Somalia humanitarian appeal launched in Mogadishu

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IDPs in the Wardhiglay area of Mogadishu, Somalia. IRIN/Kate Holt

A $1.3 billion humanitarian appeal for Somalia aims to respond to immediate humanitarian needs while enhancing resilience to drought, famine and other challenges.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Stefano Porreti launched the three-year appeal in the country's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday, marking the first time this has happened in more than 20 years.

With nearly four million people requiring assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) describes the situation in Somalia as one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

Patrick Maigua in Geneva sat down with OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke to find out more about the Somalia appeal.

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