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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Somalia, Haiti, and occupied Palestinian territory – OCHA

<!– June 2022, Bainet, South-East department, Haiti (Photo credit: OCHA/Christian Cricboom)
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 August 2022
Somalia
Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has released US$10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to ramp up emergency aid in Somalia. 
The funds will help humanitarian agencies get supplies and staff in place as soon as humanly possible to help avert a further catastrophe in Somalia. We need all hands-on deck and all resources mobilized to prevent famine.
Catastrophic levels of food insecurity have been declared for the first time since 2017 in Somalia, with 213,000 people in famine-like conditions. The number of people who are acutely food insecure has risen to 7.8 million. An estimated 1.5 million children under 5 face acute malnutrition. They include 386,400 who will require emergency nutrition treatment to survive.
Humanitarians have reached over 4 million people with food and nutrition interventions, and health, water and sanitation, protection, shelter and education assistance in the first half of this year. 
With this latest funding, CERF has allocated a total of $41 million to the drought response in Somalia this year. Mr. Griffiths warned that the clock is running down for people in Somalia and action must be stepped up now.
Haiti
Mr. Griffiths has also allocated $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help meet humanitarian needs caused by gang violence in Haiti.
Since July, hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between gangs in Haiti’s Cité Soleil. Many others have been trapped in the fighting, cutting off their access to drinking water, food and health care. Overall, OCHA estimates that nearly 280,000 people are affected by this situation.
Funding through the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme will provide food, drinking water, health care and education support to more than 100,000 people.
The high level of insecurity is compromising humanitarians’ access to affected people, for example for food or cash distributions. Insecurity is also compromising access to basic services such as health and education for at least 1 to 1.5 million people who are trapped in gang-controlled neighbourhoods in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. An estimated 4.9 million Haitians – about 43 per cent of the total population, need humanitarian assistance this year.
The Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan, asking US$373 million, is currently 14 per cent funded.
occupied Palestinian territory
In the occupied Palestinian territory, UN agencies and the Association of International Development Agencies yesterday issued a statement urging the Government of Israel to allow human rights and humanitarian organizations to continue their work.
Yesterday [18 August], Israeli Forces broke into, searched and sealed the offices of seven Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations in Ramallah in Area A of the occupied West Bank. Their property was confiscated and destroyed and military orders closing the offices were left at the premises.
The United Nations and its partners take seriously allegations of funding terrorism and the Israeli designations of these organizations as “terror organizations” and/or “unlawful”. Despite offers to review the allegations to determine if funds have been diverted, Israeli authorities have not given any compelling evidence to the United Nations Agencies nor its NGO partners working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to support these designations. Several Member States recently announced that the evidence which was shared with them does not justify the designations.
The attempted closures of these organization offices represent the latest in a series of actions by Israel that are further limiting the ability of human rights, humanitarian and development work in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which affect all institutions working to promote human rights, development and delivering assistance.
More information is available in the statement.
World Humanitarian Day
Today is World Humanitarian Day. This year, the humanitarian community commemorates the 461 aid workers who were victims in 268 major attacks last year.
These attacks killed 141 aid workers, the highest number since 2013. 203 aid workers were seriously injured and 117 kidnapped. So far this year, 168 aid workers have been attacked, leading to 44 deaths.
To mark the day,  OCHA is running a campaign to honour humanitarian workers.
Under the theme #ItTakesAVillage, the campaign focuses on the diverse set of actors who come together to help people in times of greatest need.
World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 aid workers.
 

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