Prelate calls for greater international attention to Somalia

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The apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, has called for greater international attention to the plight of Somalia, whose president recently survived an assassination attempt.

The militants of Al-Shabaab and other groups have “targeted government and foreign organization representatives and their staff,” said Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti, according to a Fides report. “This is because they want to destabilize the Somali institutions in the reconstruction phase. The new federal government is already destabilized by internal disputes on federalism and other issues.”

“At least at an international community level, it is necessary to be more compact,” he added. “In particular, regional powers, especially Kenya and Ethiopia, I hope convince themselves that it is important to have a strong Somali state instead of the current chaotic situation.”