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27 Dec 2006 description

GENEVA, December 27 (UNHCR) - As the fighting in Somalia intensifies, the UN refugee agency is mobilising staff and resources in preparation for possible widespread displacement in the region.

Although no large-scale refugee movements from Somalia have yet been recorded in neighbouring countries, UNHCR is immediately positioning relief items in the region for up to 50,000 people, as well as trucks and emergency staff.

The agency is reinforcing its operational capacity in north-eastern Kenya and in Ethiopia in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia, where …

25 Dec 2006 description

Dec 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopian warplanes attacked two Islamist-held airfields in Somalia on Monday, witnesses said, wounding at least one person and further escalating a conflict that threatens to engulf the Horn of Africa in war. Here are some details about the region.

WHAT IS THE HORN OF AFRICA?

-The horn is a peninsula of East Africa that juts into the Arabian Sea.

-The term also refers to the greater region containing the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It covers approximately 2 million sq km (770,000 sq mile). The population is about 86.5 million.

22 Dec 2006 description
report Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 22, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday it would like to clarify that the16,387 Somali refugees currently in Ethiopia are people who have been in Ethiopia since early 1990's and are in no way related to the present situation in Somalia.

20 Dec 2006 description

New Zealand is contributing $2 million to relief efforts in Africa following two humanitarian crises caused by extreme weather conditions, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

30 Nov 2006 description

OVERVIEW FOR DECEMBER

The Qatar presidency in December will be a challenging one. December is a short month because Council members usually strive to finish their work by Christmas. However, there are a near record-high number of issues on the December calendar.

30 Nov 2006 description

Editorial

After the crisis of the first half of this year, starting with the long rains in July, and now, since late October, because of the short rains, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have been experiencing heavy downpours that deepen the humanitarian crisis facing the same communities already affected by the drought. Records and forecasts covering October to December 2006(1) show rainfalls above the normal.

27 Nov 2006 description

Nairobi/Brussels, 27 November 2006: The draft resolution the U.S. intends to present to the UN Security Council on 29 November could trigger all-out war in Somalia and destabilise the entire Horn of Africa region by escalating the proxy conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea to dangerous new levels.

24 Nov 2006 description
report Islamic Relief

Serious flooding in the Horn of Africa after several weeks of heavy rain has affected up to 1.8 million people.

Large swathes of central and southern Somalia are under floodwaters, while the Juba and Tana rivers have combined to inundate a large region of north-eastern Kenya. Ethiopia's Somali region is also affected.

Reports indicate that at least 80 people have died in the last three weeks whilst thousands have been forced to flee their submerged homes.

According to the UN, these are possibly the worst floods in the region for 50 years.

17 Nov 2006 description

NAIROBI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Torrential rains and floods have hit up to 1.8 million people in the Horn of Africa, driving tens of thousands from their homes and threatening to trigger epidemics, U.N. aid bodies said on Friday.

In the latest reports of growing disaster around the region, the UNHCR refugee agency said rising waters had uprooted more than 78,000 people in northeast Kenya and completely cut off three refugee camps near Kenya's border with Somalia.

Heavy rains are forecast to continue into at least December, the U.N.

13 Nov 2006 description
report UNAIDS

Somalis unite with Horn of Africa partners to address HIV/AIDS

Hargeisa - (Monday 13 November 2006) - "Due to the high level of mobility in the Horn of Africa, important population groups consistently remain outside the reach of national efforts to address HIV/AIDS.

10 Nov 2006 description
report European Commission


OVERALL GOOD MAIZE AND SORGHUM YIELD PROSPECTS

In general the climatic conditions were favorable for maize and sorghum development for most of the countries in Eastern Africa during the main crop season of 2006. The main climatic concern during this crop season was the negative impact of flash floods on food security, mainly in Ethiopia, South Sudan and more recently in Somalia.

08 Nov 2006 description




During the week ending November 6, the Juba and Shabelle catchments in Somalia received little/no rains (See Table below).

20 Oct 2006 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 20 October 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Despite a crackdown in some parts of Somalia's Puntland region, hundreds of Somalis, Ethiopians and Sudanese are still resorting to smugglers' boats to make the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen - and some are still dying. Since the onset of better sailing weather in early September, UNHCR staff in Yemen have recorded the arrival of more than 5,700 people in 56 boats.

18 Oct 2006 description


Highest Priority—Urgent Action Required - Emergency

Ethiopia: Pastoral households continue to face a food security crisis. Water and pasture scarcity remains critical in many districts. Good rains in agricultural areas mean that this year's crop production estimates are expected to be above average, but serious floods may have a negative impact on crop production.

10 Oct 2006 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 October 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is very concerned about the deportation of migrants by Somali authorities in the north-eastern port city of Bosaso. UN agencies and international organisations working in Bosaso have requested the authorities to temporarily suspend the forced returns until UNHCR has a chance to check that there are no asylum seekers among those being deported - mainly to Ethiopia.

01 Oct 2006 description
report CARE

1. SOS Africa - permanent crisis in Africa?

By 2020 the world will have spent more than =A3165 billion this century fighting emergencies in Africa'. Yet it has been estimated that just =A3132 billion, if spent differently, could instead halve hunger by 20152. Rather than simply saving lives, this money could be spent improving lives and ending the cycle of emergencies.

In 1984, famine in Ethiopia prompted the unprecedented mass action of LiveAid to raise funds for the eight million people facing starvation.

12 Sep 2006 description

BOSASO, Somalia, September 12 (UNHCR) - They sleep in the streets, taking any work available to pay smugglers for the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden. The danger of drowning is outweighed by the hope of escaping the chaos and poverty of Somalia.

For at least five years, those seeking a better life in Yemen or oil-rich states of the Middle East have been coming to this port in northeast Somalia's Puntland region to attempt the 300-kilometre crossing.