UNHCR Drought Situation Response Update #11 – June 2023

  • The Horn of Africa continues to face a severe humanitarian crisis, with millions of people in need of assistance due to a combination of factors including drought, flooding, conflict, economic crisis, and inability to access basic needs.
  • The region has been hit by a series of droughts in recent years, leading to crop failure and a lack of water and food.
  • The region has also been hit by heavy rains in recent months leading to flooding which has caused widespread destruction and displacement exacerbating humanitarian needs. The floods have also led to further health risks, including concerns regarding waterborne diseases.
  • Acute malnutrition in the Somali region remains at an emergency level with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) at over 15 percent, Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) at over 2 percent, with Afder Zone showing one of the highest levels at 21.9 percent, according to the Nutrition Cluster. The nutrition situation outlook in the short-term to medium-term (six months) is less likely to improve as it will take some time for the drought-affected population to recover (OCHA Situation Report July 2023).
  • The UNHCR-supported protection desks at 32 IDP sites in Bossaso, Garowe, Gardo, and North Galkayo in Puntland, as well as Abudwak, Adado, Dhusamareeb Guriel, and South Galkayo in Galmudug, continued to serve as communication hubs, information centers, and referral points for the affected communities.
  • In Sool and Togdheer regions in Somaliland, UNHCR, through its partners, reached 1,759 drought-affected IDPs, of whom 20 persons with specific needs (PSN) were provided mobility devices, 43 received psychosocial counseling, and 1,045 benefited from information and awareness sessions on the inclusion of PSN in different humanitarian services.
  • In Somaliland, through different outreach activities, more than 338 individuals received information on available services and training on community-led messaging to tackle child protection and harmful social practices.
  • In Beletweyne, UNHCR, through its partners, distributed dignity kits to 350 women and girls of reproductive age.
  • Additionally, solar lamps were distributed to 100 vulnerable women, the elderly, persons with specific needs, and GBV survivors.
  • In Beletweyne, UNHCR, through its partner, trained 50 humanitarian partners and government counterparts (30 female and 20 male), covering topics on protection mainstreaming, protection needs assessment, and the development of area-based action plans to improve coordination of protection response.
  • As part of its drought response, UNHCR in Beletweyne, through its partner, distributed multipurpose cash assistance to 345 IDP HHs (2,070 individuals). Each family received a one-time payment of USD 100 to meet their basic needs.
  • In Guriel district, Galmudug State, UNHCR, through its partner, distributed individualized protection cash assistance to 955 individuals (845 female and 101 male), including GBV survivors, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, people living with disabilities, and child mothers, among others. Each beneficiary received a one-time payment of USD 150. The recipients were referred by protection desks, after which assessment and verification were conducted by UNHCR’s partner.

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