The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President François Delattre (France):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack of 14 October 2017, which targeted civilians in Mogadishu, Somalia, and is reported to have killed over 200 people and injured many more.
Freelance journalist based in Nairobi covering East Africa
NAIROBI, 16 October 2017
The bomb was as enormous as the flecks of torn skin smudging the ground are miniscule. Entire overcrowded buses were blown up, every passenger killed. No one in the vicinity was spared: shopkeepers at the side of the road selling khat; office managers; children fooling around or running errands for parents; a medical student about to graduate; mothers; fathers; sisters; brothers.
During the month of September 2017, 650 cholera cases, with no death, were reported across the country as compared to 917 cases, with no death, reported in August 2017.
The cumulative number of cholera cases reported from January to September 2017 is 77 783 including 1 159 associated deaths with a case fatality rate of 1.49% reported in 52 districts of the country.
Mogadishu/Nairobi (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) have been responding to urgent needs following Saturday's explosion in Mogadishu. Two days on, the death toll continues to rise as bodies under the ruble are discovered.
In the past 48 hours, official sources confirm the deaths of 276 people, while over 284 survivors have been admitted to Keysaney, Medina, Daru Alshifa, Mogadishu City, Somali Sudanese and Kalkaal hospitals. The wounded are receiving treatment for the serious injuries they have sustained.
International Medical Corps doctors and nurses are providing emergency medical services to those injured by the double truck bombing that rocked the Somali capital on Saturday, October 14. Nearly 300 people were reportedly killed in the deadliest terrorist attack to hit Mogadishu in decades, and the death toll is expected to rise in the days to come.
Mogadishu, 16 October 2017 – Security officers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday visited the scene of Saturday’s bomb blast to assess the damage and identify areas of support ahead of a massive cleanup operation.
The team led by the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Contingent Commander, Brig. Muhanga Kayanja, was received at the scene by Brig. Abdi Omar of the Somali National Army (SNA), who briefed the officers on the ongoing search and rescue operations, following the terror attack.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, condemned yesterday’s bombings in the Somali capital that have killed a large number of innocent civilians.
“I am shocked and appalled by the number of lives that were lost in the bombings and the scale of destruction they caused,” he said. “Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the dead, and our thoughts are with the injured and all those affected.”
Reports from the UNHCR-led Protection & Return Monitoring Network (PRMN) indicate that some 49,000 individuals have been newly internally-displaced countrywide during September (August: 63,000). Of these, for 30,000 the primary reason given was drought related. This represents the lowest figure this year.
At Least 230 Dead, Hundreds Wounded in Mogadishu Attack
Senior Researcher, Africa Division
The horrific bombing in a crowded and bustling area in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday is a grim reminder of how deadly the country’s armed conflict remains for ordinary Somalis.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Mogadishu/Nairobi – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) mourn the loss of life of four SRCS volunteers killed amongst many others following the huge explosion that detonated in a very busy street of Mogadishu yesterday. This figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attacks perpetrated yesterday in Mogadishu. He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the injured.
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The death toll from Saturday's massive truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to more than 230, the deputy speaker of Somalia's upper house of parliament Abshir Mohamed Ahmed tells VOA.
More than 200 people were wounded in the blast, including a VOA reporter.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the country “will observe three days of mourning for innocent victims and flags will be flown at half-mast.”
Farmaajo also called on citizens to unite against terror, saying it is “time to unite and pray together. Terror won’t win.”
Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions
Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs
USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017
On 27 September 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation.
He said, “The path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region,” adding that the Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum seekers at national and regional levels.