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Somalia: ‘Dire and grim’ drought, impacting more than 7 million

Accompanying Somalia’s newly-appointed drought envoy on his first field visit, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official for the Horn of Africa country warned on Tuesday of the devastating outlook for millions of affected Somalis, amidst heightened risks of famine. “The situation is extremely dire and grim: 7.1 million people are going to be affected by …

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New UK support to tackle impact of droughts and flooding in East Africa

Minister for Africa Vicky Ford has today announced a £17 million package of UK support to countries in East Africa affected by extreme drought and flooding. Ford made the announcement while on a 3-country visit to East Africa, starting in Kenya today. The package will provide vital assistance to almost a million people in Somalia, …

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FAO launches $138 million plan to avert hunger crisis in Horn of Africa

More than $138 million is needed to assist rural communities affected by extended drought in the Horn of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday, launching a comprehensive response plan for the region.  A third consecutive year of poor rains is posing a major threat to food security in countries already facing natural …

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Tigray: Aid operations ‘about to grind to a halt’, warns WFP

Aid and food distribution operations in northern Ethiopia are about “to grind to a halt” amid ongoing fighting, bloodshed and a lack of funding that is making humanitarian access impossible, the UN World Food Programme, WFP, said on Friday. Escalating clashes in Tigray have meant that no WFP aid convoys have been able to reach the regional capital, Mekelle, …

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Sudan: Refrain from ‘disproportionate use of force’ against protesters

Reported killings and injuries during peaceful demonstrations in Sudan is a cause for deep concern, said the UN human rights office on Friday (OHCHR). OHCHR also highlighted attacks which reportedly took place against a hospital and media office on Thursday, during which rights activists were arrested. “We urge authorities to refrain from unnecessary and disproportionate use …

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Three Tanzanian peacekeepers injured in Central African Republic

Three Tanzanian peacekeepers  serving on the United Nations’ mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were injured on Thursday, when their vehicle struck an unidentified explosive device.   One of the soldiers was seriously hurt, and needed to be evacuated to Bouar for treatment and then on to the capital, Bangui, MINUSCA informed.  The ‘blue helmets’ were in the village …

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Tanzanian appointed as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Tanzanian Joyce Msuya as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. She will also serve as the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She succeeds Ursula Mueller of Germany,  Since 2018, Ms. Msuya has served as Deputy Executive Director at the UN …

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COVID cases surging in Africa at fastest rate this year, but deaths remain low

An 83 per cent surge in COVID-19 cases during the past week in Africa, driven by the Delta and Omicron variants, is causing fewer deaths than previous spikes, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday, but more waves could be on the way, due to the continent’s slow vaccine rollout. Updated forecasts warn that …

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Somalia: the compound impact of drought and conflict pushes people to the brink

More than 300,000 people have been affected by the worsening drought in Somalia’s Galgaduud region. Last month the Federal Government declared a state of emergency, as thousands leave their homes in search of food, water and pasture. In addition to the worsening drought, Guriel, a town of some 100,000 inhabitants in central Galgaduud, has seen …

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