British, UN leaders to address Somalia humanitarian crisis

Bishop urges increased international help to tackle Somalia’s drought

British, UN leaders to address Somalia humanitarian crisis

Aid groups report that a third starvation warning is "on its way" to Somalia - a crucial turning point for response, they say - as governments from across East Africa and key partner countries meet for the Somalia Pledging Conference in London, United Kingdom, on 11 May.

"British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for more support for drought-stricken Somalia, with the U.N. chief requesting another $900 million in aid this year".

The UK prime minister pledged a long-term commitment to strengthen Somalia's security forces and speed aid to the country, in which 6 million are affected by a lack of food.

"This morning we presented the revised humanitarian plan seeking an additional $900m to the end of the year", the United Nations chief said. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia said that his country supported the partial lifting of the arms embargo against Somalia and reassured the audience that support for Al-shabaab was waning along with its capability to take over territory.

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"What the worldwide community want to do now is to back that security architecture, and the stronger and more robust it is. then the more the global community will be able to come in with support", Johnson told reporters.

"Access restrictions are also the work of clan militias and disgruntled government and federal state forces engaging in predatory behaviour and routinely erecting barriers on major highways to extort money", said a spokesperson of the International Crisis Group.

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis, the vast majority women and children, have been displaced by a drought since November.

The president claimed he could defeat the group in "a few years" if the national army was equipped with "heavy weapons".

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"All of these issues are seen as crucial in the fight against al-Shabaab and in developing the country's flat-lining economy over the long-term".

She said she is proud of the UK's role in helping Somalia and said the £21 million, to be spent over the next two years, would be used to provide training and mentoring to the country's army and to improve security.

He said that "we fear the worst" to be ahead.

Rashid Abdi, the Horn of Africa Project Director for the International Crisis Group, says the international community needs to support Somalia on the security front and with current humanitarian crisis. The United States suffered its first military casualty in more than 20 years on May 5, when a U.S. Navy SEAL, Kyle Milliken, was killed in a joint U.S.

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The agency added that in view of the continuing dramatic situation, the organization and its partners are trying to identify the children at risk in time and to provide them with therapeutic special nutrition and to treat them.

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