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Restrictions on aid to Somalia must be lifted

As NGOs which have worked in Somalia for decades, we are accustomed to the daily struggle to survive that is the reality for most Somalis. However, never before have we faced such acute suffering with so many lives at stake.

Somalia is at a turning point. The next three months are critical; hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance.

Efforts to increase assistance and prevent more deaths will not be enough unless accompanied by a change in approach. The humanitarian imperative must override political considerations.

Current restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance are preventing the rapid scale-up of aid so desperately needed. Lives will be saved through dialogue rather than military action. With this in mind we call on:

• parties to the conflict to immediately commit to a full cessation of hostilities and remove restrictions on delivery of aid; and

• international governments to enhance diplomatic efforts to ensure unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid.

AND ACF International

Action Africa Help – International (AHH–I)

ADRA

Caritas Switzerland

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Family Empowerment and Relief Organization (FERO)

Finn Church Aid (FCA)

GRT Group for Transcultural Relations (GRT)

HIRJA Somalia (HIJRA)

Integrated Development Focus (IDF)

International Rescue Committee, Somalia (IRC)

KAALO Relief and Development (KAALO)

Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Médecins du Monde France (MDM)

Mubarak for Relief and Development Organisation (MURDO)

OXFAM

SAREDO

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – Germany (VSF G)

WASDA

World Vision (WVI)

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