Somalia on course for peace, stability with international efforts
by Daily Sabah
IstanbulMay 13, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 13, 2017 12:00 am
In a global bid to help Somalia fight poverty and terror, a new security and reform measures were agreed in a major international conference on Somalia held in London on Thursday.
The London Somalia Conference focused on the agreement of a Security Pact and the adoption of a New Partnership for Somalia in order to keep the crisis-hit country on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020.
"Bringing together leaders from around the world, this conference accelerated progress on security sector reform, built on the international response to the ongoing drought and humanitarian crisis and agreed the new international partnership needed to keep Somalia on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020," said the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in a statement released on Friday.
The meeting aimed to coordinate and improve efforts for the African nation, which is grappling with poverty, drought, terrorism and corruption according to Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. The conference, focused on national security, political infrastructure, economic recovery and combating drought was being co-chaired by Mohamed, Antonio Guterres and Theresa May.
Following in the footsteps of its initiative to help improve the situation in Somalia in 2011, Turkey keeps taking the lead in aid efforts in a country embattled by a new wave of drought.
The country has funneled millions of dollars of humanitarian aid to Somalia and continues campaigning for its "African brothers and sisters," as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls them.
The country witnessed famine just a few years ago and Somalis now fear a repeat of 2011, when more than 260,000 people lost their lives.
The drought poses a grave threat to 3 million people, according to United Nations figures and although International aid organizations have been mobilized to help Somalis, the efforts remain underfunded.
Facing a humanitarian crisis, thousands are trying to flee to regions not affected by drought or to neighboring countries, but the displacement also poses a risk as experts say a cholera epidemic is prevalent among women and children in the overcrowded, unsanitary refugee camps due to lack of water.