Reuters AlertNet – INTERVIEW-WFP pullout, danger add to UNICEF’s Somalia costs

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Greater insecurity and the suspension of work by the U.N. World Food Programme in much of southern Somalia are forcing UNICEF to spend more money in the country just as the body is grappling with a severe funding gap.About six months ago, the U.N. children’s fund stopped storing supplies in war-torn Somalia after its compound was looted and violence worsened, Hannan Sulieman, UNICEF’s deputy representative there, said on Friday.UNICEF — one of the largest aid agencies in Somalia where a third of the population depends on humanitarian aid — has since been moving food, vaccines and medicines from the country’s ports directly to the aid agencies it works with for distribution.

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