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07 May 2010 description

[NAIROBI, 7 May 2010] The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Mark Bowden, called on the armed groups in Afgooye, whose violent clashes have interrupted the functioning of the main medical clinic in the area, to put down their arms, and allow unfettered humanitarian access and medical activities to resume.

"It's one of the most basic tenets of the laws of war - not to cause unnecessary suffering by attacking clearly identified medical institutions or medical personnel who are providing relief to those who need it," said Mr. Bowden.

13 Apr 2010 description

NAIROBI, 13 April 2010] The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Mark Bowden, today expressed dismay over the continuing plight of Somali civilians in Mogadishu, who remain the principal victims of the fighting in the capital.

15 Feb 2010 description

[NAIROBI, 15 February 2010] The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Bowden, today expressed grave concern at the high number of civilian casualties and massive displacement taking place as a result of recent fighting in Mogadishu. Over the past two weeks alone, more than 80 civilians have been killed and more than 8,000 people displaced.

"I am alarmed by the large number of casualties emanating from recent fighting in Mogadishu over the past two weeks.