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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.

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Drought conditions set to worsen Somalia food crisis - Statement by Philippe Lazzarini, Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia [EN/SO]

Philippe Lazzarini said: "In the coming months, for the first time since the 2011 famine, we will see the number of people in food security crisis and emergency go up again."

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Somalia again on precipice of crisis; HC calls for urgent funding [EN/SO]

If funding is not received in a matter of weeks, primary health care services for 3 million people, many of them women and children, may have to be shut down, warns the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.

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Statement attributable to the acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Sikander Khan [EN/SO]

(Mogadishu/Nairobi, 27 March 2014): I am deeply concerned that over 10 people were injured, including at least six children, and others were exposed to severe danger due to mortar shelling affecting several densely populated civilian areas in Mogadishu. This attack is a clear violation of international humanitarian law that prohibits indiscriminate attacks as occurred in the night of 25 March.

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