South Sudan: Humanitarian challenges after secession
20 August, 2011
South Sudan’s historic declaration of independence passed with notable calm across the country on 9 July. However, the new born republic faces considerable humanitarian challenges as it looks to the future, including continued violence along its new and restive northern border, high...
Stepping up the response in the Horn of Africa
30 July, 2011
UN agencies and humanitarian partners are rallying to provide life-saving assistance to 12.4 million people across the Horn of Africa, but needs are rising.
“This will not be a short crisis,” Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos warned at an Emergency Ministerial...
Somalia: United Nations declares famine in two regions
20 July, 2011
On 20 July, at a press conference in Nairobi, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, declared that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Across the country, nearly half of the Somali population – 3.7 million people –...
Horn of Africa Drought
16 July, 2011
Today Valerie Amos, the Emergency relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, briefed United Nations Member States on the situation in the Horn of Africa.
Noting that more than 10.7 million people across the region urgently need help, Valerie Amos emphasized the...
Ethiopia: Funding, resources and access needed to help drought-affected Ethiopian communities
10 July, 2011
With the Horn of Africa once again in the grip of a severe drought, ERC Valerie Amos travelled to Ethiopia’s drought-affected Somali region, where pastoralist communities have not seen rain for some 18 months.
“I have just come back from the Somali Region, where I met the...