Almost 88,000 Somalis displaced during weekend violence in Mogadishu – UN

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that up to 88,000 people have fled Mogadishu this past weekend due to increased fighting – which is more than have left the Somali capital in the past four months.

UN envoy lauds peaceful end to crisis within Somali transitional government

The United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the peaceful conclusion of the crisis within the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and called on the country’s leaders to overcome the challenges facing the war-torn nation.

UN agencies team up to help Somali rape victims

Amid the chaos of fighting and displacement in Somalia, United Nations agencies are working to address the growing problem of sexual violence in the country, which has not had a functioning government since 1991 and where an upsurge in violence has forced thousands to flee their homes.

UN food aid officer released following six-day detention in Somalia

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the release in Mogadishu of its officer Idris Osman, who had been detained by authorities in the Somali capital since 17 October.

Scores more people killed by smugglers off Yemen’s coast, UN says

Scores of people seeking a better life have been reportedly killed by brutal human smugglers during the perilous Gulf of Aden journey from Somalia to Yemen, adding to a mounting annual death toll that is already in the hundreds, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UNESCO chief condemns assassination of Somali radio executive

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the assassination of Bashir Nor Gedi the chief executive of a popular radio station.

UN food agency chief deplores lack of security for aid workers in Sudan, Somalia

Following a spate of attacks on its staff in Somalia and Sudan, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today decried the lack of security for humanitarian workers in those countries.

Somalia: forced entry and detention of staff prompts UN agency to suspend aid

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended food distribution in the Somali capital after Government forces invaded the UN compound in Mogadishu today and abducted the local head of the agency in a move immediately condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Somalia: UN envoy hails Transitional Government moves on political inclusion

The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia today hailed a decision by the country’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to endorse the recommendations of the recently concluded National Reconciliation Congress on political inclusion.