Militia members, holding guns and standing on a truck with a heavy machine gun, cast shadows against a wall in central Somalia. They have been hired by the local government to provide security in the community. Though the immediate area is currently peaceful, nearby hostilities are present a constant threat to stability.

By April 2009 in Somalia, drought and armed conflicts had displaced some 1.2 million people, contributing to a nutrition crisis that leaves one in six children under the age of five acutely malnourished. The country remains one of the three poorest in the world, and is the second-worst affected by recent volatility in food prices. Forty-three per cent of the population  including 1.4 million children  requires humanitarian assistance, but chronic conflict among armed groups limits humanitarian access to vulnerable populations. UNICEF and partners currently provide water to 250,000 displaced people and nutritional support to over 100,000 children per month. Nevertheless, over 300,000 children are expected to experience acute malnutrition over the course of the year. The region worst affected by the drought and conflict is the Central and Southern Zone, where humanitarian aid workers are also being targeted.

聯合國兒童基金會發佈《6個月地區進展報告》 「非洲之角」近日取得進展 但前景仍不樂觀

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2012年4月11日 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)2011年在「非洲之角」採取的大規模人道救援行動雖成功阻截饑荒蔓延,但當地最新狀況正威脅進展成果。 「非洲之角」大部分地區在3月至5月的雨量依然低於正常水平。而索馬里持續的暴力衝突及肯尼亞部分地區對救援人員的襲擊,亦大大窒礙了人道救援行動的進度。本年度,UNICEF呼籲港幣32.3億元(即4.14億美元)的善款,以繼續支持及穩定當地的救援行動。 想了解更多UNICEF的重建工作及進展,請參閱《6個月地區進展報告:非洲之角救援行動》。(只提供英文版本)

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2011年11月3日 概況 索馬里 南索馬里局勢不穩及持續降雨,令救援行動受阻。衝突亦導致人口流動日益加劇。 自1月以來,共318,262名兒童已被送往聯合國兒童基金會的營養中心接受治療,其中有126,131名嚴重營養不良的兒童和192,131名中度營養不良的兒童。 摩加迪沙的麻疹疫苗注射行動已完成,涵蓋了計劃中16個地區的14個,有2個地區由於安全問題未能進入。初步報告顯示,本會的行動亦惠及很多兒童,包括從未接種過疫苗的兒童。 本周,共有386,826人獲得清潔食水,1,860人獲得衞生設施。 拜州、希蘭、巴科勒、巴納迪爾、中、下謝貝利,下朱巴和蓋多地區的354所兒童友好家園讓31,933名兒童(14,376名女童和17,557名男童)獲得教育、康樂活動,同時亦受到[...]
The Duchess of Cambridge (L) receives flowers from two local girls on her arrival at UNICEF's  Supply Division, Copenhagen. 

2. November 2011, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen
 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Catherine) accompanied by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark (Frederik and Mary) made a special visit to the UNICEF global supply centre in Copenhagen to help maintain the world’s attention on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, which has left more than 320,000 children so severely malnourished that they are at imminent risk of death unless they get urgent help.
 
UNICEF’s supply centre includes a warehouse the size of three football pitches where essential supplies for children around the globe are sourced, packed and distributed. These include food, water, special nutritional supplies for the most malnourished children, vaccines, education materials and emergency medical kits.
 
Whilst at the supply centre both couples were briefed on the desperate situation in the region by UNICEF specialists. The royal couples then joined UNICEF warehouse staff on packing line, and helped to pack emergency health kits, ready to be sent to East Africa. Each kit will provide life-saving supplies to over 1000 people.
 
The Duke and Duchess and the Crown Prince and Princess then toured the warehouse, seeing the huge variety of supplies that are sent to emergencies around the world, including ready-to-use therapeutic food for severely malnourished children under five years old and supplementary food to support-families, emergency health kits, vaccines and water supplies including water purification tablets.
 
At the end of their visit the Duke of Cambridge said “An incredible amount is being done. UNICEF is leading the way and doing a fantastic job, but sadly there’s lots more still to do, and that’s why we’re here today”
 
To donate to UNICEF East Africa Appeal please visit www.eastafricacrisis.org

威廉王子伉儷到訪聯合國兒童基金會哥本哈根物流中心 呼籲全球關注活在險境的東非兒童

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2011年11月3日 英國皇室、劍橋公爵威廉王子及公爵夫人凱瑟琳王妃於昨日下午,專程到訪聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)的救援行動根據地——哥本哈根全球物流中心,以行動呼籲公眾關注東非的人道危機,繼續向逾320,000名徘徊死亡邊緣的嚴重營養不良兒童伸出援手。 UNICEF全球物流中心的倉庫面積相當於3個足球場,負責供應、包裝及分發救援物資至全球各地,幫助有需要的兒童。當中包括食物、食水、治療營養不良兒童的特別營養補給品、疫苗、教材及緊急醫療包。 在當地下午2時半,UNICEF供應部主任Shanelle Hall女士親自迎接甫抵位於哥本哈根自由港的UNICEF全球物流中心的威廉王子及凱瑟琳王妃。威廉公爵伉儷在丹麥皇室伉儷的陪同下,展開了歷時一整天的考察。 Amanda[...]

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2011年10月27日 概況 索馬里 拜州、巴科勒、希蘭、中朱巴和下謝貝利共有85,386戶(約 512,316人),其中包括102,463名五歲以下兒童,受惠於每月糧食配給。 本年一月至今,聯合國兒童基金會的營養中心已治療103,163名嚴重營養不良的兒童和178,580名中度營養不良的兒童。此外,39,395戶(236,370人)已接受濕食療。 摩加迪沙的麻疹疫苗注射計劃於10月26日正式開始,計劃針對75萬名6個月至15歲的兒童。自7月以來,聯合國兒童基金會/世界衞生組織及其合作夥伴在摩加迪沙、拜多阿境營地、蓋多、Galgaduud、穆杜格、下朱巴州和希蘭地區,為超過100萬名6個月至15歲的兒童接種麻疹疫苗(目標為290萬) ;又為935,811名6-59個月[...]
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聯合國兒童基金會發佈《三個月地區進展報告》 「非洲之角」糧食危機尚未結束

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  2011年10月21日 「非洲之角」索馬里部分地區宣佈爆發饑荒距今已經3個月了,連月來,雖然國際社會的援助已令「非洲之角」的災情漸見改善,但現時在當地仍有數百萬名兒童因為營養不良或其他疾病,時刻面對着死亡的威脅。聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)今日發佈了《三個月地區進展報告:非洲之角救援行動──一個威脅着性命、生存與生活的危機》,總結了這些月來UNICEF的救援工作及成效。 「我們已在索馬里、鄰近國家的難民營,還有肯尼亞、埃塞俄比亞、吉布提等持續受到乾旱、物價飇升及衝突所影響的地區,拯救了很多兒童的生命。」UNICEF東南非地區主任、「非洲之角」國際緊急救援指揮Elhadj As Sy先生在報告中指出:「由於是次災難的規模極大,我們必需在提升即時援助同時[...]