UPDF Secure UN Secretary General’s Emergency Visit to Mogadishu

Antonio Guterres inspects a guard of honor mounted by UPDF soldiers

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces on Tuesday secured a safe visit of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in Mogadishu as the two leaders highlighted the country’s famine crisis.

“People are dying. The world must act now to stop this, more about ” said Guterres adding; “We need to make as much noise as possible, diagnosis conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare.”

The UN Secretary-General called for international support to provide food and humanitarian aid to Somalia.

“This hunger requires a massive response,” he said.


Antonio Guterres welcomed to Mogadisgu by Somalia government officials

Welcoming Mr. Guterres, the U.N. chief, Mohamed said; “My first priority is to address this drought crisis and my main priority is to make an appeal to the international community to help us.”

The UN Secretary-General said he was bringing a message of solidarity to the president, a message of support.

The leaders discussed the perilous humanitarian situation in Somalia as well as pressing security issues that would affect the coordination efforts.

“With the support of the international community, it is possible to avert the famine and save millions of lives. Somalia needs more international aid,” said Guterres at a joint press conference.


The Secretary-General flew to Baidoa for a visit and is expected to visit hospitals and internally displaced people camps on the frontline of the famine.

Meanwhile, the head of UN OCH, Stephen O’Brien also arrived in Somalia on Monday (March 6), following visits to Yemen, South Sudan and Kenya to see the drought situation at first hand.


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