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15 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Last Updated: October 14, 2018 12:37 PM Harun Maruf

Hundreds of mourners and government officials in Somalia gathered Sunday at K-5 junction, where a year ago a truck bomb killed 587 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

The Somali government has officially renamed the junction as “October 14 Junction” in respect of the victims of the attack.

Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman “Yarisow” said the gathering Sunday showed how Somali people have rejected terrorism.

14 Oct 2018 description

Traditional elder Adan Muse Hassan’s day started with optimism on October 14th of 2017. He predicted another rewarding day, as he carried out the challenging task of resolving disputes and encouraging reconciliation, within the capital Mogadishu.

The sunny morning coupled with the gentle breeze from the imposing waters of the Indian Ocean, was the perfect weather he had hoped for, to enable him carry out his tasks.

14 Oct 2018 description

PRESS STATEMENT 10/2018

Mogadishu – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, expressed his solidarity with the victims of a devastating suicide bombing in central Mogadishu a year ago during a brief ceremony today at the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital.

14 Oct 2018 description

SG/SM/19298

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary‑General strongly condemns the twin bomb attacks today in Baidoa, Somalia. He expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations support and solidarity with the people and Government of Somalia. He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in their pursuit of peace and stability.

13 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohamed Olad Hassan

Two blasts in the Somali town of Baidoa on Saturday killed at least 15 people and injured more than 30 others.

The South West State information minister, Ugas Hassan Abdi, said, "The attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts." He said officials were still assessing the casualty figures.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which controlled Baidoa between 2009 and 2012 before being driven out by Ethiopian-backed government forces, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

13 Oct 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• Over the reporting period, a lower number of total 77 entries recorded compared to last week. No exits recorded this week.

• Majority of the new arrivals said that their reason for displacement into the IDP sites was due to Insecurity (65%). In addition, 17% cited shortage of food, and few other reasons for displacement.

13 Oct 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • 24 entries and zero exits recorded in Dolow IDPs camps. The number of entries decreased slightly compared to the previous week.

  • Majority of the new arrivals cited food as their reason for displacement (60%). The rest cited insecurity (40%).

  • All of the new arrivals came from Ethiopia as there were some tribal conflict between the Oromo and Somali community in the last two months.

13 Oct 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• 317 entries and 11 exits reported across all the checkpoints this week. The trend shows a slight decrease on entries compared to last week. Few exits recorded this week, the lowest since March 2018. The small number of exits and high number of entries may be because of the end of harvest season where people are returning to the camps and few people are leaving.

• Reasons for displacement into the IDP sites: insecurity (75%), joining the rest of the family (16%) to seek better services (5%), to seek livelihood opportunities (4%)

12 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

BALI, Indonesia, October 12, 2018—The Norwegian Government announced a commitment of NOK 450 Million ($54.3 million) to support the reconstruction, reform and development process in Somalia. Channelled through the World Bank’s Multi Partner Fund (MPF), the contribution will provide resources through the Government’s systems to address the country’s most critical challenges on its path towards stability.

12 Oct 2018 description

New York October 2018 – Youth, civil society and NGOs joined UN-Habitat and the Canadian Govenrment on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss how young people from Somalia can contribute to bringing about peace.

12 Oct 2018 description
report IRIN

Can big money and big data make famine a thing of the past?

Geneva, 12 October 2018 | In the runup to a 2011 famine in Somalia that killed over 250,000 people, there were 78 warnings. Last year famine nearly happened again, not only in Somalia but in Yemen, South Sudan, and West Africa’s Lake Chad region. Now, a multi-billion dollar venture is betting that big data and smart money can make famine a thing of the past.

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12 Oct 2018 description

Tropical Storm LUBAN expected to lead to winds of medium strength with moderate rainfall amounts in Bari and Sanaag regions in Somalia.

A tropical storm that developed in the northern Indian Ocean is expected to make a land fall in Yemen in 3 to 4 days. The storm poses an immediate threat to the shipping lane that links Somalia and Gulf states. Further, it may affect the coastal areas of Bari and Sanaag regions of Somalia in the next 48 to 72 hours from today (12 October 2018).

12 Oct 2018 description

11 October 2018, Puntland. A new 5,000 cubic metre earth dam near Yombays Village in the Nugaal area of Puntland, Northern Somalia, will bring clean, safe water to over 5,000 people in the area, of which over 4,000 people are from nomadic pastoralist communities. The dam was built by the Puntland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in collaboration with Yombays Village, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and with funding from Global Environment Facility.

11 Oct 2018 description

11 October 2018 – The Ministry of Health of Somalia has announced 29 new cases of cholera for week 39 (24 to 30 September) of 2018. Among them, 45% were 5 years old and below. The cumulative total of cases is 6423, including 42 associated deaths (case-fatality rate 0.7%) since the beginning of the current outbreak in December 2017.

11 Oct 2018 description

General update

CCCM partners conducted a site maintenance needs assessments in Garowe IDPs sites. The results of the assessment will help prioritize site improvement activities, that strive to make sites safer and improve living conditions.

11 Oct 2018 description

Mogadishu, 11 October 2018 - A daylong meeting of the Federal Government of Somalia, the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN and other key stakeholders, was convened on Wednesday, to review progress made in the security sector, under the Comprehensive Approach to Security (CAS).

10 Oct 2018 description

The Puntland State of Somalia continues to step up the fight against maternal and newborn deaths by carrying out high level advocacy events through the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).

Somalia has one of the highest lifetime risk of maternal deaths in the world, with women facing a one in 22 lifetime risk of maternal death. The maternal mortality ratio is estimated at 732 deaths per 100,000 live births.

10 Oct 2018 description

With a new border management system now in place in Somalia, Stephen Matete is looking forward to his next posting. Since 2011, the 34-year-old Kenyan has been a National Officer with IOM’s Immigration and Border Management programme. Among the areas of focus for the programme are border management information systems, which ideally balance efficiency in traveler movements, and security.

10 Oct 2018 description

The Deyr rainfall season (September-December) has begun in parts of the country.1 Projections indicate normal to above-average rains. Prospects for further improvements in food security are high, although humanitarian needs, particularly among the internally displaced people (IDPs) and rural population, remain significant. Increased risk of flooding in some areas due to seasonal rains may impede the ability of the most vulnerable people to recover. The Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) remains critically underfunded.

FOOD SECURITY SITUATION AMONG IDPS

09 Oct 2018 description

In August, a total of 34,219 individuals were recorded at Flow Monitoring Points. This represents a slight decrease in comparison with July when 35,885 individuals were recorded. While the overall number of persons remained at similar levels, the percentage of inflows decreased in comparison with July (69% in July against 56% in August). Like in July, Harirad Flow Monitoring Point (Awdal region at the border with Ethiopia) continued to record the highest number of entries for August, while Bossaso continued to record the highest number of exits.