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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Somalia - Yemen

15 Feb 2021

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Food distribution in Eljale, Belet Weyne, Somalia, May 2020. © OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 15 February 2021

Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia and the UN are asking for US$1.09 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 4 million people across Somalia this year.

“Multiple crises including erratic climate shocks, protracted conflict, disease outbreaks and a massive desert locust infestation have driven millions of children, women and men in Somalia to the brink of survival,” said Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, at the launch of the country’s Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) today.

The humanitarian situation in Somalia worsened in 2020, compounded by the triple threat of floods, COVID-19 and desert locusts. In 2021, the country is projected to face more significant humanitarian challenges.

Drought conditions are predicted due to the likely below-average rainfall associated with La Niña, and the country will have to handle the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the economy. The HRP estimates that 5.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year, an increase from 5.2 million last year.

Despite enormous operational and access challenges, humanitarian partners reached 2.3 million people out of 3 million targeted in 2020, thanks to the generosity of donors and the dedication of national and international aid workers who continue to risk their lives to provide assistance to those who need it most.

 

Yemen

On 1 March, the UN will convene a virtual high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland. Pledges to address the dire needs in the country will be announced at the event.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the opening.

There will be a press conference immediately after the event by Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and the co-hosts.