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12 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

Activists welcome initial approval of law designed to curb rising sexual violence, but warn scope and implementation could prove problematic.

Somaliland has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state.

Read more on The Guardian.

12 Jan 2018 description

- A total of 90 new cases including 1 death of AWD were reported in week 1 compared to 53 cases in week 52 in two Region.
- In Hiraan, new AWD/Cholera cases were reported in Beletweyne while in Banadir new AWD/Cholera cases were reported in Daynile district.
- A cumulative total of 90 cases and 1 death have been reported in 8 districts of 2 regions of South central since January 2018.

11 Jan 2018 description

The Deyr rains (October- December) were below average, impacting negatively on crop production and pasture conditions across the country. Food security needs are nearly double the five-year average. More than two million people, including over one million in 2017, are displaced and constitute one-third of the 6.2 million people in need of assistance. Life-saving assistance alongside livelihood support is required to address the humanitarian needs.

11 Jan 2018 description

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland.

“Our position is to try and reduce tensions (and) to increase dialogue very quickly between both sides, so that if there are misunderstandings, these are clarified,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, while in Hargeisa, the capital of ‘Somaliland.’

11 Jan 2018 description


Over 3.7 million refugees in Turkey (official estimate - Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Interior)

European Commission humanitarian funding for Turkey under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey:

€1.4 billion from 2016 to 2017

Total aid under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €3 billion from 2016 to 2017


11 Jan 2018 description

Between 1 January and 31 December 2017, 15,779 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 13% of all sea arrivals in this period. Similarly, 14 per cent of those arriving in the same period last year were UASC. The numbers of UASC arriving by sea, however, have decreased compared to last year, when over 25,846 UASC were registered at landing points.

11 Jan 2018 description

In this issue
On the Agenda
The 30th AU summit will be an opportunity to start implementing AU reforms.

Ten new members of the PSC will be elected at the summit.

Clarifying the relationship between the AU and RECs is on the reform agenda.

Situation Analysis
Parliamentary elections are on the cards for Guinea- Bissau in 2018.

Addis Insight
An analysis of the work of the PSC this year shows fewer meetings were held on crisis situations.

11 Jan 2018 description


  • This week there were 374 new arrivals and only 21 exits at the Baidoa checkpoints. This represents the fourth week in a row that the number of exits has remained below 100. In general, since midNovember all movements in and out Baidoa IDP sites have remained relatively low compared with previous months.

  • All of the new entries cited either insecurity (83%), lack of food (15%) or health (2%) as their reasons for entry.

11 Jan 2018 description


Main achievements during the month of December

Number of returnees1 1,596 Somalis returned to Somalia
Core relief items 510 CRI kits to 314 returnee households (1,055 persons)
Reinstallation grants 1,267 refugee returnees provided with reinstallation grants
Shelters 50 shelters and 33 latrines constructed
Community-based projects 1,976 beneficiaries of community-based projects

Updates on achievements

UNCHR will continue investing in housing, education and livelihoods

11 Jan 2018 description

MOGADISHU, 11 January 2018 - The recent unannounced destruction of several informal settlements on the outskirts of Mogadishu, together with the forced evictions of thousands of families living there, are having devastating effects on children, UNICEF and Save the Children said today.

11 Jan 2018 description

Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Ava causes flooding in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been belowaverage in South Africa.
    The early season abnormal dryness has expanded into several parts of southern and western Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, and southern Zambia, where rainfall is forecast to be low during the middle of January.

10 Jan 2018 description

10,776 refugees & asylum-seekers from Yemen

34,990 refugee returnees from Yemen (2014 - 2017)

10 Jan 2018 description
report World Vision

• Spokespeople available

World Vision has denounced an armed offensive against internally displaced people that has evicted thousands on the outskirts of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Aid workers and witnesses reportedly saw armed forces using bulldozers and large vehicles to destroy shelters, schools and other assets at the end of last month. Most demolished properties housed families who have fled fighting and drought in parts of the country.

10 Jan 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Over the past year, drought, famine, ongoing conflict and food insecurity have continued to devastate the lives of families across East Africa.

Across South Sudan and Somalia, an estimated 11.2 million people are facing critical levels of food scarcity. With chronic water shortages, livestock and crops are failing. Food prices are rising and with a lack of safe water, communities are also vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as cholera, diphtheria and diarrhoea.

10 Jan 2018 description
report Oxfam
  • 22.9M People affected by drought in the region

  • 15M Food insecure people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia

  • 1.8 M People displaced in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia by drought conditions

  • $1.5 billion Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

Context Highlights

10 Jan 2018 description

October to December 2017 Deyr rainfall below average in most regions of Somalia

09 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu, January 9th, 2018

The Somalia NGO Consortium strongly condemns the recent forced evictions and large-scale destruction of settlements for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) that took place on December 29th and 30th 2017. Over 21 IDP settlements, housing over 5807 households, in Km13 on the outskirts of Mogadishu were destroyed.