Somalia

Somalis fleeing insecurity at home find more insecurity in Yemeni ‘haven’ – UN

Some of the nearly 200,000 Somalis who have sought refuge in Yemen from violence and famine in their own country are now considering going back home due to worsening security in the Arabian Peninsula nation, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Somalia has best chance for peace in years, says UN envoy

Somalis currently have a rare opportunity to advance peace in their country and establish a fully functioning government, says the United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation.

UN expert calls for added protection of civilians after suicide attack in Somalia

A United Nations independent expert on human rights called today on the international community to deploy a supplementary force to protect Somali civilians after yesterday’s deadly suicide bombing in Mogadishu that left at least 65 people dead and more than 150 others injured.

Security Council calls for increase in African peace force in Somalia to 12,000

The Security Council today called on the African Union to urgently increase the strength of its peacekeeping force in Somalia to its mandated level of 12,000 to enable it to better carry out its UN-authorized mandate to stabilize the war-torn country.

Famine warning signs must never again be ignored, as they were in Somalia – UN

Stressing that the warning signs of impending disaster were evident, but ignored, long before drought and famine began killing tens of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations today swung its support behind a ‘Never Again’ campaign to end extreme hunger.

Tragedy of Somalia shames the world, Turkish leader tells UN

The Turkish Prime Minister has called for urgent action to help Somalia alleviate its humanitarian crisis and to build peace and stability, stressing that the world cannot let the cry of the Horn of Africa nation go unheard.

Recent gains provide hope to advance Somali peace process – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Somali leaders and their international partners to take advantage of recent gains and to advance the peace process and stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

Conditions worsen for famine-wracked Somalis in Mogadishu, but improve in Ethiopia

Health and nutrition rates have deteriorated for famine-wracked Somalis displaced within their own country but improved for those who have fled to Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Somali consensus on end of transition paves way for restoring stability – UN

A broad consensus on how to end the transitional period and restore peace and stability in Somalia now exists among the country’s leadership, the United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, urging it to send an unequivocal message to the leaders that a return to political bickering will not be tolerated.

Somalia may have normal rains in coming months, but drought may persist – UN

Normal to above-normal rainfall could return to famine-ravaged southern Somalia over the next three months but there may not yet be much easing of the drought there since the September-to-December rains are a relatively small part of the annual total, the United Nations reported today.