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Somalia faces worst crisis due to war and drought: UN

Issue 326
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Agriculture, Public Works And Interior Ministers Plotting Appropriation Of Haatuf Premises

Foreign Minister Dualle Faces Strong Criticism After Accusing Donors Of Interference

The Donor Statement That Angered The Somaliland Government

Meles Zenawi: An Impatient Ally

The Somaliland President trip Washington: "The Most successful one"

Somaliland Offers High Risk For Big Potential Gains

Is Somaliland A Tinderbox Waiting To Explode?

Suspicion as 40 sport utility trucks unload at Puntland port

Regional Affairs

Insecurity Choking Off Aid Work In Puntland Region: Donors

Man shot 'for Christian beliefs'

Djibouti Hunts For Abuse Suspects

Editorial
Special Report

International News

France presses for war on piracy in the high seas

Peace group to end tribal feud

Eden Prairie Man Is Returned To U.S. To Stand Trial

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

The Inconvenient Truth About Immigration: Rageh Omaar Asks Was Enoch Powell Right?

A Hint Of Hope For A Broken Country

Dilemmas Of The Horn

The Misfortunes Of Somalia

Separatist Movements - Should Nations Have A Right To Self-Determination?

High food prices threaten stability in the Arab world

Food for thought

Opinions

NSPU (Or ASSC-S): You Can Run But You Cannot Hide

Kosovo And Somaliland: The Impossible Equation-III

Silence Today, Is To Betray Somaliland

'I Was A Good Gestapo' Says Somaliland Minister

Somaliland Needs A Political Revolution

Is There A Similarity Between Dahir Riyale And Mugabe?


22 April 2008 - Somalia risks plunging into its worst humanitarian catastrophe since the early 1990s as the twin threats of war and drought put millions of lives in danger, the United Nations warned on Tuesday.

Two and a half million people are in urgent need of assistance amid renewed heavy fighting in the capital Mogadishu and the worst drought for a decade, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

"If things do not improve within the coming weeks we will be confronted with the images of 1991-1992 when drought and civil strife claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis," OCHA spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told journalists.

Camels are already starting to die because of the drought, she added.

Mogadishu's heaviest fighting in two months erupted on Saturday between Islamist insurgents and Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian forces, prompting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to call for restraint.

Ban called on "parties to the conflict in Mogadishu to refrain from the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force that endangers the lives of civilians."

Ethiopian troops came to the rescue of Somalia's embattled transitional government in late 2006 to oust an Islamist militia which had taken control of large parts of the restive Horn of Africa country.

Islamist fighters have since waged a guerrilla war against the government, their Ethiopian allies and African Union peacekeepers, with civilians often caught in the ensuing crossfire.

Somalia has been rocked by seemingly endless fighting since the 1991 ouster of President Mohamed Siad Barre.

Source: AFP

 


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