Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Somalia: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Somalia - Preparedness and response plan COVID-19 - April 2020

Somalia has a fragile health system and limited capacity to respond and prevent potential spread of COVID-19

Situation Overview As of 5 April 2020, Somalia has seven confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. The Federal Government of Somalia has since activated various response measures including: establishment of national COVID-19 response committees; formation of an incident management system; temporarily suspension of incoming and outgoing international flights; and establishment…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus - Middle East/North Africa: UNHCR MENA COVID-19 Emergency Response Update

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is fast-evolving

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, and Turkey Key Figures 19 out of 20 UNHCR countries / operations are reporting COVID-19 cases in the region 16 million 2020 planning figure for people of…

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continues to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen despite COVID-19 constraints

More than 240,000 hectares treated and 740 personnel trained in affected countries since January 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Desert Locust upsurge continues to remain alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

International Rescue Committee mobilizes global response to combat spread of Coronavirus to world’s most vulnerable

With coronavirus spreading globally, and now confirmed in crisis-affected countries with International Rescue Committee (IRC) operations, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Burkina Faso and Venezuela, the IRC is ramping up its response to the outbreak with a focus on crisis zones with especially weak health systems. The IRC is providing life-saving programs…

Source: African Energy Chamber |

The U.S. is wronging Nigeria and the Energy Industry with Travel Ban (By NJ Ayuk)

Tanzania and Nigeria, particularly, are named by Washington as having failed to meet U.S. security and information sharing standards

By NJ Ayuk Including Nigeria in the U.S. travel ban is a political and economical mistake for Trump. It is difficult to come to terms with the United States’ decision to include Nigeria in the extension he made a few weeks ago to the infamous “Muslim Travel Ban”, which already…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

First major group of Ethiopian refugees return home from Kenya

The returnees were flown from Kakuma to the eastern Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa in two UNHCR-chartered flights

A group of 76 Ethiopian refugees have voluntarily returned home from Kenya’s Kakuma camp today. This marks the first major voluntary repatriation program for Ethiopian refugees in the country. The movement, supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, is part of a growing…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norwegian support for UN humanitarian aid efforts

In 2019, Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided funding to alleviate humanitarian crises in 47 countries, including Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen and Venezuela

The UN has announced an increase in humanitarian needs in 2020 due to protracted armed conflicts and more frequent extreme weather events. This year, Norway is providing NOK 420 million to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and NOK 90 million to the UN Office for the Coordination of…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appeals for urgent support to fight worsening Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa

Director-General says efforts need to be scaled up to prevent a humanitarian crisis

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today the Desert Locust upsurge in the Horn of Africa threatened to provoke a humanitarian crisis and appealed for urgent funding to tackle the outbreak in order to protect livelihoods and food security. The locust outbreak is the worst to strike Ethiopia and Somalia for…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Alarm over Desert Locusts increases as new generation of the destructive pests starts breeding in Horn of Africa

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns of an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that rising numbers of Desert Locusts present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa. According to FAO's latest update on the Desert Locust upsurge, the current situation would be further worsened by…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…