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25 May 2017 description
report The Guardian

Failure to recognise Somaliland’s independence means aid that could save lives of people hit by drought and cholera is too slow to arrive, says foreign minister

Patrick Wintour
Wednesday 24 May 2017 12.57 BST

Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.

21 Apr 2017 description
report The Guardian

Jason Burke reports from Baidoa in Somalia, where more than 6 million people need assistance after two years without rain

There is no road to the hundred or so tin-roofed shacks scattered among scrubby trees that make up the village of Erdon, only a dusty track tracing a narrow path for 10 miles through the bush from the central Somalian town of Baidoa.

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14 Mar 2017 description
report The Guardian

As UN calls for coordinated global efforts to help Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, humanitarian aid is slow to reach some of those on brink of famine

Ben Quinn in Hargeisa
Tuesday 14 March 2017 09.35 EDT

Sitting silently on a Somali hospital bed with a drip attached to his severely malnourished little body, Saalax Muxumed, nine, is just one face of what the UN says could be the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

07 Mar 2017 description
report The Guardian

By Kevin Watkins

South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are on the brink of catastrophe, thanks to conflict, drought, and a shocking failure in our international response

22 Jan 2016 description
report The Guardian

Communities struggle with the cultural and financial challenges of mental illness, and in under-resourced private clinics, patients are routinely chained.

Amina usually takes her brother to the clinic by force. He doesn’t like going. “I feel very bad when I take him there. I have to do it but I cry at the same time,” says the young mother who lives in downtown Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland.

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28 Aug 2015 description
report The Guardian

Continent is on the way to finally being rid of the disease, but violent conflicts, particularly in Somalia and Nigeria, pose threat to immunisation programme

Africa has achieved a year without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, but experts warn that violent insurgencies could yet prove their “achilles heel” in finally eradicating the disease.

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28 May 2013 description
report The Guardian

Dr Nima Hassan, one of very few female surgeons working in Somalia, deals with caesarian sections, bomb wounds and other injuries at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, as Amisom attempt to enforce peace on the surrounding streets and allow aid to reach Somalis. The hospital also has to deal with cases of malnutrition and cholera.

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23 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Somalia's business community can support aid efforts – but humanitarian agencies must better understand how

Despite – or perhaps because of – more than 20 years of war, Somalia has a remarkably strong private sector, particularly in the money transfer, telecommunications and livestock spheres. Yet, as the 2010 Inter-Agency Standing Committee evaluation of the humanitarian response in Somalia points out, aid agencies have failed to engage systematically the Somali private sector and disapora in their work.

05 Apr 2012 description
report The Guardian

Years of warfare in Mogadishu have taken a toll on the mental health of many citzens, but appropriate care facilities are limited

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24 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

The former Irish president, who has returned to Somalia after 19 years, says humanitarian aid must be linked to education and healthcare, including contraception for women

Mary Robinson went to Somalia as Ireland's president in October 1992. She went again in July this year. It wasn't good in 1992. "What struck me this time," she told me, "is that on every count, things were worse."