Somalia

Hunger threatens half a million Somalis, WFP says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that more than half a million Somalis faced a serious food crisis following the almost total failure of the main rains in the southern part of the country.

Security Council calls on Somali parties to protect relief workers

Members of the United Nations Security Council today called upon the parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect international humanitarian law and ensure the safety and security of relief workers.

New projects in Somalia will go "long way" in rebuilding country: UN agency

Three major new initiatives launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia last week will go a "long way" in helping Somali communities rebuild their economy, their society, and their livelihoods, the UN agency said in a statement issued today in New York.

New projects in Somalia will go "long way" in rebuilding country: UN agency

Three major new initiatives launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia last week will go a "long way" in helping Somali communities rebuild their economy, their society, and their livelihoods, the UN agency said in a statement issued today in New York.

Security Council calls on armed groups in Somalia to lay down weapons, talk peace

Reminding neighbouring countries not to interfere with the peace process in Somalia, members of the United Nations Security Council today called on all armed groups in that country to put down their weapons and engage in peaceful dialogue with the Transitional National Government.

Somalia: Security Council takes action to help protect relief workers

In a move to facilitate the work of United Nations and other relief agencies operating in Somalia, the Security Council today made certain exemptions to its 1992 arms embargo against the country, in order to allow humanitarian workers to protect themselves using military equipment such as helmets and bullet-proof jackets.

Looming hunger threatens Somalia, UN food agency warns

Tens of thousands of people could face acute hunger as inadequate rainfall in south-central Somalia threatens the country's main grain harvest, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

Somalia: UN helps to train refugees in landmine awareness

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees living in two camps in Djibouti are being trained in mine awareness and safety measures by the United Nations in order to reduce possible future injuries and fatalities should they encounter mines or unexploded ordnance upon their return home, the UN office in Somalia announced today.

Somalia: UN development agency helps former militia to promote civil protection

A Somalian police training school supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has welcomed 350 new recruits - many of whom are former militia members - to begin training as part of a larger programme to improve the police force countrywide, the UN agency said today.

More than 10,000 Somali refugees arrive in Kenya: UN refugee agency

More than 10,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Kenyan border town of Mandera in the past two weeks, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.