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The number of people who do not have enough to eat in East Africa could rise by more than 80 per cent in the coming months due to weather variations brought on by the climatic event known as El Niño. The UN estimates that more than 22 million people in the region might need food assistance in the first quarter of 2016; up from 12 million at the start of this year.

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Le Conseil des droits de l’homme a tenu, ce mercredi à Genève, les travaux de sa vingt-troisième de session extraordinaire, consacrée aux attaques terroristes et aux violations des droits de l’homme commises par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram.

16 Aug 2013 description
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There's an explosive polio outbreak in Somalia where 105 cases have been confirmed. It has also spread to neighbouring Kenya, with 12 cases confirmed, according to Oliver Rosenbauer, the spokesperson for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

There are three polio-endemic countries worldwide (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan).

16 Aug 2013 description
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About 800 cases of sexual and gender-based violence have been reported in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, during the first six months of the year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Women and girls who are internally displaced continue to be the most affected.

08 Aug 2013 description
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The Afgoye corridor just West of the Somali capital Mogadishu was once known for being the area with the world’s largest concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), during Somalia’s years of conflict.

30 Jul 2013 description
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Every four seconds there’s a new refugee or internally displaced person in the world, says UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

People continually flee to other countries — tens of thousands of Malians to Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso; thousands of Sudanese to South Sudan, and now well over one million and a half Syrians to neighboring countries.

25 Jun 2013 description
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The attack this week on the UN headquarters in Mogadishu was "an act of blatant terrorism" and "a desperate attempt" to knock Somalia off the path of recovery and peace building, according to the top UN official in the country.

07 Jun 2013 description
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• The head of the UN Political Office in Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga has completed his mission. Dr. Mahiga, who accomplished his task in three years, says the first phase of his mission was to make peace in the midst of a very serious internal conflict. Nicholas Kay from the United Kingdom has taken over from the Tanzanian diplomat.

A programme controls animal diseases in Kenya and Uganda

11 Apr 2013 description
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The military capability of the Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia has been tremendously degraded although they continue to carry out terrorist attacks.

That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Augustine Mahiga, told reporters in the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam on Thursday.

22 Feb 2013 description
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Scores of people living in a camp in the Somali capital of Mogadishu are to receive free medical care through mobile clinics.

Three thousand Somalis arrived in Karibu camp last year fleeing a severe drought as well as violence fostered by the activities of the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

The African Mission in Somalia, (AMISOM) and Hope for Life International (HILI) are behind the initiative that has made the health care possible.

22 Feb 2013 description
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As another sign of the return of normalcy in Somalia, the fire department in the country's capital, Mogadishu, is resuming operations for the first time since 1991.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which helped government forces retake the city from the Al-Shabaab Islamist extremists, is assisting in training fire-fighters in the Horn of Africa country.

18 Feb 2013 description
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Although UN agencies report an improvement in humanitarian conditions in Somalia, they point out that more than 250,000 displaced people are still living in camps in the capital, Mogadishu.

While many arrived there during the 2011 famine which affected the country, some have been living in camps for more than 20 years due to the civil war.

16 Jan 2013 description
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Last year saw a record number of African refugees and migrants risking their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden into Yemen, according to the UN refugee agency.

The agency reported on Tuesday that 107,500 Africans made the dangerous trip breaking the 2011 record of more than 103,000 people who attempted the journey.

It said 80 per cent of the people who arrived in Yemen were Ethiopians and the rest were Somalis.
UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha discusses this migration of Africans from the Horn of Africa with UNHCR spokesperson in Yemen, Edward Leposky.

08 Jan 2013 description
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The return of Somali refugees to their country is a positive indicator that there is security in the Horn of Africa country, says the top the United Nations envoy in Somalia Augustine Mahiga.

There are reports that every day five planes carrying over 100 passengers each are landing in Mogadishu from Kenya.

28 Dec 2012 description
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Gros plan sur l'humanitaire en 2012, une année qui a connu son lot de drames et de crises qui ont affectés des populations suite aux conflits armés, aux catastrophes naturelles ou encore au changement climatique.

Le Mali, la République démocratique du Congo, la Somalie, le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud, la Syrie, le Pakistan, l'Afghanistan, le Myanmar ou encore Haïti, sont autant de pays qui ont nécessité un appui humanitaire en 2012.

20 Nov 2012 description
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Bringing law and order to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, long known for lawlessness and insecurity, is a challenging task.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has helped the government wrest control of the city from the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents, is doing just that.

15 Nov 2012 description
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The United Nations Security Council this month authorized the extension of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to early March 2013.

The AU troops are helping to stabilize a country which did not have a functioning central government for more than two decades. But this year, a new Parliament was sworn in and a President inaugurated.

08 Oct 2012 description
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It's been about a week since Al Shabaab militants retreated from the Somali port city of Kismayo, and Kenyan soldiers on duty there are working to make sure a potentially explosive situation is kept under control.

The troops are locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the militants.

29 Sep 2012 description
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With more than 70 per cent of Somalia's population under 30-years-old, empowering young people will be key to the country's future, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP on Friday launched the Human Development Report for Somalia, the first in more than a decade.

Dianne Penn has the story.

02 Aug 2012 description
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A new project providing fuel-efficient stoves to displaced families in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is literally a life saver.

As the stoves burn waste instead of wood, women and girls are freed from the potentially dangerous chore of collecting firewood where they risk being assaulted by attackers hiding in bushes.