UN humanitarian sees "appalling" conditions in Somalia IDP campListen /
Conditions in which internally displaced people live in a camp near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have been described by a senior UN official as "appalling."
Deputy humanitarian affairs chief Catherine Bragg is in Somalia and Kenya this week to assess humanitarian challenges.
The UN estimates that one third of Somalia's population, or approximately 2.5 million people, need humanitarian assistance.
"I’m in this IDP settlement, the conditions here are quite really appalling. What the service providers and the IDP representatives have told me is that both in terms of food provision, in terms of water and sanitation, in terms of basic items for women’s dignity all of this are lacking in this IDP settlement at this point. The situation is still very critical and we cannot continue to let this happen and we need to really re-double our effort."
Catherine Bragg met with Somali government officials and aid agencies before heading to neighbouring Kenya on Thursday.