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11 Apr 2012 description
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UNICEF report: despite recent improvements, outlook for the Horn of Africa increasingly worrisome

More than 8 million people need emergency assistance

NAIROBI, 11 April 2012 – The massive humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa in 2011 reversed the spread of famine and saved tens of thousands of children’s lives, but the outlook is increasingly worrisome, threatening the tentative gains achieved to date, according to a new UNICEF report.

17 Nov 2011 description
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I. OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

GENERAL

UNICEF is extremely concerned about the impact of escalating conflict in Somalia on children. All parties to the conflict are urged to take all necessary measures to safeguard civilians, including children hundreds of thousands of whom are already at risk due to the ongoing famine. Also of concern are the recruitment and use of children for armed services and sexual violence of children and women.

Deteriorating security levels continues to hamper access to people in need in Southern Somalia and Northeastern Kenya.

11 Nov 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

General Overview

  • Security incidents in Kenya continue with suspected links to militant groups from Somalia who have issued threats against Kenya following the country’s military operation within Somalia which began on 13 October 2011.

  • On 27 October four education officials killed along the Kenya-Somalia border near the town of Mandera. The grenade and assault rifle attack by unknown assailants was directed at a bus carrying officials transporting examination papers to schools between Lafey District and Mandera

11 Nov 2011 description
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OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

SECURITY
- The humanitarian access situation in Southern Somalia and Northeastern Kenya remains challenging due to security concerns.

  • Kenya’s military involvement inside Somalia continues, with fighting ongoing in parts of Lower Juba, including bombing raids. The recent kidnapping of two additional aid workers from the Danish Demining Group in Galkayo has further restricted access in the border area between Northern and Southern Somalia.

26 Oct 2011 description
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Safe water remains a challenge for refuges and local communities

By Tim Ledwith

NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 October 2011 – The rain has begun on schedule in north-eastern Kenya, bringing the first real precipitation that many people in the semi-arid region have seen for months, if not years. But while eagerly anticipated, it’s both a blessing and a curse.

23 Oct 2011 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

General Overview

  • The Kenyan army moved into Somalia on 16 October 2011 in response to a series of kidnappings, including the most recent abduction of two MSF-Spain humanitarian staff from Ifo II West.

20 Oct 2011 description
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Highlights

Drought Affected Areas

  • Over 10,000 people are estimated to be affected by dengue fever in Mandera, with six new cases in Nairobi and Wajir. The GoK and partners are aggressively working to control the outbreak through household-level surveillance and case management in Mandera, and surveillance and vector assessments underway in Isiolo, Eastleigh (Nairobi), Mandera, Wajir and Dadaab.

20 Aug 2011 description
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Reporting period: 10-16 August 2011 (weekly report)

Highlights · In the drought-affected areas,

· Weekly surveillance reports indicate a deteriorating situation in Turkana, Wajir, Moyale, Mandera,
Marsabit and Kajiado districts.