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31 Dec 2010 description

The guidelines presented in this document represent a common cluster approach towards livestock related activities in Somalia, based on best practice, cultural, social and environmental acceptability. The guidelines in no way detract fro m the participation of disaster-affected communities in t he assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation o f assistance programs. These guidelines are also intended to provide strong justification for recommending certain livelihood protection and structural agricultural interventions for emergency response.

31 Dec 2010 description

Burundi

MAG Burundi started in 2007 with a programme to support the Government of Burundi in reducing the threat of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and unsecured stockpiles.

31 Dec 2010 description

This section summarizes FEWS NET's most forward-looking analysis of projected external emergency food assistance needs, six months from now, in countries where FEWS NET has a staff presence. Overall needs at a national level are compared to typical needs at this time of year during the last five years and categorized as Above-average, Average, and Below-average/No need. A star (*) indicates new information this month. Projected lean season months that are highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

31 Dec 2010 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- In 2010, a total of 7,634 weapon-related injuries were reported from three hospitals in Mogadishu.

- Of 2,522 cases of suspected malaria in December (in Banadir, Lower and Middle Shabelle, Bay, and Hiraan regions), 56% (1,412) were confirmed by either laboratory or rapid diagnostic tests (RDT).

- This month, 2 out of 18 samples for whooping cough in Lower Shabelle tested positive.

31 Dec 2010 description

Key Messages

Still high wheat prices limit food access of poor people.

Insecurity and attacks against the government continue; IDPs and refugees who face high levels of food insecurity need emergency food assistance.

An estimated 2.7 million people are severely food insecure, but good prospects of increased cereal production and WFP food distribution can reduce food insecurity levels.

Humanitarian assistance is extensively hampered by low funding.

31 Dec 2010 description

Impending Drought Situation

The harsh dry season continues to affected many parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland. According to media reports, the impending drought situation has already had severe impact on the lives of people and livestock, particularly in Hobyo District, Mudug Region.

According to field reports, humanitarian conditions in Bay, Bakool and Gedo regions also continue to deteriorate and predictions are that the situation will worsen without humanitarian interventions.

31 Dec 2010 description
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Overall, the food security situation in the region is still slightly improving, confirming the trend registered over the past 3-4 months. Those improvements follow the above-normal to normal harvests from the past long rains season and good rangeland conditions.

30 Dec 2010 description

MAIN ISSUES DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

The security situation throughout Somalia remained tense during the reporting period. Sporadic fighting between TFG/AMISOM and Al Shabaab forces continued in Mogadishu. At least 15 civilians were killed and roughly 100 others were wounded in the last week of December alone.

Approximately 21,400 people were displaced in December throughout Somalia. An estimated 8,200 people were displaced due to insecurity in Mogadishu, roughly 4,800 were reported to have fled Mogadishu and 3,400 to have moved to areas within the city.

30 Dec 2010 description

Dear Friends,

My warmest New Year greetings to all of you. At the very outset, I must say that the last few months have been turbulent and trying ones, regrettably leaving little time to pursue my regular correspondence with my Diaspora friends. After a period of animated suspence, I am truly pleased to be writing this letter now with the recent political crisis behind us, and focusing on the tasks ahead, challenging though they may be.

30 Dec 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Mike Pflanz

HARGEISA, Somalia, 30 December 2010 - Salman Haji, 4, stands in the corner of a tin-walled hut, solemnly staring at the man in the white coat as he searches through an impressive amount of official looking paper spread across a large table in a seemingly random fashion.

29 Dec 2010 description

For the second night in a row there was intense fighting in Mogadishu said local media, noting that the African Union (AMISOM) backed government troops engaged insurgents between Tuesday and Wednesday. The fighting mostly affected the areas of Abdul Azeez, Bondher, Hodan and Howlwadag in northern and southern Mogadishu. The local media reports that at least three civilians were killed, while the Somali government claims to have killed 18 Shabab insurgents.

29 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

MUKALLA, 29 December 2010 (IRIN) - Salem Khames Balghay, 53, says his son and brother, who are fishermen like him, have been held by Somali pirates since October. "In mid-October, we lost contact with them," he said.

The family is from the coastal town of Kusair, about 80km east of the southern city of Mukalla. Three other fishermen went missing at the same time.

Two weeks ago, Salem got a phone call from his brother.

29 Dec 2010 description

Monthly Highlights - December 2010

Up to 2 million people in Somalia, 1.46 million of whom are displaced, are in need of humanitarian assistance. South Central Somalia is the area most affected by conflict and the resultant displacements of population, disruptions of services and restrictions on movement. Combined with the absence of safe drinking water and sanitation and the low level of immunization coverage, these factors represent major threats to health.

28 Dec 2010 description

At least five people were killed and ten injured in a series of attacks by insurgents against bases set up by the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) in Mogadishu. According to local sources, last night's attacks were the most "violent" in days and the tolls are still preliminary. The heavy fighting continued into the night, keeping the population awake and "colouring the sky red", as a witness told the Somali Radio Shabelle. The northern areas of Mogadishu, particularly the Hotel Jubba and Bondhere neighbourhood, were theatre to the heaviest fighting.

27 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 27 December 2010 (IRIN) - Few countries generate such a volume and breadth of coverage by IRIN as Somalia. Here are some of the year's highlights, including stories that give a voice to individuals caught up in the conflict between government forces and Islamist insurgents - and to those working selflessly to make life better for others - as well as explorations of how the crisis in Somalia spills over its borders.

These articles explain:

- How ambulance crews [

27 Dec 2010 description
  • Hizbul Islam leader welcomes merger with al Shabaab

    * Urges Islamists to "double" jihad

    MOGADISHU, Dec 27 (Reuters) - The leader of Somali rebel group Hizbul Islam said on Monday he backed the decision to join up with al Qaeda-linked insurgents al Shabaab in their bid to topple the Horn of Africa country's besieged government.

    Hasan Dahir Aweys, who had previously criticised al Shabaab for supporting Osama bin Laden, welcomed publicly for the first time the merger of the two rivals.

    "I am very happy with the unification of Somalia's Islamists," …

24 Dec 2010 description
report UN Radio

Listen to the News

You're listening to United Nations Radio, I'm Daniel Dickinson.

In this special programme, we're taking a look back at 2010, a year when a huge earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti, when millions of people across the world tried to break out of poverty and when the UN mobilized relief and was called on to provide long-term solutions for the planet - for peace, nuclear disarmament, climate change.

The year began in a dramatic and shocking way.

24 Dec 2010 description

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - The Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), Amb. Ramtane Lamamra, and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Ethiopia, GU Xiaojie have signed an Agreement on the provision of aid to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Friday.

In a press statement AU sent ENA on Friday the grant amounts four million dollars will be used to supply equipment and materials for AMISOM.

The agreement comes in the wake of the adoption by the United Nations Security Council, on 22 December 2010, of resolution 1964(2010), …