Somalia "waking from long nightmare", says UN chief

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On a visit to Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed

Somalia is "waking from a long nightmare", following more than two decades of conflict and instability according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said the Horn of Africa country is on the right track, making security gains against terrorists and pushing forward political reform.

Mr Ban arrived in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu on Wednesday with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Mr Kim said that political stability and human security are pre-requisites for what he called "increasing shared prosperity" for the Somali people.

Somalia has faced many setbacks from more than two decades of conflict and a series of droughts.

The UN reports that over 3 million people in the country are still in need of assistance.

The UN chief said he is confident that Somalis will rise to the challenges their country still faces.

Recent advances include the creation of regional administrations in close cooperation with the Federal Government.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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