Global community urged to increase aid to displaced Somalis

displaced Somalis

displaced Somalis

The international community is being urged to rapidly increase aid to displaced Somalis.

The call has come from António Guterres, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) who visited the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday.

UNHCR says that for most of the approximately 400,000 displaced people in and around Mogadishu, aid is hard to come by and survival is a daily struggle.

UNHCR spokesman Andy Needham accompanied the High Commissioner during his three-day visit to the Horn of Africa:

"He undertook a one-day mission to Mogadishu where among other things he met with the President, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed. He also visited a spontaneous internally displaced persons site at a bombed out cathedral in Hama wane district in Mogadishu where he spoke to those people who have been displaced into Mogadishu again by conflict and also by drought and famine. And then he also visited a larger IDP settlement called Maajo which is about a kilometre away from Mogadishu International Airport."

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Mr. Guterres visited the Horn of Africa to show solidarity with displaced Somalis during the celebration of the Muslim Eid il-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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