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17 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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MOGADISHU, 17 April 2018 - The Government of Japan is providing generous funding to UNICEF to support children with proper sanitation facilities in schools, keep them in education and provide abused women and children with support services, UNICEF said today. The US$3 million grant will, over the course of the next year, help some of the communities worst affected by the prolonged drought in central and southern regions of Somalia.

15 Apr 2018 description
report Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity (QC) has started the distribution of dry food to more than 6,000 families affected by drought in Baidoa city of Somalia. Thousands of Somali families have been displaced from affected remote areas to nearby villages and towns, due to the drought, which has frequently occurred in the country over the last three years, because of the disruptions in the rainfall.

13 Apr 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• This week there were only 330 new arrivals through the Baidoa checkpoints, the fewest number recorded by MTT since Mid- January. After sixth week in a row with no exit, 13 individuals were recorded exiting the town to cultivate their farms, since the Gu seasonal rains had begun in their villages of origin. The key drive factors for displacements in to Baidoa were prolonged drought and insecurity at their village of origin.

13 Apr 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• This week there were 718 new arrivals through Baidoa check points and zero exit. This is the sixth week in a row with no exit. The number of arrivals reported this week was higher than the number recorded last week. The key driving factors for displacements in to Baidoa were prolonged drought and insecurity at their village of origin.

13 Apr 2018 description

Rainfall brings some relief to Ethiopia, but causes flooding and fatalities in Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

12 Apr 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Global organization calls for urgent investment as famine prevention funding stalls

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – Facing a crushing and continuing drought, Somalia needs urgent investment if it is to avoid another humanitarian crisis, warns the global organization Mercy Corps. The three-year drought blighting the country has claimed thousands of lives, displaced more than two million people and worsened the spread of cholera and measles outbreaks.

11 Apr 2018 description

Drought continued to worsen during the hot, dry Jilial season in the first quarter of 2018. The Gu rains have started early in most areas and are likely to ease the immediate impact of water availability, however, they will likely worsen conditions for IDPs in overcrowded settlements. The IDPs, mostly women and children, live primarily in improvised shelters, exposing them to inclement weather, with poor hygiene facilities, thus heightening the risk of communicable diseases. Humanitarians are providing life-saving aid to people in need, but gaps exist.

11 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

The devastating drought in the Horn of Africa is threatening progress made towards stamping out some of the worst forms of abuse against women and girls, Save the Children is warning.

After an unprecedented four consecutive failed rains in Somaliland, and despite a global decline in child marriage, the aid organisation is deeply concerned by encountering repeated cases of forced child marriage as a result of the drought.

10 Apr 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

08 Apr 2018 description

CLUSTER SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

SO1: Contribute to the protection of newly displaced people and those affected by natural hazards. (NFIs, ESKs)

SO2: Improve the living conditions of the protracted internally displaced persons (Transitional shelters, NFIs)

SO3: Facilitate access to durable solutions for IDPs that are willing to locally integrate or return (Permanent shelters)

NEEDS ANALYSIS

08 Apr 2018 description

Despite recent rainfall, western Ethiopia remains dry

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

04 Apr 2018 description

Famine has been averted in Somalia in 2017, thanks to the rapid mobilization of resources and scaled-up response, but the extended drought has severely aggravated the crisis. By the end of 2017, 5.4 million Somalis were still in need of humanitarian assistance, of which 2.7 million people faced crisis and emergency. The risk of famine persists in 2018 if emergency relief efforts are not sustained.

04 Apr 2018 description
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MOGADISHU, 4 April 2018 – The European Union, through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department, has provided €3 million euro toward UNICEF’s humanitarian response for children and women caught in Somalia’s prolonged drought.

03 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

FOREWORD

The Horn of Africa has been grappling with the effects of consecutive failed rains across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia that led to 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at the start of 2017.

Children bore the brunt of the crisis as their families struggled to survive in a worsening situation that resulted in malnutrition, increased susceptibility to diseases, limited access to school and exposure to protection concerns as families would migrate in search of food and water.

01 Apr 2018 description
  • The operational context during February was marked mainly by small-scale attacks, evictions, drought and the drying up the Shabelle river.
  • Consequently, February witnessed a slight increase in displacements, in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/Cholera, and severe water shortages.
  • Monitoring agencies reported that food security improved but in the absence of assistance food security would deteriorate significantly.

Major developments

01 Apr 2018 description

Updates on achievements

Since 8 December 2014, beginning with a pilot return activity that later expanded, UNHCR has assisted Somali refugees returning to Somalia with return and reintegration assistance. Somali refugee returnees who opt for voluntary repatriation under the UNHCR programme receive an enhanced return package to support their reintegration and to ensure the sustainability of returns. In the chapters below are achievements made during the month of February.

Protection and return management

31 Mar 2018 description

Increased likelihood of average Gu rainfall in southern and central Somalia

Key Messages