Guterres Touches Down in Mogadishu, Somalia

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday morning at the start of a visit in Somalia, grappling with a long conflict and climatic disasters. The images published on social showed Somali Foreign Minister Absher Omar Harusi receiving the UN Secretary-General at Mogadishu airport.

Somalia has imposed a blockade on the capital, Mogadishu, in occasion of this unannounced visit, with most roads blocked and public transport limited, according to AFP.

Guterres visited him in one moment in where the country suffers from a catastrophic drought that has brought many to the brink of starvation, while the government grapples with a bloody rebellion.

The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $2.6 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Somalia, but has so far failed to raise just 13% of the needed funds.

Five consecutive catastrophic rainy seasons in some parts of Somalia, as well as in Kenya and Ethiopia have led to the worst droughts in the region in four decades, destroying livestock and crops and forcing more than 1.7 million people from their homes in look for food and water.

The United Nations estimates that questhalf of the population will need humanitarian assistance this year, as drought has affected 8.3 million people.

“The crisis is not over yet, the needs are still great and urgent”, said the UN coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdulla last week in Geneva, warning that “some of the most affected areas still face the risk of famine”. .

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