French offer to protect food ships from pirates off Somalia welcomed by UN

Faced with the risk of mounting piracy off the coast of Somalia at a time when it is increasing its shipments to feed over a million hungry people in the strife-torn country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed France’s offer to provide naval escorts to protect its vessels.

New UN envoy to Somalia holds first meetings in Mogadishu

The newly appointed United Nations envoy to Somalia arrived today in country’s capital, Mogadishu, for talks with leaders of the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) in a bid to encourage national reconciliation.

Thousands of Somali children at risk of dying from malnutrition, UNICEF warns

Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country.

Atrocities mark start of new people-smuggling season across Gulf of Aden, UN reports

People-smuggling boats from Somalia have once again taken to the Gulf of Aden in the perilous annual exodus to Yemen, despite bad weather conditions, amid reports of new deadly atrocities committed by smugglers against the migrants, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN agency fears resumption of deadly exodus from Africa across Gulf of Aden

Thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis have already gathered in a northern Somalia port preparing to brave the perilous trip across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen when good weather returns, prompting fears among United Nations refugee officials that the new people-smuggling season will be as bad as the last, when nearly 400 died.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of another Somali journalist

Condemning the murder of a radio journalist in Somalia, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for urgent measures to halt attacks on media professionals in the country.

Top UN envoy congratulates Somalis on conclusion of reconciliation debate

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today lauded the success of the national reconciliation summit, which ended today, but cautioned that much work remains to foster better internal relations in the war-ravaged country.

With 1.2 million Somalis in need of food, UN agency appeals for $22 million

With below-normal rains, an influx of displaced people, insecurity and worsening health conditions sparking a “dramatic deterioration” in Somalia's Shabelle region, long viewed as the strife-torn country's breadbasket, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $22.4 million to feed 1.2 million people and avoid a looming break in food supplies.

UN refugee agency provides aid for 5,000 displaced Somalis

The United Nations refugee agency has provided basic supplies to some 5,000 displaced people living in makeshift shelters in the southern Somalia town of Baidoa, a market area and seat of the country’s interim parliament, while cautioning that more assistance is necessary.

Security Council extends African mission in Somalia, plans for possible UN force

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend the African Union-led mission in Somalia by six months while approving continued contingency planning for a possible United Nations peacekeeping operation in the war-ravaged country.