SRSG for Somalia, Ambassador Nicholas Kay made a visit to Jowhar, in Somalia

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Addis Ababa, 18 May 2014 (WIC) - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Somalia, Ambassador Nicholas Kay today (17th May 2014) made a historic visit to the town of Jowhar, in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. Ambassador Kay is the highest-ranking UN official to visit the town for the first time in more than two decades.

According to a press release AU/UN Media Team sent to WIC, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Ambassador Kay met with women, youth, elders and the local administration in a visit aimed at introducing the mandate of UNSOM, taking stock of the progress made in the development of Jowhar and identifying the residents’ needs.

Jowhar, a rich agricultural town lies 90 kilometres north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.  In November last year, inter-clan clashes were sparked off following a land dispute. The situation was further compounded by flash floods leading to a dire humanitarian crisis.