Country: Somalia

Challenges to humanitarian agencies in the field: considering the options

A recent international meeting hosted by Action Against Hunger in Paris looked at some of the challenges facing humanitarian agencies working in conflict, in particular the strategic use of famine as a weapon of war. At this high-level meeting, a number of Action Against Hunger’s field and HQ managers put forward their views alongside representatives… Read more »

Somalia (June 1996)

One senior UN official recently described the situation facing Somalia: “we’re caught between the emergency budget (because) we’re not quite bad enough and the development budget (because) we’re not quite good enough”, adding “Somalia is not really in the rehabilitation phase – there’s too much instability”. The Security Council President, John Weston publicly acknowledged the need… Read more »

Somalia (September 1995)

Security problems in the port areas of Mogadishu and Kismayo persist, making access to food difficult for both resident and displaced populations. Continuing inter-clan hostilities mean that imports and distribution of food aid stocks in-country are hampering emergency aid responses. Despite recent claims of severe malnutrition and near starvation in the Kismayo area and displaced camps,… Read more »

Draft Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel

The safety and security of personnel working in war-torn communities has become a significant, and controversial, issue. More peacekeepers have died in the six years since 1989, than in the previous four decades. Numerous UN and associated personnel have been killed, taken hostage or otherwise maltreated. The question of safety and security in Bosnia has… Read more »

Somalia (April 1995)

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Peter Hansen, said on 3 March that UN agencies and international NGOs would be staying on in Somalia, despite the withdrawal of the final 12,000 military personnel remaining in the country. The termination of the UN military mission comes at a time of good harvest, but fighting could mean… Read more »

Les Mauvaises Frontières Font de Mauvais Voisins L’Economie Politique du Secours et de Réhabilitation dans la 5ème Région Somalie, Ethiopie Orientale

L’absence quasi totale d’antécédents politiques, institutionnels ou de programmation est un des éléments qui distinguent les récents programmes d’aide dans l’est de l’Ethiopie. Une telle lacune ne saurait être justifiée dans une région qui a connu un siècle de conflits et où 20 ans d’interventions de secours et de réhabilitation ont profondément marqué les relations entre les pourvoyeurs et… Read more »

Boutros-Ghali Accepts UN’s Limitations

Just as this Newsletter was being prepared for despatch to our printers, the following article appeared in the UK newspaper The Independent on 27th October 1994. Because of its significance and interest to RRN members we decided to include it in the Newsletter. Our thanks to Richard Dowden and The Independent for permission to reproduce… Read more »

Somalia (September 1994)

At a time of good harvests the political and security situation is poor and the prospects for the future bleak. In September the UN Security Council extended the mandate of UNOSOM for just one month indicating a general dissatisfaction with UNOSOM’s efforts to patch together a new government and a frustration at the continued wrangling… Read more »

Somalia (March 1994)

The food security situation has stabilised and most agencies have halted dry-ration distributions and are concentrating on rehabilitation through food and cash-for-work programmes. The withdrawal of US and other western troops was completed during March leaving a much reduced UNOSOM force.