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31 Aug 1997 description

This report has been prepared by the office of the United Nations Development Programme and Resident Representative for Somalia

31 Aug 1997 description

Compiled by the Information Section of the UNDP-Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia

28 Aug 1997 description

Ilene R. Prusher, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

BOSSASO, SOMALIA -- The banks here are brimming with people.

Not with people banking, but with some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled the utter chaos that erupted
in the collapse of this East African nation's regime in 1991. When looters stripped every building and moved out, the
displaced people seeking refuge moved in.

Today, squatters make their homes where commerce and government should. Money is

25 Aug 1997 description

Somalia
The gu (main season) harvest is under way in southern Somalia and will start in the
northwest (Somaliland) in October. A dry spell in May resulted in the widespread
failure of early sown maize in the northwest, and farmers had to replant when rains
resumed in June. In southern Somalia, crops were generally in good condition
throughout the season.

The Somalia Food Security Unit estimates national gu cereal production at about
241,000 MT. This level is 37 percent lower than the prewar average (383,000 MT).

15 Aug 1997 description

When Hawo Adem, 40, left her mountain village in
north-eastern Somalia last week desperate for help for a sick
baby son, she embarked on a three-day camel journey through
wild and desolate country where no doctor can be found. With
the child in a cot on the camel's back, she and her husband
walked day and night to reach the town of Garoe, 90 kilometres
away.
Despite malaria and severe malnourishment, the child
somehow survived. Doctors in the town's Red
Crescent-supported hospital said that Hawo had reached them

11 Aug 1997 description

When Hawo Adem, 40, left her mountain village in north-eastern Somalia last week desperate for help for a sick baby son,
she embarked on a three-day camel journey through wild and desolate country where no doctor can be found. With the
child in a cot on the camel's back, she and her husband walked day and night to reach the town of Garoe, 90 kilometres
away.
Despite malaria and severe malnourishment, the child somehow survived. Doctors in the town's Red Crescent-supported

05 Aug 1997 description

MOGADISHU (Reuter) - At least 17 people were killed in
fighting between militiamen loyal to faction leader Hussein
Aideed and clan rivals in a town in southern Somalia,
witnessess said Tuesday.


Speaking by radio from Qansahdhere, they said fighters of the
Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA) infiltrated the town on
Monday and clashed with Aideed's militiamen. At least 17
people were killed.

01 Aug 1997 description
report UN Children's Fund

Northwest Zone - Hargeisa Office

01 Aug 1997 description

1 August 1997



Press Release
SG/SM/6294

The following statement was issued by the Spokesman for Secretary- General Kofi Annan:

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Under-Secretary- General Ismat Kittani, today completes a week of
consultations at Headquarters with the Secretary-General, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast,
senior United Nations officials, and the Ambassadors in New York of countries and organizations involved with and
28 Jul 1997 description

The hand-out of 335 tons of food in the Hiran region yesterday concludes WFP's ambitious goal of distributing 3,900 tons of food packages over two months to 300,000 vulnerable Somalis in 78 locations in the Bay, Bakool, Hiran, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Lower Shabelle regions. The June and July food aid distributions were targetted to reach people at their most critical moment -- the months preceding the arrival of the Gu main cereal harvest in August when food availability hits its lowest levels.

28 Jul 1997 description

FEWS bulletin -- July 28, 1997

26 Jul 1997 description

Urgently Needed Food Aid Is Starting To Arrive in Somalia
Food security in southern Somalia remains poor. Farming households -- especially where the previous sorghum harvest failed in Bay and Bakool Regions -- are running out of resources to buy food. Malnutrition rates among children seen at clinics are high, and hungry people are drifting into towns in search of food. A food aid plan was adopted in February to help

23 Jul 1997 description

10:52 a.m. Jul 23, 1997

MOGADISHU, July 23 (Reuter) - Some 100 militiamen crossed the ''Green Line'' battle zone dividing
Mogadishu and defected to Somali faction leader Hussein Aideed in the south, witnesses said on
Wednesday.

The mass defection from north Mogadishu faction leader Ali Mahdi Mohamed was believed to be the
largest ever in the city.

Witnesses said the militiamen, armed with assault rifles, strolled across the Green Line on Tuesday
in broad daylight and were welcomed by Aideed's commanders at his headquarters.

23 Jul 1997 description
report World Vision

WORLD VISION SOMALIA
JULY 1997

Prepared by:

Joel Smith, MD

Francois Batalingaya, MPH

18 Jul 1997 description

Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

17 Jul 1997 description
report World Vision

Somalia has always been one of the poorest countries on earth resulting in high rates of infant mortality, low life expectancy and widespread illiteracy. The collapse of a national government in 1991 led to civil war which caused destabilization and social upheaval. Massive displacement of populations included farmers who were forced to flee their land leading to the collapse of the agricultural sector. Grain stores were looted by rival factions. In addition to these factors, sporadic drought is common in this region and may last one or several seasons.

17 Jul 1997 description
report World Vision

Somalia has always been one of the poorest countries on earth resulting in high rates of
infant mortality, low life expectancy and widespread illiteracy. The collapse of a national
government in 1991 led to civil war which caused destabilization and social upheaval.
Massive displacement of populations included farmers who were forced to flee their land
leading to the collapse of the agricultural sector. Grain stores were looted by rival factions.
In addition to these factors, sporadic drought is common in this region and may last one or

14 Jul 1997 description
report AllAfrica

Nairobi (APS) - Church and donor organisations providing education in predominantly Muslim Somalia are faced with the herculean task of introducing a systematic order in an environment where the power of the gun ruled supreme.

In this politically divided country, reports APS Correspondent Wachira Kigotho, it is difficult to believe learning institutions existed less than 10 years ago.

Rashid Osman, 15, is a member of a 'techniko' unit under Ali Mahdi, one of the factional leaders controlling the northern sector of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.