OIC Secretary General Calls for Ceasefire and Emergency Relief for Somalia

For nearly two decades, Somalia has been plagued by civil wars, clashing militias and massive humanitarian crisis, poor health, and malnourishment due to food shortages.

The Secretary General of the OIC, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, is following with great concern, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and the severe food shortages the country is facing now. To this end, the Secretary General appeals to all Somali factions to stop fighting and allow free access of humanitarian assistance to the affected population all over Somalia.

Consequently, in order to alleviate the suffering of the Somali people, the OIC General Secretariat is set to roll out its humanitarian programme in Somalia shortly, beginning with the opening of a Humanitarian Unit in Mogadishu and coordination of food distribution in the Afgoye Corridor in partnership with national and international partners, within and outside of the Muslim World.

The OIC Secretary General further calls upon Member States of the OIC and the international community in general to generously extend the necessary in kind and financial support to the Somali people to stem the humanitarian crisis and hence create optimum conditions for restoration of stability to Somalia.