(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.
Over the past year, the Somali people have continuously been caught in the middle of the on-going conflict. I applaud the spirit of the people who have assisted each other in these times of crisis, but remaint roubled that even those with such resilience can only cope for so long. I am alarmed by the fighting during the past week in Mogadishu and the subsequent impact on the general population. This comes at a time when the country is facing one of the worst humanitarian situations in years.
The fighting in the capital this past weekend was the worst since April.
Nairobi 12 August 2007 - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, has strongly condemned the killing of two prominent figures in the Somali independent media within hours of each other on Saturday 11 August and called for decisive action to ensure the freedom and safety of the media.
I am deeply concerned about the effects and consequences that the ongoing fighting in Mogadishu is having on an already appalling humanitarian situation in Somalia.
The scale of the fighting during recent weeks has been the worst residents of Mogadishu have experienced in the last sixteen years, and civilians are suffering greatly and bearing the consequences of the violence. Far too many people have been caught in the crossfire. Indiscriminate artillery fire and shelling of heavily populated residential areas have resulted in hundreds of deaths and casualties.
Nairobi (22 March 2007) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr Eric Laroche has condemned the recent violence in Mogadishu, which is greatly increasing the suffering of Somalis in and around the city. He has called on all combatants, whether in uniform or not, to desist from further acts of aggression and to respect civilian life.
'This is a tragic situation,' Mr Laroche said today. 'Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Mogadishu and civilian casualties are mounting daily. The dragging of bodies through the streets is barbaric.
Nairobi, 17 January, 2007 - The international aid community must take immediate advantage of the window of opportunity that now exists in Somalia by substantially re-engaging in the capital, according to the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, following two high-level UN missions to Mogadishu in the last week.
Given the recent events in South/Central Somalia and the ongoing relocation of the Transitional Federal Institutions from Baidoa to Mogadishu, the population has high expectations for reconciliation, security and a resumption of basic social services, …
Nairobi, 14 December - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr.
I should like to bring to your attention the issue of the drought that, as you are aware, has been spreading throughout parts of Somalia compounding already appalling humanitarian conditions in the country. As the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, and in cooperation with you as the Somali representatives, I am responsible for coordinating the relief efforts of the international aid community, and ensuring that timely assistance reaches those in critical need as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Nairobi (6 October 2005) - The United Nations has welcomed the prompt efforts of the Somali authorities including the regional Juba Valley Alliance (JVA), to investigate the murder of UN staff member Mohamuud Musse Gurage.
"The killers must be apprehended and action taken against them, and we encourage the JVA and the people of Kismayo to do just that." UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator Maxwell Gaylard said today.
Nairobi (4 October 2005) - The United Nations has strongly condemned the killing of UN staff member and Somali national Mohamuud Musse Gurage in Kismayo, Lower Juba Region, which occurred last night. Consequently, the UN has relocated 12 national and one international staff member from the area.
Nairobi (22nd September 2004) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Maxwell Gaylard, has requested the combatant's forces currently fighting in the Lower Juba Region to immediately cease hostilities and seek a peaceful solution.
NAIROBI (26 January 2004) - The (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Maxwell Gaylard, today condemned the recent murders of innocent women and children in clan-related conflicts in southern Somalia.
NAIROBI (30 October 2003) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Maxwell Gaylard is deeply concerned that the potential failure of the current short season Deyr rains in the Sool Plateau of Somalia could precipitate a humanitarian disaster affecting 15,500 pastoralist families.
Nairobi (22 October 2003) -- The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator today condemned the murder of two British international aid workers, killed yesterday by unknown gunmen in Somalia.
Nairobi (12 March 2003) - UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Maxwell Gaylard is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in and around Baidoa, where fighting for control of the town has disrupted aid activities for more than eight months.
Nairobi (4 April 2002) - Maxwell John Gaylard this week officially began his term as the new UNDP Somalia Resident Representative and UN Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, as well as UN Designated Official for Somalia in charge of UN security.
1) Two United Nations staffers are still being held in Mogadishu. They are Bill Condie, 61, and Roger Carter, 41, both from the UK.