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18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

18 Oct 2017 description

Severe drought and food insecurity continues across the country with around 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance according to monitoring agencies.

Projected outcomes of Deyr rainfall and warmer temperatures could increase displacements and vulnerability of displaced persons.

Working with Partners

  • As part of the UN integrated mission to Somalia, UNHCR maintains close collaboration with UN agencies, national and international NGOs.

18 Oct 2017 description

The three days cumulated rainfall forecast is pointing (Map 1) towards light to moderate rains in central and southern regions of the country as well as the Ethiopian highlands and this is expected to increase in quantity and space as the week progresses, given the one week forecast (Map 2).

The western parts of Somaliland and southern parts of Somalia including Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle will remain dry during the forecast period.

River levels in the middle reach of Shabelle are currently high with a high risk of flooding in Jowhar and the environs.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Bond

Introduction

This briefing has been been put together by a significant number of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the leadership of Bond’s Humanitarian and Conflict Policy groups. These NGOs are either actively operational in these contexts or working to raise awareness in the UK of the challenges faced by people experiencing humanitarian disasters, conflict and upheaval.

18 Oct 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain as usual was the most traded commodity in the region followed by dry beans, rice and then sorghum. See Figure 1.

  • Staple commodity prices especially for maize are expected to remain above last year and five year average prices despite near average harvest in the region with spatial pockets of deficit within and between countries because carryover stocks are low, tightening supplies available for trade.

18 Oct 2017 description

Sustained assistance needed in Somalia, Ethiopia where below-average Deyr rains are forecast

Key Messages

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18 October 2017
Dr Florian Krampe

‘We have succeeded at keeping famine at bay, we have not kept suffering at bay’, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while briefing members of the UN Security Council on 12 October. Explaining the impediments to an effective response to the risks of famine in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, and, Guterres named conflict as a root cause of famine.

18 Oct 2017 description

Over 1 million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought.

“We are alarmed at the massive scale of this crisis. On average, a staggering 3,500 people per day have fled their homes this year searching for food and water to stay alive,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Regional Director, Gabriella Waaijman. “We are witnessing a mass exodus from rural villages not seen since the deadly 2011–2012 famine that killed 260,000 people.”

17 Oct 2017 description
report CARE

Après dix ans de régression quasi constante, la faim dans le monde a brusquement augmenté. Pourtant, nous produisons suffisamment pour nourrir deux fois la population mondiale. Alors quelles sont les causes de ce drame ? Voici cinq points pour comprendre pourquoi la faim fait de si nombreuses victimes.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Food for the Hungry

World Food Day is supposed to celebrate progress toward ending hunger around the globe.

But this World Food Day, 815 million people are hungry.

16 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Reports from the UNHCR-led Protection & Return Monitoring Network (PRMN) indicate that some 49,000 individuals have been newly internally-displaced countrywide during September (August: 63,000). Of these, for 30,000 the primary reason given was drought related. This represents the lowest figure this year.

15 Oct 2017 description

The conflicts in Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan have led to an increasing number of displaced people who are facing food crises. There have been significant efforts to provide humanitarian aid to populations in need to prevent the occurrence of famine. However, prolonged violence in these countries, in combination with the environmental conditions continues to cause drought and exacerbate food insecurity for these populations. Security issues are preventing access to populations of concern and are blocking food and non-food aid.

14 Oct 2017 description

IN THIS ISSUE

Page 1 Sustainable reintegration through cash-based interventions

Page 3 UNHCR Somalia the biggest CBIs operation in Africa by a large margin

Page 4 Payment process of a cash assistance for Somali refugee returnees

Page 5 CBIs monitoring exercise: preliminary findings

Page 6 Cash assistance revitalizes local economy

Page 7 A returnee family integrates with CBIs assistance

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions

  • Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs

  • USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description

National Statement delivered by Ambassador Carl Skau on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, 12 October 2017, New York.

Thank You Mr President,

I would like to join you in welcoming the Secretary-General to the Council today for this important meeting, and to thank him for his comprehensive briefing.

Secretary-General Guterres,

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report Oxfam

Key Statistics

  • 22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

  • 15 million People facing crisis and emergencey food insecurity - 84,575 Cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) / Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

  • 1.8 Million People in Kenya,
    Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

  • $1,612,000 Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

CONTEXT UPDATE

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SG/SM/18745-SC/13028
12 OCTOBER 2017

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council briefing on countries at risk of famine, in New York today:

Nine months ago, some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. About 100,000 people in South Sudan were on the verge of starvation.