UN agencies ready to help displaced Somalis in Mogadishu

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Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) fire a mortar near the outskirts of Afgooye, a town to the west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

Thousands of Somalis displaced by a recent military operation in the Afgooye corridor have arrived in the country's capital, Mogadishu, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

On 22 May troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali Army went into Afgooye to push back Al-Shabaab insurgents from the region where about 400,000 displaced people have sought shelter.

The refugee agency and its partners say they are ready to help 120,000 people but so far, just over 10, 000 people have arrived in Mogadishu.

UNHCR spokesperson Melisa Fleming says many of these people used to live in Mogadishu but it was too dangerous for them to move anywhere.

"They were, to a certain extent trapped and humanitarian organizations were very very limited because it was an Al-Shabaab stronghold in assisting these people. Now we have a chance to assist them. Things have probably become safer it seems so far for these people although it is still unstable. We are seeing thousands on the move again, thousands in need of help but this time we will probably have much better humanitarian access."

Duration: 26"

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