UN: UN warns of growing humanitarian crisis in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, on Monday expressed extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain "desperately" in need of water, food and healthcare.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, Mr. Lazzarini said that the humanitarian operation in Somalia required urgent scale-up, in order to deal with the precarious humanitarian situation in the country amid unstable security.

He stated: "We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict."

The humanitarian coordinator aslo noted that aid workers could reach affected areas despite the numerous challenges and persisting insecurity but urged the international community to drastically ramp up its financial assistance for the country.

"Despite competing crises in the world today, not responding to the humanitarian situation in Somalia is not an option.

"Critical funding is needed today to expand operations. Funding pipelines for food security, nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene services must be increased without delay," he stressed.

For decades, Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and the recent spread of religious fanaticism through the activities of Al-Shabaab.

In 2012, new Somali national institutions emerged as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government.

Meanwhile, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been pursuing a renewed offensive against Al-Shabaab insurgents, who in 2011 were forced to retreat from the capital, Mogadishu.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which was established in 2013 by the UN Security Council is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia's security sector, promote respect for human rights and women's empowerment and assist in the coordination of international humanitarian assistance.
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13 october 2014 22:36:11




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