Vincent Cochetel, Regional Representative at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke about drought and famine in Africa, particularly in Somalia. He talked about the extent of the natural disaster, political instability in the region, and the extent of the refugee crisis. He also focused on the logistics of providing aid to refugees and victims and the role of the international community. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Over 40,000 refugees have arrived at the Dadaab refugee complex since the start of June, bringing the estimated population of the camps to 440,000 people. Additionally, more than 78,000 Somalis have arrived in southern Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area since January, overwhelming reception capacities in this remote location.
In Somalia, UNHCR on Monday landed its first airlift in Mogadishu in more than five years. It carried plastic sheets, sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and kitchen sets for internally displaced people to collect and carry food. A further airlift is expected on Thursday, followed by a third flight next week carrying high energy biscuits.
By the end of August, the UN Refugee Agency plans to deliver aid to up to 180,000 people in Mogadishu and south-central Somalia – areas affected by a mix of conflict, drought and famine. However, the delivery of this much-needed aid is being hampered by the volatile security situation.
Get a key (a Blue Key pin or pendant is only $5) and wear it to show you are a part of a growing community of refugee advocates and champions.
Already have your key? Consider donating a tweet a day to USA for UNHCR to help raise awareness on Twitter.
Connect With Us
- Alek Wek's Journey Home
- blue key
- blue key champions
- Corporate Partnerships
- Photo Friday
- refugee awareness
- refugee news
- refugee stories
- staff stories
- UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie
- UNHCR Goodwill Envoy Khaled Hosseini
- UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
- World Refugee Day
Tags#bluekey angelina jolie awareness bloggers blue key Blue Key champions children dadaab donate egypt ethiopia families famine help horn of africa how to help how to help refugees kenya libya photos refugee refugee awareness refugees refugee stories resettlement show support social media somalia south sudan sudan support symbol tunisia tweetathon twitter UNHCR united nations united states UN refugee agency USA USA for UNHCR video videos women world refugee day