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30 Aug 2011 description
report Protection Cluster

The protection aspects of the Horn of Africa crisis, including Gender-based Violence (GBV), are acute and life-threatening. While actions have been taken to address GBV risks and support survivors, there is an urgent need to scale up existing actions, further reduce risk, and address gaps in information and programming which remain. Recent protection assessments in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia all show that alarming numbers of women and children among the affected populations are experiencing sexual violence and face severe threats of violence en route to and around temporary settlements.

30 Aug 2011 description
report Protection Cluster

Many of the six million girls and boys affected by the current crisis across the Horn of Africa face serious and evolving threats to their safety and well being.

Humanitarian agencies have expertise in providing child protection responses to address these life-threatening concerns, but funding for child protection across the region is critically insufficient accounting for the lowest among all other sectors of the response.

The enormity of current threats to girls and boys

30 Aug 2011 description
report Protection Cluster

The drought in the Horn of Africa, together with the conflict in Somalia, is causing critical protection risks with some 12.4 million people affected in the region. Before the onset of the drought Somalis were facing serious threats to their physical safety as a result of decades of conflict. Today, as the impact of the drought intensifies, women and children in the sub-region become even more vulnerable to physical threats and attack as they search for food, water and access to medical care. Straining to find the basic necessities of life, families risk separation.