Somalia: UN-backed project registers 57,000 out-of-school children in Puntland

In only two months, some 57,000 out-of-school children in northeast Somalia have been registered -- by youngsters their own age -- in a United Nations-sponsored initiative to get children in the war-torn country involved in the Back to School campaign.

UN envoy heads to Ethiopia, Egypt to help advance Somalia’s stalled peace talks

With Somalia’s transitional authorities deadlocked over the government’s location and the deployment of foreign peacekeepers, a senior United Nations official will hold consultations this weekend with the heads of regional organizations aimed at healing a rift that has stalled the latest attempt to re-establish a central authority in the war-shattered Horn of Africa nation.

UN rights expert on visit to Somalia to assess women’s status, freedom of speech

A United Nations human rights expert has begun an 11-day mission to East Africa to look into a variety of rights issues in Somalia, including the status of women, freedom of speech and opinion, prison conditions and the administration of justice.

Hijacked UN food ship still held off Somali coast despite pact for its release

Hijackers off the Somali coast are still holding a ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), its 10-member crew, and 850 tons of rice for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, more than seven weeks after seizing them, despite an agreement earlier this month for their release, the agency said today.

Nearly one million Somalis face humanitarian crisis, warns UN report

Close to one million Somalis need urgent humanitarian assistance through the end of 2005, including help with food, shelter, health and livelihoods, yet the United Nations appeal to address the situation faces a 57 per cent funding shortfall.

Repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya resumes after two-year break – UN

The first airlifts from Kenya to Somalia in two years left Dadaab in Kenya this week, bringing dozens of Somali refugees home to the north after more than a decade in exile, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN warns HIV/AIDS could become major problem in Somalia without fast action

The United Nations today reported that HIV/AIDS will soon become a major health problem in war-wracked Somalia without concerted efforts to contain the factors fuelling the epidemic such as low rates of education, transfusion of unsafe blood, and prostitution.

Accord reached for release of hijacked UN food aid ship in Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an agreement with local leaders and Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) for the release of an agency-chartered ship, its 10-member crew and its cargo after it was hijacked off the coast six weeks ago while bringing aid to tsunami victims.

UN envoy offers plan to re-start talks on government reconciliation in Somalia

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia has presented Somali leaders with an “agenda for dialogue” aimed at helping them overcome the current differences within the transitional federal authorities on the way forward, particularly on the relocation of the fledgling government from Kenya to Somalia.

Somalia: UN envoy wraps up visit, Government pledges to work to end rift

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has wrapped up private talks in the town of Jowhar with senior Somali officials who pledged to work with the UN to heal the rift over the government’s location and the deployment of foreign peacekeepers that stalled the latest attempt to re-establish a central authority in the war-shattered Horn of Africa nation.