UN leader in Somalia on emergency visit

UN leader in Somalia on emergency visitUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Somalia in what he calls an emergency visit to focus on the country's famine crisis, Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

"People are dying. The world must act now to stop this," said the UN chief on Twitter to announce his arrival in this Horn of Africa nation.

"We need to make as much noise as possible. Conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare," said Guterres as he arrived in Mogadishu.

The UN leader urged international support to provide food and humanitarian aid to Somalia. "This hunger requires a massive response," he said.

Guterres is to meet Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at the airport.

"I am bringing a message of solidarity to the president. A message of support. Let's hope he can start and inclusive government," Guterres said.

Somalia is part of a massive $4 billion aid appeal launched last month for four nations suffering from conflict and hunger. The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan, where famine already has been declared.

Somalia over the weekend announced its first death toll since declaring a national disaster last week, saying 110 people had died in a 48-hour period in a single region.

The United Nations estimates that 5 million people in Somalia need aid, amid warnings of a famine.
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