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04 Apr 2013 description

Mogadishu (4 April 2013) – The new United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, today presented his credentials to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

“It has been a privilege to present my credentials to President Mohamud in Mogadishu today. I look forward to working with the authorities and all of our partners to help improve the lives of the Somali people,” said Lazzarini, who is the first RC/HC to be based in Somalia in nearly 20 years.

19 Sep 2012 description

Nairobi (19 September 2012) – Following the recent escalation of fighting near Kismaayo and the spike in civilian displacement from the town, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, met today with Kenya’s Minister of State for Defence Mohamed Yusuf Haji and Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Julius W. Karangi, to discuss the protection of civilians during ongoing military operations.   

Following the meeting, Mr. Bowden said:

14 Aug 2012 description

Nairobi (14 August 2012) – The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, made the following statement today:

I am deeply concerned by recent reports of civilian casualties in Kismaayo caused by naval gunfire and airstrikes. As fighting for control of the town appears imminent, I reiterate my call for all parties to the conflict to make every effort to minimize the impact of conflict on civilians and to allow full humanitarian access to all people in need.

19 Jan 2012 description

Mogadishu (20 January 2012) – Six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, humanitarians are calling on the world not to forget the plight of four million Somalis in urgent need of assistance.

“We were able to halt the downward spiral into starvation for 500,000 of the people who were most at risk last year,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden.

13 Dec 2011 description

US$1.5 billion is required to address the immediate needs of 4 million people in crisis

Nairobi (13 December 2011) . The Humanitarian Appeal for Somalia was launched today in Nairobi by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden. The 2012 Appeal seeks $1.5 billion for 350 humanitarian life-saving projects to be implemented by 148 UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

18 Nov 2011 description

Nairobi (18 November 2011) – Increased humanitarian assistance has had a significant impact in the famine-affected parts of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions, bringing these areas out of famine.

03 Aug 2011 description
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Key Figures on Somalia
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Key Messages on Somalia

(Nairobi, 3 August 2011)

Three new areas in southern Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation. These are parts of Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye Corridor settlements home to roughly 400,000 displaced people since 2007 and parts of Mogadishu which are hosting displaced populations. This follows a declaration of famine in two regions of south Bakool and Lower Shabelle two weeks ago.

20 Jul 2011 description
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FAQ: Famine in Southern Somalia

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(Nairobi, 20 July 2011): The United Nations declared today that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Across the country, nearly half of the Somali population – 3.7 million people – are now in crisis, of whom an estimated 2.8 million people are in the south.

07 Jul 2011 description

Nairobi, 7 July, 2011 – The humanitarian community welcomes the announcement from Al Shabbab to re-open areas under its control to humanitarian interventions, but calls for guarantees that aid workers will be able to safely reach those most in need.

22 Mar 2011 description

Nairobi, 22 March 2011 -The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Mark Bowden, calls for greater humanitarian access to support Somalis suffering from drought and escalating conflict, especially in south central Somalia.

On the occasion of World Water Day, attention is focused on how essential water is for life. Nowhere is this more pertinent than in mostly semi-arid Somalia, where significant numbers of people are suffering from drought and struggling to access water for themselves, their livestock and crops.

24 Jan 2011 description

Nairobi, 24 January 2011 - As Somalia approaches the anniversary of two decades without a functioning national government, the UN called on the international community to step up its support to the war torn nation as it struggles to consolidate peace, stability and progress for its' people.

Large swathes of Somalia remain in the grip of conflict resulting in a dire humanitarian situation for over two million people. Last month the UN warned that a predicated drought is likely to push many more people into crisis.

07 Jan 2011 description

For Immediate Release

[NAIROBI, 7 January 2011] The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Mark Bowden, has expressed concern about the unfolding drought situation in Somalia and has called for humanitarian access to the most affected areas.

The 2010 short rains (Deyr season - October to December) failed in most parts of Somalia. Since Somalia is highly rainfall dependent, a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation is expected in the coming months.

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.

17 Aug 2009 description

[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.


16 Jul 2009 description


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.

14 Jul 2009 description

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.