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13 Dec 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCristiano D'Orsi: Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), University of Johannesburg

13 Dec 2017 description
report Small Arms Survey

New report: More than one million lives could be saved by 2030

Lethal violence claimed 560,000 lives in 2016—more than one person every minute of every day of the year.

12 Dec 2017 description

Current major event

First EMARIS Conference and Fourth Meeting in Jordan

12 Dec 2017 description

Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.

12 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, last week (06-07/12) held a technical workshop funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to facilitate the implementation of a new project to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas of Somalia. Held in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, the three-year project aims to reduce infant and child mortality caused by water borne diseases.

12 Dec 2017 description

Hargeisa, 10 December 2017. Somaliland authorities are carrying out a “Drought Impact Needs Assessment” (DINA), based on a globally recognized methodology, that is identifying long term solutions to recurrent cycles of drought, which are to be delivered in parallel to life saving humanitarian relief. The DINA is being led by the Somaliland Government and supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).

12 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu, Somalia, 12 December 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today supported the Somali Federal Ministry of Health with a shipment of over 32 tons of medicines and medical supplies to be prepositioned in districts of the Banadir region/Mogadishu as well as the districts of Kismayo, Baidoa, Adado, Baladwayne, and Hudur.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

Harun Maruf

WASHINGTON/MOGADISHU — An explosion in the Somali capital killed a television journalist late on Monday, witnesses and security sources say.

Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow was killed in an explosion from a device fitted to his car, a security official told VOA's Somali service. Gabow was a news anchor for Kalsan TV, a satellite television channel watched in many parts of Somalia.

Osman Abdullahi Gure, a television manager at Kalsan TV, said Gabow was traveling in his car in Mogadishu's Wadajir district when the explosion occurred.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Kenya Daily Nation



The Kenyan government is disputing allegations in a new United Nations report that its forces were responsible for 40 civilian deaths in Somalia during a 22-month period ending in mid-October.

The report issued on Sunday states that air strikes carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were “allegedly responsible for 42 civilian casualties (36 killed, six injured).”


12 Dec 2017 description

In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, drought and conflict left almost 23 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment by March 2017, when the DEC launched its appeal. While relief assistance in 2017 has been providing a life-line to people and communities in these four countries, preventing a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian crisis, persistent drought and ongoing fighting continue to affect the lives of millions. A sustained, and in places, increased relief effort is needed into 2018 to protect livelihoods and prevent loss of life.

11 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – Somalia’s electoral authorities today launched a five-year roadmap – known as the Strategic Plan – to guide the management and administration of the country’s 2020-2021 elections, also known as the ‘one-person, one-vote’ elections.

11 Dec 2017 description


20.7 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956,076 IDP returnees

1,015,375 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers

Operational Update

11 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The government-led multi-agency humanitarian needs assessment started on 18 November 2017 and will continue until 13 December 2017. The findings will inform the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2018. Preliminary estimates are that 5 to 7 million people will require food support and 7.4 million people will require access to safe water.

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

11 Dec 2017 description

Current Nutrition Situation

Widespread acute malnutrition continues to persist across Somalia. Despite the large-scale humanitarian assistance delivered, which saved lives of over one-million acutely malnourished individuals, the projected number of children who are, or who will be acutely malnourished, has increased since the beginning of the year to 1.2 million , including over 231,829 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition (SAM) over the next one-year period of 2018.

11 Dec 2017 description

Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 December 2017 – A health conference on public health sector development was launched today by the Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).

11 Dec 2017 description


Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world, hosting over 3.4 million. Most of them are Syrian – by September 2017 the number of Syrians had reached 3,181,537 – while the remaining 330,000 are from Afghanistan and Iraq and a smaller proportion from Iran and Somalia .