February 23, 2018 3:05 PM
Mohamed Olad Hassan
Two car bombs exploded Friday in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, killing at least 18 people, the head of an ambulance service said.
Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan told VOA's Somali service that another 20 people had been wounded. He said most of the victims were civilians.
Mogadishu, 23 February 2017 - The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, yesterday held a roundtable discussion with the Somali public on the achievements and challenges facing the 11-year-old African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Forced off their land by drought, rural families face a precarious existence in Mogadishu
Displaced by drought and conflict, rural Somalis have been heading to Mogadishu in their tens of thousands. They get no safety or support and are increasingly targeted for forced evictions, but they are still coming.
After yet another bad rainy season at the end of last year, Amina Muse abandoned her four-hectare farm in Qorylooley, a small village in southern Somalia.
• This week there were 589 new arrivals through Baidoa checkpoints and Zero Exits. The number of arrivals reported this week were lower than the numbers recorded last week, but current figures still remain high. The key driving factors for displacements in to Baidoa this week were as usual prolonged drought and increasing insecurity at the villages of origin.
Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse
Emphasize Rehabilitation, Develop Child-Specific Procedures
(Washington) – Somali authorities are unlawfully detaining and at times prosecuting in military courts children with alleged ties to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS), with technical and financial support by the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.
The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in partnership with the Federal Member States (FMS), the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.
This drought impact and needs assessment (DINA) was conducted using remote sensing technology to validate findings. This DINA goes beyond determining the damages, losses and resulting needs; it aims for a multi-sectoral, phased recovery strategy focused on strengthening resilience to future disasters and effectively preventing the cyclical risk of famine.
Somalia – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, has partnered with Americares to donate more than eight tonnes of medical supplies, for distribution across IOM project locations in Somaliland, Puntland, Lower Juba, Gedo and Banadir regions. The supplies will immediately be dispatched to IOM’s static and mobile clinics, to increase local access to life-saving primary healthcare services.
Total of 226 health facilities across Somalia have submitted weekly report of communicable diseases in the electronic early warning disease surveillance system in week 5, 2018.
Total number of consultations decreased from 66,114 in week 4 to 57,359 in week 5.
The highest number of diseases reported in week 5 were: other acute diarrhoea (2,182 cases), influenza like illness (2,109 cases) followed by severe acute respiratory illness (701 cases).
Hargeisa – The head of United Nations humanitarian efforts in Somalia today underlined the importance of improving communities’ resilience to better withstand the effects of recurring droughts, such as famines.
“After a year of very hard collective work, having avoided so far the famine, we don’t want to just say we have postponed it, we want to say that we have successfully fought and overcome the famine,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, said.
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 753rd meeting, held on 15 February 2018, adopted the following decision on the political stabilization process in Somalia and on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) activities and exit strategy:
Recurrent drought, food insecurity, and subsequent risks of famine have created a devastating and increasingly unsustainable cycle of events in Somalia in recent decades.
About $6.8 billion has been spent on emergency response to save lives since 2011. While these efforts have successfully averted famine in 2017, only long-term development gains will lift the country out of poverty and vulnerability, and allow the country to break out of its recurrent cycle of crisis.
The Horn and East Africa region has been affected by yet another drought with hardly any reprieve from the 2016 El Nino induced crisis. By end of March 2017 the UN estimated that 22.9 million people in the greater Horn were food insecure, a figure expected to rise as the crisis worsens. The number of people affected in the three countries is 8.5 million people in Ethiopia, 3.2 million in Somalia and 3.4 million in Kenya.
Garowe, 18 February 2018 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis was far from over.
13th February 2018, Mombasa, Kenya: The period between March and May (MAM) constitute an important rainfall season over the equatorial parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region. The prediction of MAM 2018 season indicates increased likelihood of near normal to enhanced rainfall over much of the Greater Horn of Africa. However, near normal to depressed rainfall is likely to occur over much of Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia and eastern Kenya.
5.4 million people in need of humanitarian and protection services
4 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance
4.4 million people in need of water, sanitation and hygiene services
1.2 million children under-5 projected to be malnourished in 2018
1 Million+ people displaced due to drought and conflict in 2017
2.4 Million children require education support
5.7 Million people require health support
According to the FSNAU-FEWSNET 2017 Post Deyr findings, despite a limited improvement in food security and nutrition, the situation remains fragile, with 5.4 million people in need of urgent assistance, including an estimated 2.8 million children.
During the reporting period, UNICEF reached 65,598 IDPs in Banadir, Buuhoodle and Nugaal regions through temporary access to water supply by water trucking, voucher and chlorination.
Normal to below normal rains expected in most parts of Somalia during the Gu 2018 season