Somalia: UN voices alarm over plight of trapped civilians as fighting intensifies

The United Nations today voiced alarm over the plight of Somali civilians caught up in the fighting pitting forces of the country’s transitional government, who are backed by African Union peacekeepers, against insurgents of the Al-Shabaab armed group.

Over 50 Somali refugees dead or missing in Gulf of Aden boat tragedy, UN reports

Over 50 Somali refugees, including women and children, apparently drowned when their boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday, the highest toll in more than three years in the perilous exodus of thousands fleeing fighting in their homeland, the United Nations reported today.

UN disappointed by three-year extension of Somalia’s transitional parliament

The top United Nations official for Somalia voiced disappointment today at the transitional parliament’s extension of its mandate by three years beyond the August deadline by which it was to enact a new constitution and hold general elections in the war-torn country.

UN humanitarian chief calls attention to drought crisis in Kenya and Somalia

Wrapping up a visit to Somalia and Kenya, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called attention to the crises in the two countries, where recurring droughts have deprived millions of already vulnerable people of their livelihoods, leaving them in need of assistance.

Somalia: UN launches new anti-piracy plan calling for greater global naval support

The United Nations today launched an action plan to combat piracy off the Somali coast, calling for greater support from national navies to fight a “global menace” that threatens not only international trade but the world body’s delivery of vital food aid to millions of hungry people.