Somalia

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 just the latest crisis facing Somalia

Devastating floods, desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic constitute a ‘triple threat’, that risks reversing political and security gains made in Somalia in recent years, the United Nations is warning.

Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.

Women ‘pay price’ of increased strains caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Somalia is a land facing problems on many fronts, from severe floods to desert locust swarms and terrorist attacks, but there’s an even darker threat, too: rising sexual violence amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the horrific rape of a young girl last week in the capital Mogadishu, it’s something that the UN wants to help the Government put a stop to more than ever, as Anders Thomsen from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 18 May 2020

  • UN chief renews call for solidarity as WHO warns ‘majority’ of world still at risk
  • Outrage over rape of four-year-old girl in Somalia
  • Connecting us all, a beacon of hope, says UN’s Guterres
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News in Brief 8 May 2020

  • Syria is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored, says UN human rights chief
  • Conflict and floods force tens of thousands to flee in Somalia, amid COVID-19 threat
  • Virus hunters continue search for animal link to COVID-19 infections in people
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UN appeals to all Somalis to ‘come together’ in fight against COVID-19 pandemic 

Like most countries in the world, Somalia is facing the unparalleled challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations system in the country noted on Tuesday, calling on its citizens to “unite” in stemming the spread.

Debt relief milestone in Somalia, as World Bank, IMF, call for global payment suspension in light of COVID-19 

The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief. 

Somalia: Further consensus-building needed ahead of ‘historic’ election

Lack of political consensus on national priorities could threaten further progress in Somalia which is preparing to hold its first “one-person, one-vote” election in 50 years, UN Special Representative James Swan told the Security Council on Monday. 

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

News in Brief 22 January 2020

  • Independent UN rights experts call for investigation into alleged Saudi hacking
  • UN chief welcomes formation of new Lebanese Government 
  • Somalia: Humanitarian response plan calls for $1 billion in aid  
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