MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Attacks on aid workers delivering supplies in
Somalia resulted in the death of eight staff and injuries of 12
others between January and September, the UN humanitarian agency
said in a report on Friday.
The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said some 90
violent incidents have impacted humanitarian organizations,
resulting in the abduction of 18 people and the arrest and
temporary detention of 13 others.
from terrorist attacks in populated areas of Mogadishu has
continued to account for the majority of the deaths and
injuries, as well as for the destruction of humanitarian
facilities and assets,” said the UN agency in its September
The OCHA decried the
number of violent incidents affecting humanitarian organizations
in Somalia, saying it has remained high.
The Horn of Africa
nation has been mired in conflict since civil war broke out in
1991 and is one of the most difficult countries for relief
agencies to operate in.
The terrorist group
al-Shabab has been targeting humanitarian workers, sometimes
demanding ransom in order to free the hostages, according to
The UN report said
the volatile security situation continues to impact on civilian
lives and create a challenging environment for the delivery of
humanitarian assistance, saying active hostilities in Lower
Shabelle continue to cause displacements and disrupt
“As parties to the
conflict continue to temporarily take control of smaller towns
and villages—holding them for short durations that range from a
couple of hours to a few days—the resultant anxiety and
unpredictable security situation has led to increased
displacements,” said the report.
According to OCHA,
humanitarian organizations operating in the affected locations
have been forced to scale down their activities or suspend
operations after over 34,000 civilians fled areas of Lower
Shabelle in the past two months.
17 Somali migrants
return home from Tanzania
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The UN migration agency said on Friday
that it has helped 17 Somali migrants to voluntarily return home
from Tanzania following months of confinement in detention
Organization for Migration (IOM) said the returnees who returned
home on Wednesday were rounded up by Tanzanian authorities as
they embarked on an unsuccessful journey to South Africa.
“This assistance was
provided in close coordination with the governments of Somalia
and Tanzania and will enable the Somali returnees to build a
future back home,” the IOM said in a statement.
It said the
assistance includes medical check-ups, housing, group and
psychosocial counseling, along with longer-term support towards
developing job skills and starting up small businesses to have
gainful employment and decent livelihoods.
The UN agency said
the latest intervention was made under the auspices of the EU-IOM
Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the
Horn of Africa
“The latest return
will bring the number of Somalis assisted by IOM under the EU-IOM
Joint Initiative to 82 since March 2017,” said the UN migration
According to IOM,
the Joint Initiative aims to assist at least 1,000 Somali
returnees before March 2020, noting that the project has been
set up in close cooperation with a total of 26 African