Somalia: thousands flee Mogadishu amid renewed violence, UN reports

Escalating violence in Mogadishu this month has forced more than 3,500 people to flee the Somali capital in recent weeks, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

UN appeals to Kenya to allow food into Somalia

The United Nations food relief agency today appealed to Kenyan authorities to allow assistance for more than 100,000 people to be trucked into Somalia, where piracy is hampering deliveries by sea.

Somalia: Security Council stresses need for contingency planning for UN mission

The Security Council today signalled the need for contingency planning for a new United Nations mission in Somalia, which has been wracked by violent clashes and massive displacement in recent months but where observers also see hope for reconciliation.

Top UN political official sees fragile chance for peace in ‘shattered’ Somalia

Seizing a fragile opportunity for peace in “shattered” Somalia will require more international troops on the ground, greater outreach by the Government to political opponents and a constructive role by the neighbouring countries, the United Nations’ top political official said Monday in Addis Ababa while wrapping up a tour of the Horn of Africa.

Visiting Somalia, UN’s top political official urges reconciliation

During an unannounced visit to Mogadishu today, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs expressed solidarity with the people of Somalia while encouraging the leaders of the Transitional Federal Government to reach out to their opponents for the sake of peace and reconciliation in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.

UN, other members of Somalia support group call for cessation of hostilities

The United Nations and other members of a group supporting peace and reconciliation efforts in Somalia today called on all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities and protect civilians in the war-ravaged country.

UN fund’s $3 million donation facilitates aid flights in Somalia

A $3 million contribution from a United Nations humanitarian fund will help facilitate the delivery of badly needed aid to Somalia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Nearly one quarter of Somalis fleeing Mogadishu violence have returned – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today said that nearly a quarter of the hundreds of thousands of people who fled deadly fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu since this February have gone back but insecurity is preventing more returns.