Rift Valley Fever appears in decline in Kenya; conflict hampers control in Somalia – UN

The months-long outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Kenya appears to be in decline after more than 500 suspected cases, 169 of them fatal, there and in Somalia, the United Nations health agency reported today. In Somalia continued conflict is hampering control measures.

First cross-border transport of urgently needed aid reaches Somalis – UN

A truck was allowed to cross the Kenya-Somalia border to deliver much needed aid supplied by United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the small town of Dobley where thousands of Somalis are taking refuge from recent fighting.

Joint UN aid mission discusses humanitarian assistance in Somalia’s capital

United Nations officials travelled to Somalia’s war-ravaged capital of Mogadishu today to discuss aid and other issues with representatives from the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which ousted Islamist groups with Ethiopian help.

UN seeks to re-establish international aid operations in Somalia’s war-torn capital

The international aid community must immediately avail itself of the window of opportunity that now exists in Somalia after the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) drove Islamist groups out of Mogadishu, the capital, by setting up substantial operations in the city, a senior United Nations relief official warned today.

Somalia: UN agency prepares for permanent presence in north as refugee flow continues

The United Nations refugee agency is working on setting up the first permanent international presence in the Galkayo area of Somalia’s northern autonomous Puntland region since the 1990s to cope with an influx of 12,000 people who fled the latest fighting in the strife-torn country.

Secretary-General Ban concerned over humanitarian impact of US air strikes in Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the United States air strikes on Somalia, particularly their humanitarian impact, his spokesperson said today, adding that the world body is seeking more information on the attacks while also assessing the possibility of renewing emergency assistance to the strife-torn country and the thousands who need help at the border with Kenya.

UN envoy attends African Union meeting on Somalia

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today attended the Peace and Security Commission meeting in Addis Ababa of the African Union (AU), which is discussing responses to the situation in the troubled Horn of Africa country.

International grouping, including UN, says Somalia has ‘historic opportunity’

Meeting today for the first time since last week’s heavy fighting in Somalia, which may have given the Transitional Government of the long-troubled country the chance to establish its full authority, the International Contact Group for Somalia – which includes the United Nations – called the current moment “a historic opportunity.”