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ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Humanitarian support for Somali refugees, IDPs and drought affected households, Somalia

Source: ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:06 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Preliminary Appeal

Somalia

Humanitarian support for Somali refugees, IDPs and drought affected households - SOM121

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 7,109,621

Geneva, 9 November 2012

Following the Horn of Africa drought in 2011, the 2012 weather conditions have been seemingly better. However, the damage from recurrent droughts, and decades of conflict, has had negative effects on people’s lives and livelihoods. The below-normal and uneven April to June Gu[1] rains, pest infestations, and other factors, led to a significantly below-average 2012 Gu harvest.  This has left more than 2 million Somali people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Areas most affected include:

  • the agro-pastoral areas in southern Somalia, notably Bay, Bakool, Hiran, Gedo, Lower and Middle Juba regions
  • the agro pastoral and pastoral areas of northern Somalia, notably Awdal and Sahil regions.

The food insecurity continues to cause hunger and displacement, resulting in increased pressure on already crowded IDP settlements around Mogadishu, and in urban areas of Somaliland.

While there are efforts to provide basic services to the refugee population in Dadaab refugee camps (451, 500 people[2])- 35,000 vulnerable refugees and 25,000 refugee children in Kambioos camp are in need of life-sustaining assistance.

ACT Somalia Forum has been implementing emergency and early recovery actions since August 2011 within ACT appeal, SOM111.  The response reached approximately 250,000 Somali people in South Central Somalia, Mogadishu and the Dadaab refugee camps.  

The support provided by ACT members included psychosocial support, WASH, protection of refugees, food assistance, provision of non-food items (NFIs), emergency shelter, emergency education and livelihood recovery interventions. Continued efforts are needed in 2012- 2013 to meet immediate life-saving needs, protect livelihoods, and build the resilience of vulnerable households.

Continued donor support for humanitarian response will also sustain the development gains already made and will also enable ACT members to utilise the opportunity created by the relative peace in the country, to implement more effective projects due to improved access.

The planned ACT response will aim at making stronger connections between life-saving emergency response and efforts to build people’s resilience to further shocks, as recommended by the ACT Horn of Africa Evaluation. The total number of people targeted is 591,283 people in localities of Somaliland, Puntland, Gedo region, Dadaab and Mogadishu region where ACT members are currently working.



[1] Gu is the main rainy season (April- July).

[2]. http://data.unhcr.org/horn-of-africa/region.php?id=3&country=110

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