UN deplores murder of three aid workers in Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the killing today of two staff members and a colleague with a partner organization in Somalia, an act of violence the agency says illustrates the risks that relief workers face in one of the world’s most dangerous places.

UN agency alarmed by series of blasts in camps for Somali refugees in Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm over a spate of deadly attacks using explosive devices in camps in Kenya that shelter more than 460,000 refugees, the majority of them from Somalia.

Somalia: UN and partners urge leaders to end stand-off over Speaker

A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union and a regional organization has urged Somalia’s transitional institutions to quickly resolve a political stand-off triggered by last week’s passing by Parliament of a vote of no-confidence against the Speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.

Ethiopia opens additional camp for Somali refugees – UN agency

Hundreds of refugees in southern Ethiopia have been relocated from an overcrowded transit centre to a new camp, the fifth one in the area for Somalis fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Conflict now major cause for displacement in Somalia, says UN refugee agency

Insecurity and conflict due to insurgency is now one of the main causes for displacement in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that constant fighting is also hampering aid efforts in the country.

Somalia’s leaders commit to UN process to end recruitment of child soldiers

The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today secured a commitment from top officials in Somalia’s transitional Government to start a process to end the recruitment and use of children in the country’s armed forces.

UN reports three areas in Somalia have emerged from famine

The United Nations reported today that three areas in Somalia which were declared to be in a state of famine earlier this year have emerged from the dire food crisis as a result of scaled-up relief delivery, but warned that the situation remains critical for millions of people in the Horn of Africa country.

UN agencies boost aid efforts to help Somalis hit by floods, famine and insecurity

United Nations humanitarian agencies announced today that they are stepping up their support for Somalia as the country faces the combined impact of heavy rains, widespread famine and continuing insecurity in the streets.

Somalia: UN envoy calls for African peacekeeping force to reach full strength

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has stressed the need to bring the strength of the African Union peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to the 12,000 troops mandated by the Security Council, adding that the force also needs the capacity to deal with unconventional tactics of war.

Security Council calls for regional cooperation to fight piracy in Somalia

The Security Council renewed its call today for tougher anti-piracy measures in Somalia and the wider region, urging all countries to adopt laws and cooperate with international organizations to accelerate the prosecution and punishment of piracy.