The rapid territorial gains being made by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Somalia and the precarious strength of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) based in Baidoa have added greater unpredictability to the already precarious political situation. The perception of a wider civil war in Somalia has resulted in a steadily increasing refugee influx into north-eastern Kenya. Intra- and inter-clan fighting, the impact of drought, and increasing destitution are some of the complementary causes of this refugee migration.
The cessation of hostilities that was so welcomed on 14 August, continues to hold, if somewhat precariously. Lebanon has rebounded with surprising speed from the emergency response phase and now, despite the massive infrastructural damage the country sustained and the effects of the continuing trade blockade imposed by Israel, the Lebanese people are showing their determination to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and the infrastructure that supports it.
The Flash Appeal for Lebanon seeks a total of 150 million dollars to meet the needs of some 800,000 people over the next three months. Funding for the appeal will enable aid groups to carry out programs to feed, shelter, and protect civilians caught in a cruel conflict. The appeal contains programs that require different levels of funding but are all equally important for ensuring a comprehensive response to emergency needs.
On 8 February 2006, approximately 300 members of the Timor-Leste armed forces (F-FDTL) demonstrated in front of the Office of the President, demanding a response to their petition of 15 January concerning alleged discrimination in promotion policies and ill-treatment, in particular of the members from the western areas of the country. In mid-March, the situation culminated in the mass dismissal of 594 soldiers, representing almost 40% of the armed forces.