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Why should Somalia’s children starve to pay for a debt crisis they didn't create?

Abdulrahman Mahamud is one of the lucky ones. I met the four-year-old two weeks ago at an emergency clinic in the town of Shada, in Puntland region – an area at the epicentre of Somalia’s devastating drought. Diagnosed with severe malnutrition and pneumonia, Abdulrahman was brought to the clinic after his mother walked 90 miles in search of food and medical help. He survived – just.

For every good news story, however, there are a growing number of tragedies. A million Somali children need treatment for malnutrition, and more than 350,000 are at imminent risk of starvation. Epidemics of acute diarrhoea and cholera have already claimed hundreds of lives. These are lives that could – and should – have been saved. In the absence of a more effective international response to the drought, more deaths will follow.

One of the least visible but most damaging barriers to decisive humanitarian action is Somalia’s debt.

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Why Is Trump Sending More U.S. Troops to Somalia?

The last deployment of regular U.S. troops to Somalia led to an incident that sparked widespread horror.

Somali militiamen shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, killing 18 American soldiers. They captured several of the corpses, dragging them through the streets of the Somali capital. The attack contributed to then President Bill Clinton’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops within six months from Somalia, where they had been serving on a humanitarian mission.

But now, as the embattled African state struggles with a long-running jihadi insurgency, the Trump administration has authorized the deployment of U.S. soldiers to Somalia for the first time since 1994. (U.S. military and counterterrorism advisors have been present in Somalia for several years, but regular troops have not.)

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UN backs Somalia's efforts to tackle drought, insecurity

MOGADISHU, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and international community have backed Somalia's government and the federal member states for agreeing to jointly fight insecurity, drought and corruption.

In a joint statement released on Monday night in Mogadishu, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, the AMISOM, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other partners lauded the political process the leaders achieved during their consultations in Mogadishu.

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating welcomed in particular the agreement reached on the key points of Somali national security architecture.

"This agreement marks a major milestone for Somalia. It is a cornerstone of the federal state building process and is a basis upon which strengthened security can be built," Keating said.

He said the National Security Council chaired by the president, whose members include regional leaders, will now have a critical role in driving progress.

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Int donors must urgently scale up the response to somalia's worsening food crisis to-avoid a full scale famine care international warns

By Sam Bolitho International donors must urgently scale up the response to Somalia’s worsening food crisis to avoid a full scale famine, CARE International warns. Speaking after visiting some of the country’s worst affected areas, CARE’s Somalia Country Director, Raheel Nazir Chaudhary, said many communities remained cut off from lifesaving humanitarian aid. “By now we should see trucks of food and water continually being driven back and forth on these roads but in many areas we have hardly seen any,” he said after visiting the regions Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag. “We are scrambling to scale up our emergency assistance but more funds and resources are needed to ensure as many people as possible get the help they desperately need. “We have possibly only weeks to avoid a full scale famine.” Mr Chaudhary said changes to humanitarian funding mechanisms were needed to enable agencies to deliver aid more quickly. “The humanitarian community and governments learned important lessons after famine devastated this region in 2011. But resources for lifesaving assistance are still too slow to arrive. “The need for reform was a key topic at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016. Now words must be turned into action.” Mr Chaudhary said while people had managed to cope with repeated seasons without rain, the imminent fourth rainless season would change the situation dramatically. “People are now already past the brink and have been desperately appealing for help.” “Their livestock, on which they depend to survive, lie dead all across the parched landscape. People are beginning to migrate in large numbers to the few villages that still have a water source. And with that, the risk of waterborne diseases is huge.” -ENDS- CARE in Somalia is scaling up emergency response to provide a total of 1.6 million people with lifesaving support in the most affected regions: Sool, Sanaag, Bari, Awdal, Lower Juba and Banadir, including water, food, therapeutic feeding services, cash, plastic sheets, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and jerry cans, as well as providing psychosocial support and dignity kits for survivors of gender-based violence. CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. Donate to CARE’s East Africa Hunger Crisis Appeal at www.care.org.au/famine For interviews please contact Sam Bolitho on 0419 567 777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Somalia: UN. global partners commend creation of National Security Council

Two children play in the surf on Mogadishu
Two children play in the surf on Mogadishu's Lido beach during Eid. Lido beach, once a no go area, has become one of Mogadishu's most popular attractions since Al Shabaab pulled out of the city in 2012. UN Photo/Tobin Jones
17 April 2017 – The United Nations and other members of the international community today commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a National Security Council, as well as decisions taken on priorities such as fighting corruption and drought response.
These decisions follow two days of consultations held in the capital, Mogadishu, led by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and other senior officials.
“This agreement marks a major milestone for Somalia. It is a cornerstone of the federal state building process and is a basis upon which strengthened security can be built,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, referring to the creation of a National Security Council.
President Farmajo will head the National Security Council, whose members will include regional leaders.
Mr. Keating, who is also the head of the UN political mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said that the international community is committed to supporting the Government’s priorities.
He made the statement on behalf of the UN, noting that the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), Italy, Ethiopia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States all express their support for the outcome of the consultations.
The political leaders also agreed to aid drought-stricken Somalia avert a potential famine. About half of the Somali population is in need of assistance, including 330,000 children.
Also today, the UN reported that an explosion occurred near Mogadishu, potentially targeting a convoy from the World Food Programme (WFP). At the time of the incident, the convoy was returning from an area outside of Mogadishu to provide life-saving emergency food to people impacted by the drought.
A UN spokesperson told journalists in New York that the occupants of the vehicles – including WFP staff and a visiting journalist – were “all safe, although two private security guards escorting the team were wounded.”


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