Somalia: four men arrested but UN-chartered food aid ship remains in pirates’ hands

Authorities in northern Somalia today arrested four men alleged to be part of a group that hijacked a United Nations-contracted food aid ship, but the vessel itself and its 12-member crew still remained in the hands of the pirates six miles off the coast.

Pirates hijack UN food ship off Somalia

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked a United Nations-chartered ship with its 12-member crew shortly after it unloaded 1,800 metric tonnes of food aid and equipment - the fourth such attack on UN supply vessels off the East African country in 20 months.

Somalia: UN envoy appeals to Muslim States to help bring peace and reconciliation

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today called on Muslim countries to redouble their efforts to promote stability and reconciliation in the war-ravaged State which has seen a sharp rise in fighting, especially in Mogadishu, since the Transitional Government ousted Islamist groups with Ethiopian help two months ago.

Security Council authorizes African-led peace mission in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council today authorized the African Union to establish a mission in Somalia aimed at helping the war-ravaged country, which has not had a functioning government for over a decade and a half, to achieve national reconciliation and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Displaced people leaving Somalia’s capital in face of violence – UN

A steady flow of displaced persons is leaving the Somali capital, Mogadishu, to escape insecurity and violence there, the United Nations reported today.

UN agencies rush aid to fight deadly illness in flood-ravaged Somalia

Although the waters are receding in impoverished and strife-torn central and southern Somalia after months of flooding, United Nations agencies are working to deal with a surge in deadly diarrhoea and malaria caused by stagnant and contaminated water sources, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Somalia: UN rights expert calls for release of arrested journalists, end of threats to media

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for the unconditional release of three journalists arrested in Somalia and voiced “deep concern” at the temporary closing of radio and television stations, stressing the vital importance of free media in bringing peace to the war-torn country.

Somalia: UN envoy calls for increased dialogue among warring parties

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia met today with key officials to discuss how to promote enduring peace and development in the war-ravaged country, which has not had a functioning government since the toppling of Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991.

Security Council calls for UN technical visit to Somalia ahead of peace mission

Renewing its support for the planned deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia, the Security Council today called for the rapid dispatch of a United Nations technical mission to assess security needs in the war-wracked country.

Displaced Somalian families find new homes with UN assistance

Under an ambitious pilot programme in the northern Somalian port city of Bosaso, United Nations agencies, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and local communities have joined forces to relocate 120 internally displaced families who have fled intense fighting as well as 30 local poor families.