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12 Jun 2014 description

(Genève, le 12 Juin 2014): L'ONU et ses partenaires ont lancé un plan stratégique d'intervention humanitaire d’une durée de deux ans pour répondre aux besoins de 250 000 personnes à Djibouti et les aider à se remettre sur pieds. Parmi la population ciblée, 162 500 sont des ressortissants de Djibouti, 27 500 sont des réfugiés et 60 000 sont des migrants principalement originaires de Somalie et d'Ethiopie.

12 Jun 2014 description

(Geneva, 12 June 2014): The UN and partners have launched a two-year humanitarian Strategic Response Plan to respond to the needs of 250,000 people in Djibouti to help them get back on their feet. Of the targeted population, 162,500 are Djibouti nationals, 27,500 are refugees and 60,000 are migrants mainly from Somalia and Ethiopia.

11 May 2012 description


• Major food security assessment launched by WFP in Djibouti

• Relief food needs to increase significantly in parts of Ethiopia

• Over 100,000 now affected by floods in Kenya

• Over 7,000 Congolese seek refuge in Rwanda

• Rains in Somalia now expected to be 60-85 per cent of average

16 Apr 2012 description

Expert forecasts warn that rainfall in the Horn of Africa throughout the March to May growing season is likely to be lower than average. The UN and humanitarian partners are now urging early action to prevent food insecurity from worsening across the region, with an emphasis on building resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

Read the full story on OCHA's website

20 Mar 2012 description


Weather analysts warn of potential rain shortfalls in coming months, urging early action to prevent worsening of food insecurity.

Regional Overview

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 Oct 2009 description


- El Niño floods could aggravate drought, food and livelihood crisis in Africa's Horn

- Vulnerable populations risk further asset losses, displacement and epidemics

- Conflict displaced Somalis face increased risks

- Regional food insecurity to extend into 2010

With El Niño looming, Countries prepare for Floods and Landslides

The Horn of Africa, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in a decade and ongoing conflicts , is facing a new challenge: floods.

16 Oct 2009 description

(Nairobi/New York 16 October 2009) - Vulnerable communities in the Horn of Africa, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in a decade, are bracing for yet another potential huge challenge in coming months: floods triggered by the climatic phenomenon El Niño and associated mudslides, crop destruction, water-borne diseases and disrupted road networks.

10 Jun 2009 description

Almost 20 Million People still in Need of Emergency Aid in Africa's Horn

Food Security Concern deepens: Erratic Rains , Insecurity, Displacement, 'sticky' high Prices and Funding Shortfalls

The overall food security situation in the Horn of Africa for the first half of 2009 has remained alarming and prospects for the second half of the year are grim. An estimated 19.8 million people, including 4 million children under the age of 5, are in need of emergency assistance.

06 Feb 2009 description


Many parts of the Horn of Africa (HOA) continue to suffer under a precarious security situation coupled with susceptibility to harsh climatic conditions. Sporadic violence and prolonged drought conditions continue to strain the coping mechanisms of millions of people in the regio. An estimated 19.8 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the HOA. The humanitarian situation remains critical in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

30 Sep 2008 description

Main Developments

- The security situation in Mogadishu continued to deteriorate during the month of September. In the four-day period between 21-24 September, an estimated 16,000 people were displaced, more than 80 civilians were killed and at least 110 wounded following fierce fighting in the city. Despite the security situation, aid organisations were scaling-up their response efforts for the newly displaced.

- Canada extended its naval escorts for WFP food shipments, set to end on 27 September, until 23 October.

19 Sep 2008 description

Overview & Resource Gaps

The Horn of Africa is facing a humanitarian emergency, with as many as 17 million people requiring urgent emergency assistance over the coming months.1 A crippling drought, combined with soaring food prices, threatens the lives, health and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people in rural and urban areas, many of whom already live on the margins of survival due to chronic poverty, displacement exacerbated in some places by conflict.

The recurrence of drought in Africa's Horn has progressively eroded livelihoods and community coping …

03 Jul 2008 description


This paper highlights the major humanitarian trends and requirements for the Horn of Africa with a special focus on drought response and food crisis, for the period June to November 2008. Existing documents and reports from various organizations and working groups are summarized-in particular those from the regional Interagency working group on Food Security and Nutrition/FSNWG, FEWSNET, FSAU/Somalia.

02 Apr 2007 description

783 deaths confirmed in CEA region:

Meningitis Epidemic Hits Central and East Africa

The Meningitis epidemic that began earlier this year in West Africa is now taking its toll in the Central and East Africa region (excl.