Horn of Africa - Drought Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 10 Nov 2011 View Original

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Between September 1 and November 4, insecurity and drought displaced approximately 65,000 people from central and southern Somalia, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of the total population displaced, 17,500 people were displaced from Mogadishu, with 14,000 people moving to other areas within Mogadishu and 3,500 people leaving the city.

  • On October 30, the Government of Kenya (GoK) conducted air attacks on Jilib city, Middle Juba Region. The increased risk of insecurity has displaced individuals in southern Somalia and prompted relief agencies to scale down staff and operations in Middle Juba and Gedo regions, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

  • According to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network’s (FEWS NET), famine conditions will likely persist in southern Somalia until the 2012 January to February harvests due to high food prices, low 2011 harvest yields, and continuing restrictions on humanitarian access. FEWS NET forecasts that the 2012 March to May rainy season will likely produce below-average rainfall due in part to the re-emergence of a La Niña weather event, potentially resulting in continuing emergency-level food insecurity in parts of Somalia during 2012.