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20 Mar 2019 description

Facts and figures

In 2018, the ICRC continued to respond to the needs of Somali people affected by 35 years of conflict and harsh climatic conditions like droughts and floods, despite reducing and suspending some of its activities following concerns over the security of its staff and overall acceptance in the country.

20 Mar 2019 description
report Oxfam

Sporadic, below average rains and persistent drought since 2016 sees an estimated 1.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Somaliland, a figure ballooning by hundreds of thousands in recent months. Communal water resources are drying up at an alarming rate, forcing communities to truck in water that they can’t afford, and triggering appeals by Somaliland and Puntland authorities.

19 Mar 2019 description

March 03 2019: The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Somalia Water and Land Information Management (FAO-SWALIM) project held a well-attended information sharing open day at the Maan-soor hotel in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The event was a great success and provided an opportunity for partners from Somaliland government institutions, UN agencies, NGOs, Academia and private sector to learn more about SWALIM’s award-winning work and impact it has in Somaliland.

15 Mar 2019 description
infographic UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster

Overview (as of 28th February 2019)

  • Parts of Puntland and Somaliland continue to experience severe drought conditions which have affected hundreds of thousands of people with most of them moving from rural to urban areas or other rural areas where they anticipate receiving aid. The situation is expected to worsen in the coming weeks owing to the depletion of available water resources in affected areas.

14 Mar 2019 description

The humanitarian situation in Somalia was characterized by climatic shocks, violence and conflict in 2018. Early in the year drought conditions led to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, mainly in the north, followed by the above-average Gu rains, which, together with the sustained humanitarian response, contributed to an improvement in the food security outlook in most parts of the country by mid-2018. But rains also caused flooding resulting in displacements and destruction of crops and infrastructure.

14 Mar 2019 description

In Numbers

3,734 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 7.3 m cash-based transfers made

USD 88 m six months (February-July 2019) net funding requirements

1.3 m people assisted in January 2019

Operational Updates

14 Mar 2019 description
report Direct Relief

Daryeel Maternity Hospital in Somaliland is serving those most impacted by the crisis – mothers and babies.

By Paulina Ospina

An estimated 673,000 people in Somaliland are enduring an extreme state of drought and food insecurity and are unable to meet their minimum nutritional needs.

Pregnant women and newborns are acutely vulnerable, with dehydration and nutrient deprivation linked to a range of pregnancy-related complications including premature births and developmental delays.

12 Mar 2019 description


SO1: Contribute to the protection of newly displaced people, IDPs / refugee returns / host community and those affected by natural hazards. (NFIs, ESKs)

SO2: Improve the living conditions and contribute to local reintegration of the protracted internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees returning back to their place of origin (Transitional shelters, Permanent shelters, NFIs)

12 Mar 2019 description
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March 12th, 2019 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched he third phase of its integrated rural development program (IRDP) in three regions of Somalia.

The purpose of the program is to help the farmers and returnees to restore their livelihoods, by providing agricultural materials for the coming rainy season, as well as facilitating access to welfare services, by rehabilitating the agricultural, water, and education infrastructure.

12 Mar 2019 description

Key Messages

January marked a timely to slightly early onset of seasonal rains in parts of Ethiopia’s Belg-dependent cropping zones and the western sector of East Africa.

Meanwhile, much of the eastern Horn remained typically dry with exceptionally hotter-than-normal day and night land surface temperatures. However, localized areas of eastern Kenya and southern Somalia experienced light to moderate rainfall amounts in the past week.

12 Mar 2019 description

Alfonso Medinilla, Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw and Pauline Veron, ECPDM paper, March 2019

This study seeks to understand the incentives and interests – or lack thereof – for collaboration and coordination across humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, as the call for a ‘nexus approach’ grows louder. It does so by looking at the practical experiences of the international community, including non-traditional donors in Somalia.

11 Mar 2019 description

A new spirit of optimism pervades Hargeisa, as new residential and office buildings are being built on every corner. Hargeisa is located in the north of Somalia and has been recognised as the capital of the de facto independent republic of Somaliland since 1991, which corresponds to the territory of the former British colony. Hargeisa has a population of around 800,000, with some estimates putting the number over one million.

10 Mar 2019 description

Worsening dry conditions have resulted in deteriorating pasture and water availability particularly in northern and central regions of Somalia. In the worst affect areas, aid agencies have reported stress-induced migration among pastoralist communities in search of water and pasture. In urban centers forced evictions of internally displaced persons is a major concern.

09 Mar 2019 description

Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes expected in many pastoral and agropastoral areas

Key Messages

09 Mar 2019 description

Key Messages

Wheat, maize, rice and, and sorghum are important staple foods in East Africa. Domestic sorghum production makes important contributions to national food supply in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia (82, 76 and 55 percent, respectively), and smaller amounts in Ethiopia and Uganda (18 and ten percent, respectively).

07 Mar 2019 description

NAIROBI, KENYA, March 7, 2019—Millions of people in the Horn of Africa have been suffering through a prolonged drought at the same time that the administration’s expected federal budget proposal could threaten lifesaving U.S. food aid.

Newly released data from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) predicts worsening drought and severe hunger in parts of the Horn of Africa in coming months, and crop failures of up to 30 percent.