ROME — Italy has allocated another million euros to support refugees in Somalia in a financial agreement signed in Nairobi by Italian ambassador to Somalia, Fabrizio Marcelli and the UNHCR representative to the country, Bushra Halepota, in the presence of the Somali National Commissioner for Refugees and IDPs, Ahmed Nur, Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Jamal Mohamed Hassan, and the country’s special envoy for the rights of children and refugees, Mariam Yassin Hagi Yussuf. The money will be channelled through Italian Cooperation to provide assistance to Somali refugees fleeing Yemen and its conflict.


In particular, the initiative aims to integrate the immediate assistance to Somalis who land on the northern coast of Somalia, with sustainable solutions to facilitate their long-term social and economic reintegration in their areas of origin, mainly in the southern central region of the country.

The contribution is part of a bigger Italian commitment in the field of refugees and displaced persons in Somalia, with a series of activities financed by the Italian government and implemented by the UN agency for a total of 4.7 million euros in the period 2010 to 2015.