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19 May 2009

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday urged more humanitarian efforts in Somalia as the nation continues to be plagued by drought and violence. The World Food Program (WFP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and their partners are seeking to scale up their nutritional intervention schemes to reach additional severely acute malnourished and moderately acute malnourished children, the OCHA said.


15 May 2009

Hundreds of foreigners fighting alongside Somali Islamic insurgents have driven this week's fierce battles against government forces, which have killed more than 100 people, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said Friday.
Concern that the government might fall is mounting. Observers fear that if the al-Qaida linked insurgents seize the capital, they will gain a safe haven on the Horn of Africa.


15 May 2009

Aid organisations warned on Thursday that Somalia's worst fighting in months was aggravating an already dire humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa state, and joined world powers in condemning the violence. (..) Poor security has forced the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) to seek security guarantees from al Shabaab, a militant group which the United States says has links to al Qaeda, and other groups controlling areas where the aid agency operates. "We talk with them to negotiate basically, the access for our staff and ultimately for our food into this or through that area," said Peter Goossens, WFP Somalia Country Director.


14 May 2009

Aid organisations warned on Thursday that Somalia's worst fighting in months was aggravating an already dire humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa state, and joined world powers in condemning the violence. (..) Poor security has forced the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) to seek protection from the Shabaab, a militant group which the United States says has links to al Qaeda. "We talk with them to negotiate basically, the access for our staff and ultimately for our food into this or through that area," said Peter Goossens, WFP Somalia Country Director.


14 May 2009

A severe drought that has gripped Somaliland's Sanag region in the past months has hit pastoralists hardest, with hundreds of families moving to urban centres after their animals died, officials said. (..) "WFP [UN World Food Programme] and its partners used to supply food to the district and other rural surroundings but they stopped at the beginning of this year," Mire said. "Now the situation has deteriorated and the people are facing shortages of food and water."


13 May 2009

Searches of captured mother ships operating off the Somali coast have revealed for the first time that pirate gangs are coordinating their attacks against commercial shipping, the commander of the European Union's naval task force said Wednesday. (..) The EU flotilla's primary task is escorting ships chartered by the World Food Program to carry food aid to Somalia. In the five months it has been deployed, the flotilla's warships have escorted 23 vessels that have delivered enough food to feed 1.5 million people in the war-ravaged nation.


6 May 2009

Relief agencies are concerned that anti-piracy efforts are diverting attention and resources from the plight of these refugees and hundreds of thousands in even more desperate camps in Somalia. (...) A funding shortfall also forced the U.N. World Food Program to reduce rations in the camps — the refugees' only source of food — by 17 percent last month. After a $10 million internal loan, the agency expects to resume full food distribution within weeks.


5 May 2009

The Somali hijacking problem goes from bad to worse (...). Foreign navies are operating in the area and are on a daily basis coming across skiffs filled with bandits armed to the teeth. Their rules of engagement are to only confiscate their arms and to then release them. The bandits simply return to shore and rearm themselves from the plentiful cache of weapons that was provided to protect them from the rebels in the Darfur region. They then return to sea in the plentiful skiffs and with the plentiful petrol that was all provided by the World Food Programme to enable the Somalis to establish a fishing industry.


29 April 2009

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its storage capacity in the port of Berbera in the self-declared republic of Somaliland to boost aid delivery in the Horn of Africa region, officials said. "In conjunction with the authorities in Somaliland, WFP has expanded its storage capacity in order to enhance its Somalia operations as well as transit food aid cargo required in the region," Mahamud Hassan Guled, WFP Somalia’s senior public information assistant, told IRIN in Nairobi.


25 April 2009

On a moonless night, a Canadian naval frigate intercepts a Somali skiff in a battle fought for consumers. Hmcs Winnipeg was 60 km south of the Front Ardenne when she came under attack. Cdr. Baines immediatly sensed his best move wasto cut across the pirates'path before they could reach the safety of the shore. He arranged for a US ship to take over their escort of a World Food Program grain shipment, and broke off in pursuit.