UN warns of dire humanitarian crisis in Somalia

22:24, July 22, 2010      

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The UN has sounded an alarm over dire humanitarian crisis in Somalia which has continued to affect millions of people in the lawless nation.

Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia said it was vital to ensure adequate funding to assist the 3.2 million people, or more than 40 per cent of the population who rely on international aid in the Horn of Africa nation. "My major concern at this time of the year is that there is a renewed emphasis on ensuring that we do address the funding gaps in Somalia to help us to sustain the achievements that can continue to be made in one of the world's most difficult and acute humanitarian crises," said Bowden, according to UN news.

UN agencies and their partners have so far received only 56 per cent of the 600 million U.S. dollars needed to fund critical areas such as health, water and sanitation, nutrition and livelihood support in Somalia, which is recovering from drought and years of chaos and is also in the throes of ongoing violence.

According to the UN news, Bowden said that the situation in the Horn of Africa nation is characterized by severe child malnutrition, loss of livestock and livelihoods, as well as ongoing displacement owing to continued clashes between government forces and Islamist militant groups.

The conflict has led to Somalia being one of the countries with the highest number of uprooted people in the world, an estimated 1. 4 million displaced within the country and almost 595,000 living as refugees in neighbouring countries.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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