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Breaking News : – UN chief António Guterres visits Somalia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is received in Mogadishu on march 7, 2017. PHOTO | PAMELLA SITTONI |

TUESDAY MARCH 7 2017
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By PAMELLA SITTONI

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has landed in Mogadishu for first trip since he took office in January in a show solidarity with Somalia people.

On arrival, he held a meeting with Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed after which he is expected to visit people affected by hunger and cholera.

Mr Guterres said the challenges facing Somalia— a combination of hunger, drought, conflict and disease— require massive response.

This time, he said, they were better organised to respond to situation, referring to the UN, International Committee of the Red Cross, NGOs working in Somalia, and the Mogadishu government.

The UN chief appealed for $825 million (Sh82.5 billion) to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa nation.

In their meeting, President Farmaajo urged US President Donald Trump to lift ban on Somalia immigrants.

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