political impasse hinders vaccination in Sudan More than 100 people dead and over one million others affected by floods since August

  • More than 10 million people displaced in the region as of September 2013

  • Agreement signed for return of Somali refugees in Kenya, as similar plans are made for return of Burundians in Uganda

15 Jul 2013 description

Highlights

 Tensions remain high in Mandera and Wajir Counties, where inter-communal conflicts since March 2012 have left over 90 people dead and more than 52,000 others displaced.

 On 29 June, three people died and 20 houses were burnt down during a retaliatory attack by members of the Garre community against the Degodia in Mandera.

 On 30 June, a peace team comprising the Wajir County Governor, Senator and Women Representative were ambushed by unknown assailants during an assessment mission in the County. No injuries were reported.

27 Jun 2013 description

Highlights

• Inter-communal conflict between the Garre and Degodia clans in Mandera County has left over 85 people dead and over 25,000 others displaced since March 2012.

• Worst affected are Wajir County, Banisa and Rhamu Constituencies, with reports of emerging tensions between the relatives of the two communities across the border in Ethiopia.

• The Government has deployed security forces and commissioned a disarmament exercise in the affected area.

23 May 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 170 people have died and 225,000 displaced as a result of flash flooding

  • Food Security: Aid agencies urged to adopt ‘no regrets response’ to build on regional food security gains

  • Renewed attempts made to address cross border and incountry insecurity in eastern Africa, namely in Somalia, DRC and Kenya.

  • Regional Migration: An estimated 9.15 million people are currently displaced in the region: 2,012,531 are refugees and 7,141,442 are IDPs

20 May 2013 description

Situation Overview

Since the onset of the March – May rain season, at least 170 people have died and 225,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of localised flash flooding and landslides across eastern Africa, most notably in parts of Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and to a lesser extent in Tanzania.

24 Apr 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Several weeks of heavy rainfall have displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes in Kenya

  • Despite crop damage, regional food security continues to improve

  • Refugees continue to cross borders, albeit in reduced numbers, due to protracted insecurity in Sudan, South Sudan, Eastern DRC and Somalia

21 Mar 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The African Development Bank has allocated $140.5 million to resilience efforts.

  • Peace agreements for DRC and Sudan/South Sudan have been signed amid continuing concerns.

  • Refugees continue to flee DRC and Sudan. Some 12,000 Somalis left Kenya for Somalia despite challenging conditions.

  • Food security has generally improved across the region, though 16 million people are still facing crisis and emergency conditions.

  • Peace holds in Kenya voting despite some violence.