BY UPESINEWS REPORTER,7TH MARCH 2017-UN Secretary-General António Guterres is in Mogadishu for his first trip since he took office in January in what he says is “a show of solidarity with Somalia people”.
His emergency visit is meant to draw global attention to the humanitarian crisis facing the Horn of Africa nation.
“People are dying. The world must act now to stop this,” Guterres tweeted to announce his arrival in Mogadishu.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is received in Mogadishu on march 7, 2017.
Guterres who arrived early Tuesday , held a meeting with Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, after which he is expected to visit people affected by hunger and cholera.
In their meeting, President Farmaajo urged US President Donald Trump to lift ban imposed on Somalia immigrants.
Mr Guterres said the challenges facing Somalia— a combination of hunger, drought, conflict and disease— require massive response.
“We need to make as much noise as possible,” he said. “Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare.”
He appealed for $825 million (Sh82.5 billion) to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa nation.
This time, the UN chief said, they were better organised to respond to situation, referring to the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross, NGOs working in Somalia, the international community and the Mogadishu government.
Somalia is part of a massive $4 billion aid appeal launched last month for four nations wracked by conflict, drought and hunger.
The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan, with Unity State bearing the brunt of the crisis.