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Statement from the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini “Race against time to help drought and conflict stricken communities in Somalia” [EN/SO]

(New York/Mogadishu, 10 October 2014) The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up. We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.

I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia. Bakool, Bay, Gedo, Hiraan and Galgaduud have been the most affected. Families in these communities desperately need water, food and healthcare.

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, visit to Mogadishu 30 September - 1 October, 2014 [EN/SO]

Mogadishu, 1 October 2014: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, visited Somalia to reaffirm the support of the United Nations to youth development in Somalia. During the mission, Mr. Alhendawi met with high level government officials and youth organizations to reiterate the support of the UN in developing the National Youth Policy to ensure that young people are empowered, consulted and able to participate in the development process.

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Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini Statement to the Media: “Sustained response crucial to prevent a free fall” [EN/SO]

After gradual rebuilding of livelihoods since the 2011 famine that cost over a quarter of a million lives, fragile gains are now being eroded and malnutrition rates are again on the rise, says UNRC.

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Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini during meeting with the Security Council in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 13 August 2014 - Good afternoon distinguished representatives of the Security Council. I am pleased to welcome you to Somalia and for this opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, on behalf of the members of the Somalia Humanitarian Country team, who are here today.

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Statement on “International Youth Day” by Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia [EN/SO]

Mogadishu, 12 August 2014: “The theme of this year’s “International Youth Day” is “Youth and mental health”. There are only few countries in which mental health is as important a topic as in Somalia. Many Somali youth have grown up in a country where violence and crime were the order of the day. Many of them were forced to join armed groups or joined these groups deliberately as they did not see another way to make ends meet. Others grew up as living in the streets or lost their parents to the conflict.