The U.N. is urging donors to increase the level of humanitarian aid they provide to Somalia as the conflict in the country goes into its 20th year in 2011.
Humanitarian challenges in Somalia remains grave, but the past 20 years of U.N. and international engagement in the country have produced progress in the education, health, agriculture, banking and financial sectors, among others. More aid is needed to support this progress, according to Mark Bowden, the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia.
“The Somali people need our support more than ever,” Bowden said, as quoted by the U.N. News Center. “The international community must step up its support to the people of Somalia if we are to protect the gains we have made and prevent many more people from slipping into crisis.”