Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed: Help the Somali people

  |   Ghana News / World News

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the UN Security Council by video link from Mogadishu that Somalis are proud and resilient and would be the last to ask for help, but drought has spawned a humanitarian crisis.

Michael Keating, the UN envoy for Somalia, told the council the country "is experiencing a moment of both tragedy and hope" - tragedy because of the threat of famine and hope because the recent electoral process "has created momentum for fresh political engagement among Somalis".

President Mohamed, who recently declared the drought a national disaster, said he was "truly saddened" that some people were walking for kilometres in search of food and water, and many have fled to urban centres in search of support, "which our government is desperately trying to provide with assistance of the international community".

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