News / Africa

UN Launches Annual $1.5 Billion Appeal for Somalia

Refugees from southern Somalia fill receptacles with rain water, at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, September 5, 2011.
Refugees from southern Somalia fill receptacles with rain water, at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, September 5, 2011.

The United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia Tuesday kicked off an annual appeal to assist Somalis affected by drought and war.

Mark Bowden terms Somalia’s combination of drought and warfare the most “complex and acute” crisis in the world, affecting four million people.

“We are literally on a knife-edge this year, said Bowden. "And if we do not sustain our operations, I think we could see serious problems develop [in] the areas that have recovered, perhaps moving back into famine-like conditions and also increasing displacement.”

The 2012 Somalia Consolidated Appeal Process, or CAP, is asking global donors for $1.5 billion to fund 350 projects operated by 148 humanitarian organizations.  These include U.N. agencies as well as national and international aid groups.

U.N. Coordinator Bowden, launching the appeal in Nairobi Tuesday, says the focus this year is to continue to support life-saving activities and longer-term measures such as access to food at reasonable prices.

“We have, I think, a robust strategy," said Bowden.  "This year, we will have to look at the issue of what we call ‘resilience.’  Basically, it is important that in our actions we try to preserve or re-establish peoples’ livelihoods to stop the long-term problems of displacement in Somalia that have been a critical factor for so long.”

Bowden called donors’ response to the 2011 appeal “outstanding” in the face of famine declared earlier this year in six parts of southern Somalia.

The 2012 appeal comes at a particularly difficult time in Somalia’s history.

The militant group al-Shabab, which has been battling African Union troops supporting the transitional government, last month banned 16 international aid agencies from operating in the territories it controls.  Al-Shabab accused the agencies of spying on behalf of Western entities.

But despite the ban, Bowden and sources on the ground say aid still gets through to affected populations.

The director of a Somali aid group called General Services Agency, who gives his first name as being Elias, explains how.

"It is workable," said Elias. "CAP funding can be pulled into Somalia.  It can be implemented by national agencies if international agencies cannot come into Somalia and operate freely.  National agencies can play the role of western agencies and deliver the humanitarian assistance.”

The United Nations says 250,000 people in Somalia are still facing famine, 450,000 children are acutely malnourished, and almost 300,000 Somalis fled hunger and warfare in 2011.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More