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...
South Kordofan: Humanitarian assistance continues despite extremely limited access
8 July, 2011
The security situation in Sudan’s South Kordofan State remains tense and volatile. According to the latest OCHA situation report, daily gunfire and aerial bombardments were reported to the south of Kadugli between 30 June and 5 July, and at least ten large explosions were heard in the...
Sudan: Beyond the euphoria of Southern independence (IRIN)
8 July, 2011
South Sudan becomes the world's newest nation on 9 July, the final step in the six-year Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), a deal that ended the 1983-2005 North-South war.
The government is upbeat, but after the euphoria of celebrations and the pomp of speeches, the new nation faces a...