Visit of Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister, to Andris Piebalgs
On 21 February 2012 in Brussels, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, received Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister. They discussed about the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.
Two decades of conflict and worsening cycles of drought and flooding have turned Somalia into one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. In 2011, famine was declared in six regions of south Somalia where 750,000 people at the risk of starvation. An estimated 4 million people, more than 50% of the entire population, are in need of humanitarian assistance; of these, 3 million are in the south-central regions of Somalia.
This meeting took place ahead of the international conference on 23rd and 24th of February 2012 in London which should provide an opportunity for a step change in the security situation and enable political progress in the country.