Somalia: top UN envoy calls for release of kidnapped aid workers

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia has called for the release of two female staff members of the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontières who have been abducted in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation.

Thousands more flee Mogadishu as fighting continues, says UN

An additional 10,000 people have reportedly fled Somalia’s capital Mogadishu due to ongoing fighting which has claimed the lives of at least six people and injured some 50 others this week alone, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Somalia: Security Council appeals for dialogue towards national reconciliation

The Security Council today called on all sides in Somalia to use peaceful means to consolidate peace in the East African nation that has not had a functioning national government since 1991.

Somalia: UNICEF urges safe access to help wounded children and women

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged all sides to the current conflict raging in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu to allow safe access for women and children across checkpoints so they can receive life-saving medical care.

Independent UN rights expert concerned at expulsion of journalists in Somalia

An independent United Nations human rights expert today expressed concern at recent reports that authorities in the self-declared Somaliland have ordered 24 journalists to leave the region of northern Somalia within the next few days.

Somalia: UNICEF immunizes 100,000 children and women in camps

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to immunize approximately 100,000 internally displaced Somalis living in camps along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor this week.

UN food agency provides meals in Somali capital for first time in 15 years

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have started providing meals to tens of thousands of people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu in a first since Somalia's 1993 emergency.