Top UN relief official meets with Somali president on humanitarian situation

Last month the UN launched its 2005 humanitarian appeal for Somalia, seeking $164 million for programmes to address needs caused by continuing insecurity, worsening drought and deep poverty. UN aid programmes are based in the Kenyan capital.Somalia has been without a central government since the ousting of President Siad Barre in 1991.On 10 October, Somalia’s Transitional Parliament, sitting in Kenya, elected Mr. Yusuf to serve as President – a move which marked the culmination of a two-year negotiation process.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says out of a population of about 7 million people, more than 350,000 Somalis remain refugees, while 370,000 to 400,000 have been internally displaced by years of conflict and drought.

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