UNESCO alarmed by growing violence against journalists in Somalia

The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today voiced grave concern at the growing violence against the media in Somalia following the murder of two journalists and the injuring of a third.

With two more journalists killed in Somalia, UN urges ‘decisive action’ to protect media

A senior United Nations official has called for decisive action to ensure the freedom and safety of the media in Somalia following the weekend killing of two prominent journalists in the strife-torn Horn of Africa country.

Somalia: top UN envoy calls for opposition groups to join reconciliation debate

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Somalia François Lonsény Fall today called on the war-ravaged East African nation’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to invite opposition groups to join the reconciliation meeting currently under way in the capital Mogadishu.

UN refugee agency launches $48 million appeal for Somalis fleeing violence

Hoping to gain access to more Somalis who have been forced to flee recent violence in their country, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for $48 million to alleviate their plight.

Security Council extends mandate for group tracking Somali arms flows

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution extending by six months the mandate of a group of experts monitoring the flow of arms to and through Somalia.

Fresh fighting forces thousands more to flee homes in Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that renewed violence has forced 10,000 people to flee Mogadishu over the last week, reversing a trend where those displaced from the conflict-torn Somali capital had been returning.

UN experts urge action to facilitate food aid deliveries to malnourished Somalis

With insecurity, massive displacement and piracy hampering efforts to delivery food aid to Somalis suffering from malnutrition, two independent United Nations experts today urged international action to address the problem.

Somalia: UN agencies urge end to piracy

Piracy off the cost of Somalia is threatening commercial shipping and fishing while impeding the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of Somalis, the heads of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said jointly today in an appeal for action to halt the practice.

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.