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'Heartbreaking' Visit To Somalia

On 'Heartbreaking' Visit To Somalia, UN Relief Chief Urges Safe Passage For Aid Workers

New York, Aug 13 2011 9:10PM
The United Nations relief chief visited the capital of Somalia today, stressing that aid workers must have safe passage to those in need so they can save the lives of millions of people at risk from malnutrition or infectious diseases as famine grips the Horn of Africa.

On a one-day visit to Mogadishu, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos toured Banadir Hospital -- one of just four locations in the war-wracked city where children suffering from acute malnutrition are being treated.

Ms. Amos described the scenes she witnessed in the hospital as heartbreaking.

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