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Coronavirus - Somalia: On World Refugee Day, UN calls for continued efforts to help refugees and displaced people in Somalia

World Refugee Day comes at a time of a triple threat for Somalia – in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is dealing with effects of desert locusts and flooding

Marking World Refugee Day, the United Nations in Somalia today called for continued efforts to alleviate the plight of refugees and displaced persons in Somalia. Despite significant efforts by the Somali authorities, there are still at least 2.6 million Somalis who are internally displaced, and the country hosts more than…

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Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

In Somalia, it is estimated that some 15-20 per cent of population – around 1.5 million people – are living with some form of disability

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had tremendous impact on all areas of Somali society, with no group left unaffected. But for one group in particular, the impact of the virus takes a higher toll: persons with disabilities. Some civil society groups are trying to change that. “You can understand…

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Coronavirus: Somalia's COVID-19 response: a shift to online learning in Somali higher education

The shift is a major change from a dozen years ago when such connectivity was impossible and conflict between militias made attending class a potentially lethal experience

Nowadays, the much-admired gardens and once-full classrooms at the campus of Plasma University in Mogadishu are empty. Like the rest of Somalia’s higher education institutions, the university – with more than four thousand students and one hundred and seventy (170) people on the teaching faculties – is now off-limits in…

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Somalia, UN seek humanitarian aid to avert food insecurity

The assessment notes that up to 1.3 million people in Somalia face acute food security and require urgent humanitarian assistance

Somalia's federal authorities and the United Nations (UN) are calling for urgent humanitarian assistance to avert an acute food insecurity situation that could threaten millions of people. The call was made during the launch of the post-Deyr (October - December) seasonal Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia on Monday.…

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UN official visits Hargeisa, calls for durable solutions for displacement

Mr. Abdelmoula assured the Naasa Hablod residents that he would do everything in his power to make their voices heard

To reach the Naasa Hablod camp, one must walk on a rough and narrow path, trimmed with thick layers of cactus bushes. The camp of 521 households sits on the edges of the city of Hargeisa and is home to 3,096 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Sixty-five percent of the residents…

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In Security Council Briefing, UN Envoy Highlights Achievements And Need For Cooperation For Progress To Continue

The UN Special Representative took up his assignment in late June

 In his first briefing to the Security Council, the United Nations envoy to Somalia highlighted the progress the country has made in many areas, while flagging that the window to continue achieving that progress was narrowing without greater cooperation. “In my travels around the country I have observed many examples…

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SRSG James Swan’s Statement at Press Stake-Out in Hargeisa, Somaliland

The vibrancy of the economy and the general security that has been maintained underpin confidence in the future

I would like to thank President Musa Bihi Abdi and the people of Somaliland for the warm welcome that I have received during my visit. It’s good to be back in Hargeisa. I first visited in 1995, and again in 2012-2013. Even during my brief visit now, I can see…

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On Hirshabelle visit, UN envoy to Somalia discusses state-building, humanitarian situation and local support

The Federal Government of Somalia and the aid community are implementing a $686 million plan, targeting 4.5 million people up to December 2019

On his first visit to the state of Hirshabelle, the newly-appointed United Nations envoy to Somalia touched upon the country’s state-building process, local humanitarian needs and the world body’s assistance. “We had encouraging and fruitful talks with President [Mohamed Abdi] Ware and his cabinet on a wide range of issues,…

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Rights Activists Adopt New Approach To Help Sexual Violence Survivors

Women and girls accounted for 98 percent of the reported incidents of gender-based sexual violence in the fourth quarter of last year

On a cloudy Saturday morning in Mogadishu, 28-year-old Warsan Said Mohamed (not her real name) quietly enters the Hawa Taako 1 Centre in the Zoobe area of the Somali capital. The gender-based violence (GBV) survivor has an urgent appointment with her counselor, Fardowsa Farah, who has been treating her for…

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Joint Press Statement: Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations

The Prime Minister also made emphasis on the UN’s critical role in Somalia

H.E. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and H.E. Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire today welcomed the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo to Mogadishu. They held open, cordial, and frank discussions while committing to strengthen the relationship between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the United…