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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine and Somalia

01 Sep 2022

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Thousands of schools across Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed. (Photo credit: UNICEF)​​​​​​​

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 1 September 2022

Ukraine

The new academic year in Ukraine began today. According to the Government of Ukraine, over 40 per cent of schools started their studies online due to widespread damage to educational facilities and because learning spaces are used for other purposes including hosting internally displaced people.

As of 25 August, we and our partners have reached 260,000 children with educational services and learning materials, including repairs of learning spaces. However, this is only a fraction of what’s required as 5 million school children and educational personnel across Ukraine need support till the end of this year. Many students and teachers do not have the necessary equipment to continue learning, and thousands of teachers have fled the country in search of safety.

As of last week, we and our humanitarian partners have reached 12 million people with some form of aid including food, water, shelter, health services, and cash assistance. Over 550 partners are supporting the relief efforts compared to some 420 partners as of the end of July.

Across Ukraine, almost 18 million people need humanitarian assistance and protection. As of 1 September, the revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal, covering 10 months from the onset of the war, is 57 per cent funded.  US$2.46 billion out of requested $4.29 billion has been generously committed by donors. More financial support is needed to cover life-saving needs during the harsh winter months ahead.

Somalia

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has today started a mission in the Somalia.

Somalia is bracing for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season over the coming months. An estimated 1 million Somalis have been displaced by the drought, and more than 213,000 people face catastrophic food insecurity. There is an imminent risk of famine if crop and livestock production fail, food prices continue to rise, and those most in need do not get aid.

Mr. Griffiths will meet with affected communities, Government officials and partner organizations to support the urgent scale-up of the response. 

Aid groups on the ground are doing all they can to save lives and livelihoods. By the end of July, they had provided assistance to 5.3 million people.