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31 Dec 2007 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Since June 2000, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has supported the Nutrition Surveillance component of the FSAU to provide comprehensive understanding of the impact of the food security situation on nutritional status of the population of the country. FSAU has been conducting nutrition assessments in Somalia for the last seven years. During this time consistently high levels of acute malnutrition and under 5 mortality rates (U5MR) have been reported in many parts of South and Central Somalia.

31 Dec 2007 description

INTRODUCTION

From Afghanistan to Sudan, WFP is on the frontline of crises across the globe.

31 Dec 2007 description

MOGADISHU, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Conflict in Somalia killed 6,501 civilians in the capital Mogadishu in 2007 and wounded 8,516 more, a local human rights group said on Monday.

The Elman Peace and Human Rights Organisation said it had recorded 1.5 million people uprooted from homes in the city during a year that began with the toppling of an Islamist movement, spawning an insurgency.

The group's chairman, Sudan Ali Ahmed, blamed Ethiopian forces supporting the interim Somali government for many of the civilian deaths.

31 Dec 2007 description

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By: Raeed Tayeh

The latest reports from different countries for 2007.

ETHIOPIA

In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, 232 families with orphaned children were provided food baskets, just in time for Eid-ul-Fitr. This project was completed in cooperation with American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA).

PALESTINE

In the Gaza Strip, where things continue to go from bad to worse in one of the world's most densely populated areas, LIFE was able to provide food baskets to 500 families.

31 Dec 2007 description

By: Raeed Tayeh

For the past two decades Somalia has been devastated by civil war, foreign invasion, and natural disasters. This country of 8.2 million people has been without a functioning government for the past 16 years. During this period, hunger and violence has forced approximately 464,000 into refugee camps in neighboring countries.

Additionally, upwards of 1,000,000 Somalis have become internally displaced persons (IDPs), i.e. they fled their homes to live in other parts of Somalia.

31 Dec 2007 description

Mogadishu_(dpa) _ Vicious fighting rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu late Sunday as mortar shells pounded houses, killing at least 12 people in some of the worst clashes in a month, residents and officials said Monday.

Violence flared in south and north Mogadishu between Ethiopian-backed government troops and militias, one year since Addis Ababa sent fighter jets and tanks to oust a popular Islamist group that controlled the Somali capital, setting off a brutal insurgency.

"I was at the market and when I came back I saw this catastrophe.

31 Dec 2007 description

General Overview

FSAU and partners conducted five nutrition surveys(1) in South Central Somalia in the last two weeks of November 2007. Results indicate sustained Critical levels of acute malnutrition in most areas, without any significant change from previous surveys conducted in the same areas. Quality checks using Nutrisurvey indicated the findings of all surveys were of an appropriate standard to publish.

31 Dec 2007 description

Pledges and contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a new contribution (as of 30 November) made by Chile ($30,000). Meanwhile, Italy pledged an additional $1,393,592 for 2007. OCHA encourages all Member States to turn their pledges into contributions as soon as possible.

Training workshops

During 2007, the CERF Secretariat organized several training workshops in Bangkok, Dakar, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Panama City, and Rome to improve the use of the Fund.

31 Dec 2007 description
1 September - 31 December 2007

The Regional Humanitarian Funding Update provides a quarterly overview of funding levels and trends in the countries of the Central and East African region (CEA) based on data reported to the Financial Tracking System (FTS)

The CEA region faces the greatest level of humanitarian need anywhere in the world.

31 Dec 2007 description

WHO/CDS/NTD/DCE/2007.1

INTRODUCTION

Recurrent drought following several poor rainy seasons has led to food insecurity and widespread malnutrition in the countries of the Horn of Africa region (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan). The public health and food security situation is poor. Poor nutrition, a rising number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and increasing incidence of other infectious diseases all contribute to high levels of morbidity and mortality in the subregion.

31 Dec 2007 description

Highlights

Somalia - Displacement continues amid ongoing hostilities

Intensified fighting broke out in Mogadishu on October 27th, aggravating an already precarious humanitarian situation.

31 Dec 2007 description
report UN Security Council

I am writing with reference to the letter from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General dated 31 May 2006 (S/2006/354), in which the Security Council informed your predecessor about the establishment of an ad hoc committee on mandate review to conduct the review of Security Council mandates called for by the Heads of State and Government in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document (A/60/1) and to continue consideration of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General entitled "Mandating and delivering: analysis and recommendations …

31 Dec 2007 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Since June 2000, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has supported the Nutrition Surveillance component of the FSAU to provide comprehensive understanding of the impact of the food security situation on nutritional status of the population of the country. FSAU has been conducting nutrition assessments in Somalia for the last seven years. During this time consistently high levels of acute malnutrition and under 5 mortality rates (U5MR) have been reported in many parts of South and Central Somalia.

31 Dec 2007 description

POLICY AND COORDINATION

Highlights

• UNMAS celebrated its 10th anniversary.

• The General Assembly reaffirmed UNMAS’ role as the focal point for mine action within the UN system.

• The UN Mine Action Team supported efforts by Member States to develop a legally binding instrument that addresses the impact of cluster munitions.

• The Secretary-General reported on progress and challenges in mine action in over 40 reports to the Security Council on a wide range of country situations and thematic issues.

30 Dec 2007 description

MOGADISHU, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A mortar strike in Somalia killed eight members of a family at a refugee camp on Sunday in the latest bloodshed of fighting between Islamist-led rebels and country's interim government, witnesses said.

"My wife, five children and two of my relatives were killed by the blast," said Madey Sufi Moalim, who was buying supplies when the shell landed on the camp north of Mogadishu.

"They were cut to pieces. My wife was pregnant and my children were aged two to eight.

30 Dec 2007 description

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is urgently appealing for your support to fund life-saving food aid to thousands of Somali children and their families left homeless by renewed fighting in the capital Mogadishu.

30 Dec 2007 description

By Abdiqani Hassan

BOSASSO, Somalia, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A gang in Somalia has demanded a ransom for two foreign aid workers who were kidnapped this week, the president of Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region said on Sunday.

Addi Muse said he had assurances the foreigners were safe, but would not give in to the demand for money.

Gunmen snatched Spanish doctor Mercedes Garcia and Argentine nurse Pilar Bouza, who work for the medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), on Wednesday as they made their way to a local hospital.

"We have communicated with the …

28 Dec 2007 description

More than 48 hours after their abduction, Mercedes Garcia and Pilar Bauza continue in captivity.

MSF and MSF Podcasts: Bossaso,Somalia/Barcelona - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) demands that an MSF medical vehicle have access to the area where the two workers are detained to assess their health status.

27 Dec 2007 description

"Our priority now is that our two colleagues are released without harm."

MSF and MSF Podcasts: Bossaso/Somalia & Barcelona - After confirming that two staff members have been taken by force in the morning of December 26 in Bossaso, Somalia, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has urgently called for the immediate and safe release of its two colleagues.

They are Mercedes García, a Spanish doctor, and Pilar Bauza, an Argentinean nurse.