[NAIROBI, 17 August 2009] On Sunday 16 August at around midnight the UN-WFP compound in Wajiid, Southern Somalia, was attacked by armed militia. This is the fourth UN compound deliberately targeted in Somalia within two months.
The UN strongly condemns the attack. "This direct, deliberate and sustained attack on aid organisations and aid workers is intolerable,' said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, a.i. for Somalia, Mr. Graham Farmer.
The civil strife in Somalia has had a debilitating effect on the social services infrastructure particularly health, in the South and Central parts of the country. The widening of life threatening gaps between essential and life saving health services coverage are compounded by inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, increasingly eroded livelihoods, and mass displacement.
Despite security risks and lack of funding, more than 30 humanitarian organisations in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cluster continue to work to improve the health and wellbeing of Somali families.
Internal Displacement - Fighting in Mogadishu has led to the displacement of more than 600,000(1) people in the Afgooye corridor.
(Nairobi, 5 January 2009) The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Bowden, today expressed grave concern at the civilian casualties and massive displacement resulting from fighting in Dhuusamarreeb and Guriceel towns, Galgaduud region, which began on 27 December 2008. More than 40 civilians have reportedly been killed during the fighting and more than 50,000 people displaced.
"I am extremely alarmed by the fighting that has taken place in central Somalia during the past week.