UN envoy calls for collective action in Somalia

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The UN envoy to Somalia, where millions of civilians are displaced by armed conflict and thousands more killed and wounded in the violence, has called for collective action to tackle multiple challenges the country faces.

“These include pervasive corruption, most obviously in politics, and powerbrokers’ willingness to use violence, or the threat of violence, against opponents,”said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia.

“Lessons can be drawn from 2017, both good and bad. A central one may be that when the most powerful actors cooperate, whether the Federal Government, Federal Member States, parliamentarians, clan elders, business or the international community, great progress can be made,” he said.

He said that these are serious issues that continue to retard and even threaten progress in the east African nation.

Somalia has about 6.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, half of whom require urgent life-saving assistance.

A UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report has said that the food security needs in the country is nearly double the five-year average because of factors such as limited rain, increased displacement, lack of access to basic services, and continuing insecurity and conflict.

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