United Nations (AFP) Jan 14, 2011
Somalia's prime minister told the UN Security Council on Friday that the new government is winning its war with Islamist militants but that 2.5 million people face starvation because of drought.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali-American who took office just 50 days ago in the lawless Horn of Africa state, said that Somali forces and African Union troops "are winning the security battle" against the Islamist Shebab militia, said to be linked to Al-Qaeda.
"Gradual and incremental though it may be, the secure space in Mogadishu grows daily," Mohamed told the Security Council, which has given strong backing to his transitional government.
He said about 60 percent of Mogadishu was now under government control and about 80 percent of the capital's population was now in those areas.
Mohamed said the additional 4,000 troops promised to the Africa Union mission, AMISOM, will have a "dramatic impact."
The UN Security Council voted the troop increase one month ago but it is not known when they will arrive. Uganda and Burundi have offered to provide the new troops that will take the AMISOM strength to more than 12,000, diplomats said.
The Somali government is also acting to strengthen its own army and nearly 1,000 troops are to return soon from special training by European Union experts in Uganda.
"Furthermore we are starting to see a rise in the number of young Shebab fighters surrendering to government and AMISOM forces," Mohamed said.
"Seven handed themselves in to the government just last week. Many are obviously weak, starving and distressed," he said.
Observers say that Shebab still controls large amounts of territory in Somalia, which has been in the grip of civil war for the past two decades.
And the prime minister warned of a new threat from drought.
"Nearly 2.5 million people are on the verge of starvation and unless we will have immediate support, definitely there will be a catastrophic situation," Mohamed told reporters after the meeting.
A drought in 1992 killed an estimated half million people and Mohamed said urgent international action was needed to avoid a repeat.
Mohamed said the transitional government, which has a mandate that runs until August, needed more international help, particularly finance, to beat Shebab and its allies.
"It will be very hard for us to challenge them because they have a very powerful international network and they are well disciplined," he said.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food
South Sudan: Birth of a failed state?
Juba, Sudan (UPI) Jan 12, 2011
Sporadic violence has marred the historic referendum in southern Sudan, cockpit of a 22-year civil war in which an estimated 2 million people perished. But the largely peaceful weeklong polling due to end Sunday is widely expected to lead to the backward region's independence - and a future so uncertain that skeptics are already talking about the birth of a failed state. The ref ... read more
Fear, confusion as Haiti tent camp shuts|
Sri Lanka mine fears as floods recede
USGS unveils California megastorm scenario
Struggling Haiti faces crucial week in politics
Method Discovered To Determine When Metals Reach End Of Life
Launch of Murdoch's The Daily delayed: report
Google buys eBook Technologies
Direct Observation Of Carbon Monoxide Binding To Metal-Porphyrines
Overfishing blamed for ocean reef loss
Lake Erie Hypoxic Zone Doesn't Affect All Fish The Same
Virus called suspect in salmon deaths
FAO unveils new guidelines on fishing discards
Greenpeace slams BP over Russia deal to explore Arctic
Mountain Glacier Melt To Contribute 12 Centimetres To World Sea-Level Increases By 2100
Warming to devastate glaciers, Antarctic icesheet - studies
Russia reaches first stranded fishermen
Germany shuts 934 bird farms, piggeries after food scare
Chickens modified to halt bird flu
Miscanthus Has A Fighting Chance Against Weeds
Lameness - A Common And Painful Disease In Calves
Tsunami survivor escapes deadly Australian floods
Disease threat for Sri Lanka flood victims
Brazil mourns as flood death toll climbs
Brazil mourns as flood death toll climbs
ECOWAS defence chiefs to meet on Ivory Coast
French strike killed French hostage in Mali: Qaeda
2.5 million face starvation in Somalia, PM tells UN
Indian sailors jailed in Somalia over illegal charcoal
Climate tied to rise, fall of cultures
Impact Of Traffic Noise On Sleep Patterns
Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago
Publication of ESP study causes furor
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|