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Somalia: UN urges foreign navy to escort food vessels

Kenya: Somalia faces a serious food crisis if no nation steps forward with naval ships to escort relief shipments through pirate-infested waters, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday.    A Dutch frigate is now in its last days shepherding two WFP-chartered vessels which shuttle between the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Somalia...

Somalia: UN threats to cut food aid

Somalia: The UN World Food Programme has warned it may have to cut food aid to Somalia if it does not receive new naval protection against pirates. French, Danish and Dutch frigates have protected deliveries for more than seven months during a surge in piracy, the WFP said. But a Dutch frigate was scheduled to finish escort duties on Wednesday....

Somalia: Fighting continues, Hungry men loot aid truck

Somalia: Somali rebels launched an organized attack on a government position Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu, as a group of hungry people stormed a UN food aid truck and looted all its contents.   The fighting started after heavily armed insurgents attacked Somali police officers manning a checkpoint where tax is collected from commercial...

Somalia: Abduction hampers aid works

Somalia: Aid distribution to about 40 thousand people is being delayed in Somalia as a result of Saturday's abduction of a prominent staffer of the UN refugee agency.     The UNHCR says Hassan Mohamed Ali is the longest-serving agency staff member in Somalia. It describes him as a humanitarian and human rights activist. Catherine Weibel...

Africa' s food crisis worsen, UN sets plans

Nairobi: Watching images of Pokot tribesmen of Kenya eating roasted rats in a bid to avoid starvation, one is left wondering where the east African nation is headed. Also images of rioters in Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mozambique among others clashing with police in protest against soaring food prices and Kenya's abandoned...

Somalia: UN urges for aid escorts

Nairobi: The United Nations (UN) food agency has called on naval powers to continue protecting its aid shipments to Somalia from pirates or face a major humanitarian disaster in the troubled country. "A Dutch frigate is scheduled to finish escort services for WFP on June 25. Since the escort system started last November, no World Food...

Somali's suffer from draught, famine looms in the volatile country

Somalia: The global food crisis has arrived at Safia Ali’s hut. After three seasons of below-average rainfall, the people of central Somalia are beginning to fear the worst. Safia Ali, mother of five, has not eaten in seven days. Her 1-year old son, Farhan, has fallen ill.   "She will most likely die," an elder said of the...

Somalia: Unicef provides aid to 44,000 displaced Children

Somalia: Against a backdrop of drought, soaring food prices and large numbers of people being driven out of their homes by armed conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided food to 44,000 displaced children in war-ravaged Somalia.   The agency warned that more than 2.6 million Somalis are currently considered 'food...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops distribute food for first time

Somalia: Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia's volatile capital for the first time distributed food aid to families displaced by the ongoing violence.   Hundreds of people gathered around the ex-Ministry of Defense building Wednesday, which is located in southern Mogadishu, where members of the Ethiopian army handed out bags of corn. Mogadishu city...

Diarrhoea claims 11 life in Somalia

Kenya, Apr 17: At least 11 people have died in Dhahar district in the Sanaag region of northern Somalia, after an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), medical sources said.   "I can confirm 11 have died in Dhahar hospital since the outbreak," Abdulkadir Isse, a doctor at the hospital, said. At least 750 cases have been recorded...

15,000 Somalis seek refuge since January

Somalia, March 28: Rising numbers of Somali refugees are now seeking asylum in neighbouring countries to escape the increasingly volatile situation in many parts of their homeland, particularly in Mogadishu. Since the beginning of the year, some 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum in Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and ? even further afield ? in eastern...

Somalia hospitals are overcrowded, lack of supplies

Somalia, March 27: The heavy fighting between Somalia's Islamist rebels and officials cops has been deteriorated dramatically as the hospitals in the country's capital ran out of medical supplies.   The Ethiopian attacks have killed thousands of Somalis and wounded hundreds of innocent civilians while hospitals face shortages of food and...

Somali PM commits to speed up aid works

Addis Ababa, March 26: Somalia Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein is promising to help speed delivery of relief to desperately needy citizens, as humanitarian agencies warn of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in the war-ravaged nation.   The Somali leader made the comment in Addis Ababa, where he was discussing security issues with...

Somalia Polio free Again

Dallas (USA), March 26: Among the hundreds of bad news World Health Organization broke a good news of Somalia. The World Health Organization said Somalia is once again polio-free thanks to the efforts of 10,000 health workers and volunteers.   The Global Polio Eradication Initiative described the effort as a historic achievement in public...