UN Official Urges Ease of Restrictions to Somalia Aid Flow

The United Nations’ top envoy to Somalia has called for the lifting of restrictions on the flow of aid in the country, which is facing a humanitarian crisis that is expected to heighten due to an impending drought.

“We hope there will be a relaxation of this restriction to avert what is an impending crisis and a catastrophe of really serious proportions,” Augustine Mahiga said.

Some of the restrictions on aid flow in the country stem from insecurity, but there also appears to be an “ideological rejection” of Western assistance by the militant group, al-Shabab, the U.N. News Center notes.

Meantime, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Somali Red Crescent Society said they had delivered food and other urgently needed supplies to the more than 500,000 people displaced by the ongoing fighting in the country.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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