UN says displaced Somalis lack aid access

The United Nations warned that aid operations in Mogadishu are reaching only one-third of the 300,000 Somalis displaced by raging battles between rebels and Somali-Ethiopian troops. “We estimate we are only reaching 35-40 percent of those in need…many are already suffering from a cholera outbreak,” said U.N. top aid official John Holmes, whose last week’s visit to the Somali capital was cut short by a bomb attack that killed three people. “In terms of numbers and access to them, Somalia is a worse displacement crisis than Darfur or Chad or anywhere else this year,” he added. Holmes called on Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf to remove city checkpoints to allow for quicker food and aid delivery. (Source: Aid not reaching most Somali war afflicted-U.N./Reuters)

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