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28 Apr 1997 description
report European Union

ip/97/358
Brussels, 28 April 1997

The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth ECU 3.7 million for victims of conflict in
Somalia. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable Red Cross and

25 Apr 1997 description

The final days of Somalia's Jilaal (long dry season), which usually ends in April, are particularly difficult for herders and their animals. This year's Jilaal has been unusually harsh due to the very poor Deyr (secondary rainy season) that preceded it. Signs of stress are evident across the country and are especially severe in the central rangelands.
Watering places and pastures are few and far in between, requiring herders to move their animals over great distances to

25 Apr 1997 description

Ghion Hagos, PANA Correspondent
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Organization of African Unity is to give a grant of 430,000 U.S dollars to back the Somali national reconciliation agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement was signed by 26 Somalian faction leaders at Sodere, an Ethiopian resort centre, in December 1996.

22 Apr 1997 description

UNHCR's pilot repatriation from eastern Ethiopia to northwest Somalia will finally resume on 29 April. It was due to resume on Monday 21 April but it did not start because of "administrative matters".

19 Apr 1997 description
report Oxfam

John Barraclough talks to Bill Morton, Community Aid Abroad Program Officer for Somalia, and finds that lack of a Government doesn't necessarily mean anarchy and chaos. Perhaps no other country has been so publicly abandoned to its fate as Somalia. In 1995 the United Nations intervention force, led originally by gung-ho United States troops, left in humiliation after its failure to stop the civil war. The message was clear: Somalia is a basket case, beyond understanding and beyond hope. The United Nations washed its hands and sailed way, and hasn't offered much help since.

15 Apr 1997 description

Outbreaks of acute diarrhoea and cholera have continued to occur in various parts of the country since late 1996. Cholera has been confirmed and continues to be reported in Mogadishu and Merca and new outbreaks were reported in Lower Shabelle region. The total number of cholera cases (including suspect cases) reported since the first case on 30 November 1996 is 1535 with 47 deaths.

11 Apr 1997 description

The Commission on Human Rights,
Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights
instruments,

Recalling its resolution 1996/57 of 19 April 1996, in which it invited the independent expert to study ways and means of how

11 Apr 1997 description

(Excerpt)
AFTERNOON

HR/CN/97/45

Measure Passed Condemning Terrorism; Others Texts Focus on Indigenous Peoples, Torture, Violence Against Women

03 Apr 1997 description

An outbreak of cholera in the southern Somali town of Wanlaweyn resulted in more than 430 deaths between 15 February and 17 March, according to ICRC medical staff. To date, almost 2,000 cases of the disease have been reported in the area, about 90 km west of the capital Mogadishu. Samples tested in Nairobi have confirmed the presence of cholera.

18 Mar 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=3/18/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-211639
TITLE=U-N / SOMALIA (L ONLY)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS ROBERTS
DATELINE=GENEVA
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: A WORSENING DROUGHT IN THE HORN OF AFRICA IS PROMPTING CONCERN AMONG U-N AND RELIEF AGENCY OFFICIALS. V-O-A CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS REPORTS SOME ISOLATED CASES OF

13 Mar 1997 description
report CARE
Population: 9.5 Million
Urban Population: 25%
Major Ethnic and Linguistic Groups: Somali, mainly Hamitic and Bantu
Languages: Somali and Arabic (both official)
Religions: Sunni Islam (99%)
Population Annual Growth Rate: 2.6%
Life Expectancy (at birth): 47 Years
Infant Mortality (under one): 119 per 1,000 live births
05 Mar 1997 description

10:10 a.m. EST

NAIROBI, March 5 (Reuter) - Aid agencies said on Wednesday Somalia's faction leaders are primarily responsible for fighting the drought there and should improve security to allow foreign aid workers to operate.

Answering a flood of recent appeals from faction leaders for international aid to drought-stricken Somalia, the Somali Aid Coordination Body (SACB) said Somalis were not doing enough themselves.

04 Mar 1997 description

HARGEISA, Somalia (Mar 4, 1997 09:31 a.m. EST) - The self-declared republic of Somaliland says aid agencies have three weeks to recognise it as an independent state or stop work and leave.

Somaliland President Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, re-elected on February 23 by a clan conference, gave the ultimatum in a letter to U.N. and non-U.N. aid agencies dated Monday and released on Tuesday.