Somali chief’s visit to Puntland region opens way for national reconciliation – UN

Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed recent visit to the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland is a step forward on the path to national reconciliation in the faction-wracked country, a senior United Nations official said today.

Flow of Somalis fleeing famine starts to ebb – UN

Fewer people have been fleeing their homes in famine-wracked Somalia this month, with insecurity, restrictions by Al-Shabaab Islamic militants and delivery of on-site aid all apparently playing a role in the decrease, the United Nations reported today.

As starving Somalis flood into Ethiopia, UN sends in emergency aid team

The United Nations has deployed an emergency team to south-eastern Ethiopia where 18,000 new refugees fleeing drought, famine and conflict in Somalia have recently poured in, compounding a situation already fraught with high mortality from malnutrition and measles.

Somalia: ‘Disaster fatigue’ must not dull compassion for starving children – UN

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today made an impassioned appealed to the world to save an estimated 390,000 starving children in famine-ravaged regions of Somalia, saying the international community must not let the so-called “disaster fatigue” numb compassion and generosity.

Security Council urges all Somali groups to attend consultations on governance

The Security Council today stressed the need for all Somali groups to participate in next month’s consultative meeting convened to seek agreement on a roadmap on key priorities to be implemented over the next year by the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs).

Ban talks with rock star Bono on mobilizing aid for famine-wracked Horn of Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the need to mobilize international resources to counter famine in the Horn of Africa with Irish rock star Bono, a leader of the multi-partner Campaign ONE, which fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases in the world’s poorest places.

UN official voices concern over reports of rape of Somali women fleeing famine

The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence in times of conflict today voiced concern over reports that women and girls fleeing famine in Somalia were being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by bandits and other armed groups as they tried to reach refugee camps in Kenya.

Somalia’s education sector further threatened by famine exodus, UN warns

Immediate action and funding are urgently needed to prevent a dramatic worsening of the educational situation in war- and drought-wracked Somalia, where some 1.8 million children are already out of school, with a knock-on effect on access to health care, the United Nations warned today.

World must aid Somalia at historic juncture on its road to stability – UN envoy

Recent political and military improvements in war-torn Somalia offer an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress and great challenges, including from warlords and terrorists, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today, urging the world community to provide more financial and logistical support.

UN moves on two fronts to combat life-threatening famine in Horn of Africa

The United Nations is moving on two fronts to counter the worsening food crisis in the Horn of Africa, with an immediate infusion of food in an area where 640,000 children alone are threatened with acute malnutrition, and longer-term steps to spark an agricultural recovery.