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Situation in Somalia worse than Darfur says UN official

Issue No. 2051

People sift through destroyed property in Mogadishu  (Pic: Aweys Yusuf Osman/IRIN)

People sift through destroyed property in Mogadishu (Pic: Aweys Yusuf Osman/IRIN)


The crisis faced by up to 400,000 people fleeing attacks launched by US-backed Ethiopian and Somali government forces in Mogadishu, Somalia is “worse than Darfur”, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief said this week. “In terms of the numbers of people displaced, and our access to them, Somalia is a worse crisis than Darfur or Chad or anywhere else this year,” said John Holmes, a former British diplomat and now the UN’s emergency humanitarian coordinator.


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International
Tue 15 May 2007, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2051
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