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Horn of Africa Crisis - 2011 — more than 1,000 found

Addis Ababa, 10 th August 2011 – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Jean Ping will make a one day visit to Dolo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia on the 11 th of August, 2011 to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground, when over twelve (12) million people are seeking for an urgent humanitarian assistance to survive.

Even as the withdrawal of militant Al-Shabaab forces marked a critical opportunity to reach Mogadishu’s starving population, fresh challenges — including insufficient manpower — now threatened humanitarian operations, said top officials during a Headquarters press conference today.


Thank you for the opportunity to brief you this morning on the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

Since our last briefing of 26 July the magnitude of the crisis has become even greater.


10 August 2011: A dwindling pool of rotten smelling water is all that is left of the massive reservoir that supported 34,000 people in drought-hit Nyango in Kenya.

Children come running down its slopes, shouting and laughing as they fill their buckets with filthy water for their families to drink.


Security Council
6599th Meeting (AM)

Envoy Says Sudden Withdrawal of Insurgents from Capital Opens Up Opportunities Well Ahead of Schedule; Deputy Relief Coordinator Says ‘We Cannot Let Somalis Down’

A complex amalgam in Somalia of accelerated political progress and the unexpected withdrawal of insurgents from the capital — amid a deadly famine devastating large swaths of the country — made increased international support to the nation urgent at this critical time, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council today.

Somali reporter who grew up in Dadaab refugee camp explains what residents want and need from local media.

Internews is conducting a joint assessment of information needs in the Dadaab refugee camp in Eastern Kenya. Known as the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab has taken on an influx of Somali refugees fleeing famine conditions in the Horn of Africa. More than 400,000 refugees are reported to be living in three camps, known collectively as Dadaab, with capacity for just 90,000.

WAM SHARJAH: Donors in the UAE will be able to directly contribute to emergency humanitarian efforts to save the lives of thousands of famine-struck people in Somalia and other drought-hit Horn of Africa countries, thanks to a telethon the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC) is launching next Friday.

DADAAB, Kenya, August 10 (UNHCR) – Her right leg is twisted outward at a 45-degree angle just below the kneecap. And when Bishara Hassan Hussein steps forward with her baby wrapped against her body, it seems as though she has a branch sticking out from her body. The leg throbs with a constant pain, especially when she walks fast or for long distances.

Although it is just nine days since Muna arrived she does not live with other new refugees on the outskirts of Dadaab, but in the comparative comfort of a room within the camp. As soon as she arrived, she managed to trace clan members, who let her use a room. Muna is 40 years old. She arrived with her seven children. She left her husband behind because the bus fare was too expensive for all of them. He let them go ahead, remaining behind to raise more money for his own trip. “I will join you soon,” he said as he waved them goodbye.

Author: Stephanie Hanson

Updated: August 10, 2011

  1. Introduction

  2. Leadership and Divisions

  3. Tactics and Motivations

  4. Links to al-Qaeda

  5. Future of the Organization

Read the full article on the site of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Interviewee: Rashid Abdi, Analyst, Horn of Africa, International Crisis Group

Interviewer: Jayshree Bajoria, Senior Staff Writer

August 10, 2011

A groundbreaking campaign called "I’m Gonna Be Your Friend" has launched, supported by many of the world’s most famous names in entertainment and their fans.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

Aimed at raising urgently needed funds for the millions of children in East Africa facing starvation, we hope to reach almost a billion people worldwide.

We want people to download a re-release 1973 Bob Marley & The Wailers song ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ and the accompanying short film by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald.

BALTIMORE, Md., August 10, 2011 - Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), have asked their brother bishops to encourage pastors and parishioners to support emergency relief efforts in the Horn of Africa, possibly by taking up a second collection.

Key Highlights

  • 162, 579 children aged 6-59 months vaccinated against measles in NE Kenya

  • Measles outbreak among refugees in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia

Déclaration de la porte-parole adjointe du ministère.

Dans le cadre de son action pour répondre à la crise alimentaire dans la corne de l’Afrique, la France envoie un avion de fret humanitaire à Djibouti mercredi 10 août. Il arrivera sur place à 18 heures locales.

Cet A 340 du ministère de la défense transporte 17,5 tonnes de suppléments alimentaires pour enfants mises à disposition par le ministère des affaires étrangères. Cette cargaison à destination des centres de santé de Djibouti permettra de secourir plus de 18 000 enfants malnutris.

Moins de quatre ans avant 2015, date limite fixée par les chefs d’État du monde en l’an 2000 pour réaliser les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement, c’est‐à‐dire éradiquer l’extrême pauvreté de la planète et réduire la faim de moitié, une nouvelle crise alimentaire dans la Corne de l’Afrique met en péril la vie de 12 millions de personnes.  

Less than four years from the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline - the date that world leaders gave themselves in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty from the planet and reduce hunger by half - a new food crisis in the Horn of Africa is threatening the lives of 12 million people.


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