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30 Dec 2011 description


· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.

· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.

· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.

· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.

30 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

26 Dec 2011 description
report World Vision

World Vision welcomes the news that the famine is easing in parts of Somalia. The United Nations has officially downgraded the situation in Bakaool, lower Shabelle and Bay. At the peak of the crisis, malnutrition was affecting 53 per cent of the population in some areas of Somalia; now, that figure has fallen below the famine threshold of 30 per cent. But although conditions have begun to improve in the Horn of Africa for some, challenges remain great for the families who live there and the aid workers trying to respond.

26 Dec 2011 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children’s emergency appeal for East Africa has become the most successful in the charity’s history, highlighting the generosity of the British public despite the difficult economic climate.

Monday, December 26, 2011 - 17:15 The aid agency has raised more than £7 million in public donations since launching the appeal in July, overtaking the previous record of £6.8 million raised for the Asian tsunami.

23 Dec 2011 description


· Tensions remain high in North Eastern Province of Kenya following a series of explosive attacks targeting military and police convoys in the area.

· Aid workers have further reduced operations in the Dadaab refugee camps following heightened insecurity.

· WHO has called on health partners to intensify cholera preventative activities in Mogadishu following an increase in cases.

22 Dec 2011 description


  • An estimated 12 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in East Africa .

  • Aid agencies in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have reported high rates of acute malnutrition as well as large numbers of livestock deaths and other indicators of livelihood distress.

  • Numerous factors, including drought, the protracted conflict in Somalia, rising food prices, seasonal floods and localised resource conflicts are contributing to a deepening crisis.

22 Dec 2011 description

As we enter the season of giving and renewal, more than 13.3 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance amid the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years. The heartbreaking accounts of lives lost and of those struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and the need to reach out to people in need. I want to thank the many Americans who have reached out in support, and made donations over the last several months to support people in need in the Horn of Africa.

22 Dec 2011 description

More than 9,000 tonnes of British-funded food supplies and lifesaving medicines will arrive in drought zones in the Horn of Africa over the Christmas period, Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today.

Basic food supplies will feed some 800,000 people, as the latest figures show that up to 13 million people in the region will start 2012 in need of help.

21 Dec 2011 description

Humanitarian response in pastoral areas in the Horn of Africa has consistently been late. An enormous investment in early warning over a number of years has brought great improvements: mass human fatalities have become rarer in the past 25 years. However, humanitarian response now aims to prevent not only large-scale loss of life, but also the destruction of livelihoods. Our response has not kept up with this ambition.

21 Dec 2011 description

Ottawa, Ontario―Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced how Canada will be providing continued aid to those affected by the ongoing crisis in eastern Africa through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund.

In October, the Minister reported on the generosity of Canadian donations to help those suffering in eastern Africa. To fulfil its commitment, the government is providing support, through the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, to 14 organizations that are working on the ground to help those most in need.

19 Dec 2011 description

A delegation from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) paid a visit to the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah. The delegation was led by the Assistant Director of the UNHCR’s regional office in Riyadh for the Gulf States, Dr. Hamdi Bukhari, along with the official in charge of refugees’ affairs in Somalia and Kenya, Mr. Bruno Gido. Talks between the delegation and officials from the OIC General Secretariat’s Humanitarian Affairs Department centered on ways to consolidate the OIC-UNHCR Cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. Mr.

19 Dec 2011 description
report Oxfam

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Kristalina Georgieva endorsed today a Charter, launched by leading agencies, to make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past. The first leader to sign this charter was Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and later other leaders including UK Development Minister Andrew Mitchell endorsed it.

17 Dec 2011 description


  • On December 13, the U.N. launched the 2012 Somalia Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP), which requests $1.5 billion—a 50 percent increase from the 2011 CAP request—to address the emergency needs of 4 million people. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden noted that access to affected populations remains the biggest challenge to delivering assistance and called upon all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian principles, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

16 Dec 2011 description

The Horn of Africa crisis continues to affect 13.3 million people, including 3 million people in southern Somalia. In Djibouti, the population is facing the country’s sixth consecutive failed rainy season

16 Dec 2011 description


· Heavy rains have subsided this week in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, but humanitarian operations continue to be impeded by the damage to infrastructure caused by the heavy rains in previous weeks, as well as persistent insecurity.

· The World Health Organization has issued an alert over an increased risk of water-borne diseases following the recent heavy rains and flooding in the region.

16 Dec 2011 description
report American Red Cross

Friday, December 16, 2011 — Since 2009, massive, widespread drought has plagued the Horn of Africa region, bringing intense suffering to areas of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Djibouti and affecting more than 13 million people. Although seasonal rains have returned to the region, flooding and security issues hamper humanitarian operations in the region.

15 Dec 2011 description

When famine was declared in Somalia in July, the world turned its attention to the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Since then, public and media attention has waned, despite the fact that the crisis is far from over. Food production in Somalia will not return to normal levels until the end of 2012 at the earliest. Rising insecurity inside Somalia and Kenya is impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid while greater numbers of Somalis are forced to flee violence and hunger.