Somalia

Aid reaches hundreds of thousands in Somalia, but difficulties persist, UN says

Aid has been distributed to more than 90 per cent of the nearly 400,000 people displaced by recent fighting in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, though considerable humanitarian difficulties persist, the United Nations said today.

Despite continued insecurity, more UN relief flows to Somalia

A second round of food distribution for some 32,000 people displaced by violence in Somalia has begun despite continuing volatility, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali radio journalists

The Director-General of UNESCO, , today condemned the killing of two Somali radio journalists Abshir Ali Gabre and Ahmed Hassan Mahad in Middle Shabelle province on 16 May and called for improved safety of journalists in the country.

Somalia, in desperate need, must not be abandoned – UN humanitarian chief

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today appealed to the Security Council to step up its efforts to quell the violence and end the suffering in Somalia.

Somalia: Pirates attack UN aid ship, prompting call for action

Following a deadly attack on an aid ship in the waters off Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for international action against piracy, warning that it is seriously threatening relief deliveries to the country.

UN increases food deliveries in Somalia amid piracy

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a distribution of food to 122,500 Somalis affected by violence while warning that piracy is hampering its operations.

UN officials pay tribute to Ugandan peacekeepers after 4 die in Somalia

Top United Nations officials paid tribute to Ugandan troops from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, after four of their number died and several others were injured in an attack today in the violence-torn capital, Mogadishu.

In Mogadishu, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urges aid to civilians

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today became the highest-ranking UN official to visit Somalia's capital Mogadishu since the early 1990s, and amid continued violence called for increased relief aid to civilians there.

Somalia: UN envoy urges reconciliation during meetings in Mogadishu

The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia today held meetings in the capital, Mogadishu, with top leaders, urging them to take measures aimed at promoting stability in the country, where relative calm has recently returned following the worst violence there in 16 years.

UN food agency starts food distribution in battle-scarred Somali capital

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has distributed aid to 16,000 people in the most ravaged districts of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, which has suffered the worst fighting seen there in 16 years.