More assistance needed in recently opened-up areas in Somalia

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Humanitarian needs remain vast in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor. UN File Photo/Stuart Price

Medical and other humanitarian supplies are reaching new areas of Somalia after years of isolation, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Peter de Clercq recently visited the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor, in the Gedo and Bay regions respectively.

After more than two decades of violence and political instability, the UN has described Somalia as being on a "positive trajectory", despite humanitarian needs remaining vast.

Ana Carmo reports.

The UN humanitarian official said he is particularly concerned about people who had been displaced and who are now returning to their homes in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor.

Peter de Clercq also warned that many individuals are in immediate need of support.

Only limited humanitarian assistance has been provided in either location for many years, mainly due to insecurity. 

During recent military operations, hospitals were reportedly looted or burnt, leaving the civilian population in even more dire need of help.

More than 14 humanitarian organizations currently work in the two towns.

The UN says more are expected to initiate activities as the situation improves.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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