Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
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Most read reports
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- WFP Ethiopia: Food and Nutrition Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in East and West Hararghe zones - September 2018
The Somalia crisis remains one of the largest and most complex in the world. Moreover, a shortfall in funding jeopardizes efforts to build Somalis‟ resilience to shocks.
Conseil de sécurité
Point 64 b) de l’ordre du jour provisoire**
Nouveau Partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique : progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre et appui international : les causes des conflits et la promotion d’une paix et d’un développement durables en Afrique
Somalia: Warring Parties Put Children at Grave Risk
Al-Shabaab Rebels Impose Forced Marriages, use Students as ‘Human Shields’
(London, February 21, 2012) – Somalia’s warring parties have all failed to protect Somali children from the fighting or serving in their forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab has increasingly targeted children for recruitment, forced marriage, and rape, and attacked teachers and schools, Human Rights Watch said.
Crisis at a Glance:
Somalia has had one of the longest humanitarian crises in the world, with over two decades of conflict and insecurity. It is a highly politicised, complex crisis that brings together extreme vulnerability, a weak and fragile state, complex internal and regional power struggles and the dynamics of the War on Terror.
There are nearly 1.5 million Somali IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and almost 800,000 refugees, mainly in camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.
In advance of the 18th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) focusing on “Boosting Intra Africa Trade” Amnesty International calls on leaders in Africa to put the respect for human rights and the protection of civilians at the forefront of its efforts to address peace and security challenges in Somalia.
Thousands of people are still living in appalling conditions in the Horn of Africa – in squalid accommodation, without clean drinking water and without access to schooling. Manuel Bessler, the delegate of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, visited Somalia and Kenya in January 2012 to see the situation for himself. What he saw there confirmed him in his conviction that the Horn of Africa must remain a focus of Switzerland’s humanitarian aid.
In the last six months CARE has reached over 1.8 million affected people throughout the region /Long-term recovery efforts aim at building resilience to food insecurity
On July 20th, 2011, the United Nations declared a state of famine in two areas of southern Somalia: the Bakool agropastoral livelihood zones and all areas of Lower Shabelle. Subsequently, four more Somali areas have been declared as a famine. At that point, the whole region of the Horn of Africa was suffering from the worst drought in more than 60 years, affecting Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.
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.
CARE Australia’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal has raised almost $3.2 million for drought stricken communities in East Africa.
Launched on 14 July 2011, the appeal has received thousands of donations from generous Australians and support from the Australian Government’s aid program, helping CARE to provide emergency assistance including life-saving food and water to around 1.8 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti.
This report is produced by OCHA Somalia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 21 to 27 September 2011. The next report will be issued on 4 October 2011.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· Food assistance partners are estimated to have reached about 1.85 million people in crisis by the third week of September, representing nearly half of the food insecure population.
You have seen the devastating photographs in the news: East Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought in over 60 years, causing famine conditions in parts of Somalia and a growing refugee crisis. At least 12 million people in Somalia and neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti are suffering from acute food shortages and malnutrition. Tens of thousands have already died.
The root causes of the crisis are complex, but right now our focus must be on getting help to those who need it most.
This report is produced by OCHA Somalia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 15 to 20 September 2011. The next report will be issued on 27 September 2011.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
Partners are scaling up response activities in order to reach the worst-affected population to avert further unnecessary deaths. Food assistance partners have reached 1.39 million people in crisis so far in the first two weeks of September, compared to 1.3 million throughout the month of August.
SPECIAL FOCUS ON CHILD PROTECTION
Impact on Children and their Families
While much attention has been focused on the child protection concerns faced by Somali refugee women and children, it is important to recognise that these children also experience protection violations while in their communities of origin in Somalia and en route from Somalia to the refugee camps. Children in the drought-affected areas of Ethiopia and Kenya face similar challenges.
This report is produced by OCHA Eastern Africa in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 9 to 15 September. The next report will be issued on 22 September.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
The number of beneficiaries reached in southern Somalia has increased in the last two months.
The number of arrivals to the Dollo Ado refugee camps is slowing down, but mortality and malnutrition rates amongst the arrival population remain alarming.
This report is produced by OCHA Somalia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 24 to 30 August 2011. The next report will be issued on 6 September 2011.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· Internal displacement in Somalia is decreasing: the number of people moving to Mogadishu decreased from 28,000 in July to just over 5,000 in August to date.
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.
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.
Following are Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s remarks to the African Union Pledging Conference in Addis Ababa, today, 25 August:
Malnutrition early in a child’s life can have a lasting impact on health and development