Somalia

Somalia committed to promoting democracy, accountability despite COVID-19 challenge

Somalia is working with its international partners to build a democratic, inclusive and prosperous country for its citizens, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as ‘Farmajo’, told the UN General Assembly on Thursday. 

Somalia at a critical juncture, as federal, state leaders, meet to break election impasse

With elections slated for November delayed due to COVID-19, Somalia is at a critical juncture, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday, pressing federal and state leaders to agree on voting modalities, and bolster the capacity of forces which are meant to assume full control of national security, next year.

Somalia: UN condemns ‘brazen’ terrorist attack on beachside hotel

The UN in Somalia has strongly condemned a terrorist attack that took place on Sunday at the Elite Hotel in the capital Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 16 people and left many others injured.     

News in Brief 17 August 2020

  • Belarus: Children beaten in detention
  • UN stands with Somalia after terrorist bombing
  • Virtual Concert to fight COVID, unites Pacific
Audio -
2'27"

Somalia: Draft law a ‘major setback’ for victims of sexual violence

The UN official working to end rape during wartime is urging authorities in Somalia to scrap a proposed law that allows for child marriage, among other “very disturbing provisions”.

News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
Audio -
2'59"

FROM THE FIELD: Frontline resilience in Somalia

 One hundred thousand households in Somaliland in northwest Somalia have better access to water, protecting them not just from the ravages of climate change but also against the spread of COVID-19, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme.  

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 just the latest crisis facing Somalia

Devastating floods, desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic constitute a ‘triple threat’, that risks reversing political and security gains made in Somalia in recent years, the United Nations is warning.

Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.

Women ‘pay price’ of increased strains caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Somalia is a land facing problems on many fronts, from severe floods to desert locust swarms and terrorist attacks, but there’s an even darker threat, too: rising sexual violence amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the horrific rape of a young girl last week in the capital Mogadishu, it’s something that the UN wants to help the Government put a stop to more than ever, as Anders Thomsen from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

Audio -
6'4"