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31 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

Djibouti is a relatively stable country in the East and Horn of Africa, where it plays a pivotal role in the search for a peaceful settlement of the Somalia crisis. The country is the hub for naval forces combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It is host to more than 14,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, and is also a transit point for mixed migratory flows towards the Middle East and beyond.

30 Dec 2011 description

Working environment

The context

06 Dec 2011 description
  1. Executive Summary

Djibouti has now faced six consecutive years of drought and serious rainfall deficit. Although rainfall fluctuations and drought are intrinsic features of the country’s semi-arid climate, the current drought far exceeds normal variation. Since 2007, rainfall has been less than 75% of average, and this has had a direct and life-threatening impact upon the most vulnerable people of Djibouti, particularly pastoralists and rural dwellers.

16 Nov 2011 description
report IRIN

OBOCK, 16 novembre 2011 (IRIN) - Des centaines de migrants suivent la route qui relie la capitale de Djibouti, Djibouti-Ville, à la ville côtière d'Obock : ils n'emportent guère plus qu'une bouteille d'eau et l'espoir de parvenir à une meilleure vie. Ils traversent une contrée aride parsemée de roches volcaniques qui abrite bien peu de vie ; à peine y rencontre t-on de temps à autre un éleveur et ses chèvres. Les températures tournent autour de 34 degrés centigrades en hiver et peuvent atteindre 52 degrés en été.

15 Nov 2011 description

A consultative meeting was convened in Djibouti between IGAD and its partners for a discussion on ending the drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa.

“The frequency for the droughts in our region has increased in the past years. There are no more questions if there will be a drought this year or next year; it is expected,” said Eng. Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD.

The Executive Secretary emphasized the need for building the capacity of IGAD Member States to mitigate the impact of the drought by implementing short and long term plans.

15 Nov 2011 description
report IRIN

OBOCK, 15 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of migrants traverse the road between Djibouti’s capital, Djiboutiville, and the coastal town of Obock carrying little more than a bottle of water and the hope that they are heading towards a better life. They pass through an arid landscape strewn with volcanic rock that sustains little life besides the occasional pastoralist and his goats. Temperatures average around 34 degrees Celsius in winter and in summer can reach 52 degrees.

07 Nov 2011 description

Posted on Tuesday, 08-11-2011

Djibouti - L'OIM participe à une réunion de trois jours organisée par le HCR et le gouvernement de Djibouti sur la manière de satisfaire au mieux les besoins des migrants, des demandeurs d'asile et des réfugiés qui se trouvent dans des situations de détresse en mer.

La réunion, qui s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Djibouti, rassemble des représentants du gouvernement et des universitaires aux côtés d'experts du HCR, de l'OIM, de l'Organisation maritime internationale, du CICR et de la FICR.

31 Oct 2011 description

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs often represent vital components of the response by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. As a result, WASH interventions include latrine construction, provision of safe drinking water, and hygiene promotion—commonly focused upon improved hand-washing, water collection and storage, and sanitation practices.

27 Oct 2011 description

Regional food security situation and outlook

Fighting disrupts major cropping season in Sudan

Food availability in the two states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan is forecasted to be significantly reduced with disruptions to the major cropping season, following renewed fighting between government troops and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

05 Oct 2011 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • La Institución refuerza sus delegaciones en Djibuti y Etiopía y envía nuevos delegados de emergencia.
04 Oct 2011 description

Early season rainfall deficits in parts of Sudan and Ethiopia; new forecasts for October to March rainfall in East Africa

The period from June to October is the main rainy season in the northern sector of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) including Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, northern and northwestern parts of Ethiopia, and most parts of Djibouti (Figure 1).

01 Oct 2011 description

Key messages

  • Pastoralists in the northwest and southeast border pastoral zones currently face significant survival and livelihood protection deficits due to severe rainfall deficits over the last two years and high staple food prices. According to a seasonal assessment conducted by FEWS NET in early October 2011, the northwest and southeast pastoral zones face survival deficits of 36 and 50 percent, respectively, without accounting for current food aid distributions.

14 Sep 2011 description
  • Acción contra el Hambre continúa respondiendo a la crisis en el cuerno de África. La semana próxima hará llegar tres cargamentos más de material
  • 36 toneladas han sido destinadas al apoyo de refugiados somalíes y siete a Yibuti

Madrid, 14 de septiembre de 2011

05 Sep 2011 description

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

26 Aug 2011 description

On 26 August 2011, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, presented USD 50,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) through Mr. Kenro Oshidari, Regional Director of WFP Thailand, to assist countries in the Horn of Africa, which have been imperiled by famine.

25 Aug 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Najwa Mekki

DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, 24 August 2011 – In what looks like a rubbish dump off of the main road southwest of the capital city Djibouti, a few hundred families have set-up makeshift tukuls and call them home. They have no water, no toilets, no electricity, and barely any hope.

The place is called Bouldougo – the Somali word meaning ‘knocked out’. Some have been here for years, others just arrived. Some have fled drought, others conflict. They come from Ethiopia, Somalia and interior regions of Djibouti.

Poverty, hardship and struggle

25 Aug 2011 description

Brussels, 25 August 2011 - To act fast, to give generously and to work together are the essential conditions for containing the famine, refugee and drought crises in the Horn of Africa. But African countries must also take long-term measures, with the support of the international community, to ensure that drought does not equal famine again.

25 Aug 2011 description

Predictable, sustained support for rural economies and livelihoods needed to avoid future crises

25 August, Rome - As world governments met today in Ethiopia for an international pledging conference aimed at winning more aid for the Horn of Africa, FAO has warned that efforts to keep farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded.