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3 April 2012

David Orr, East, Central and Southern Africa Spokesman for the World Food Program, told the HPR that because of conflict in Somalia, there has been a lack of humanitarian access to the affected areas. (..) Some critics believe governments are not doing enough to provide aid to developing countries. Others are against foreign assistance altogether. While assistance can often be categorized as aid in emergency contexts, the World Food Program actually focuses heavily on combining work and food initiatives.


30 March 2012

Officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, north-western Somalia, are appealing for food aid and potable water for thousands of families who have lost their livelihoods in the current drought. (..) In February, WFP provided food assistance to nearly 150,000 people in Somaliland, according to Challiss McDonough, WFP's Senior Spokesperson for East, Central and Southern Africa. (..) About 48,000 people also received food through the school meals programme; at least 42,000 received assistance through WFP’S food-for-assets programme and 8,000 others from its food-for-work activities.


30 March 2012

Officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, north-western Somalia, are appealing for food aid and potable water for thousands of families who have lost their livelihoods in the current drought. (..) In February, WFP provided food assistance to nearly 150,000 people in Somaliland, according to Challiss McDonough, WFP's Senior Spokesperson for East, Central and Southern Africa. (..) About 48,000 people also received food through the school meals programme; at least 42,000 received assistance through WFP’S food-for-assets programme and 8,000 others from its food-for-work activities.


30 March 2012

Officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, north-western Somalia, are appealing for food aid and potable water for thousands of families who have lost their livelihoods in the current drought. (..) In February, WFP provided food assistance to nearly 150,000 people in Somaliland, according to Challiss McDonough, WFP's Senior Spokesperson for East, Central and Southern Africa. (..) About 48,000 people also received food through the school meals programme; at least 42,000 received assistance through WFP’S food-for-assets programme and 8,000 others from its food-for-work activities.


23 March 2012

The European Union prolonged its counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia by two years on Friday, until December 2014, and extended its range to include Somali coastal territory. The operation, called Atalanta, seeks to protect World Food Programme vessels delivering food aid to displaced people in Somalia, as well as to combat piracy off the Somali coast.


6 March 2012

The U.N. Security Council expressed grave concern on Monday at the threat posed by Somali pirates and extremist groups as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned the African state's humanitarian situation would likely deteriorate again in the coming months. (..) On top of the security situation, a seven-month famine has killed tens of thousands in south and central Somalia, much of which is controlled by Islamist militants. The United Nations said last month the famine had ended, but more than 2.3 million Somalis, almost a third of the population, are still in need of aid.


24 February 2012

World leaders pledged new help to tackle terrorism and piracy in Somalia, but insisted Thursday that the troubled East African nation must quickly form a stable government and threatened penalties against those who hamper its progress.


21 February 2012

At a time of domestic austerity, why is the government using up its resources on trying to bring peace to a country widely dismissed as a "failed state", which has already seen more than 15 attempts to end the fighting? (..) If Somalia had a functioning government, the effects of the drought would have been far less severe and thousands of lives would have been saved.


13 February 2012

The climatic conditions linked to the drought in the Horn in 2011 have persisted, and some early warning officials say the aid community should brace themselves for a possible re-run of last year's food crisis. (..) However, in their forecast, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says they expect the impact of the La Niña to wane over March to May 2012, which is the major rainfall period for pastoral and agricultural areas of northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and most of Somalia, accounting for 50 - 60 percent of annual rainfall.


13 February 2012

Imagine if you were a child living in the Gebo and Bay regions of Somalia last summer. Instead of having the opportunity to go to school in the fall you were trapped in a massive drought zone. (..) Thousands of residents of Gebo and Bay are now in the Kobe and Hilaweyn refugee camps in Ethiopia and depending on relief from aid agencies. (..) The school meal program, with supplies from the UN World Food Programme, will improve child nutrition.