United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in Mogadishu on Tuesday (March 7) at the start of what Mr. Guterres called an emergency visit to Somalia to highlight the country's famine crisis. He said: "People are dying. The world must act now to stop this." He added: "We need to make as much noise as possible, conflict, drought, climate change, disease, cholera. The combination is a nightmare." The UN Secretary-General urged international support to provide food and humanitarian aid to Somalia. "This hunger requires a massive response," he said. Welcoming Mr. Guterres, the U.N. chief, Mohamed said: "My first priority is to address this drought crisis and my main priority is to make an appeal to the international community to help us." The UN Secretary-General said he was bringing a message of solidarity to the president, a message of support. They discussed the perilous humanitarian situation in Somalia as well as pressing security issues that would affect the coordination efforts. At a joint press conference, the Secretary-General said: "People are dying, the world must act now to stop this. With the support of the international community, it is possible to avert the famine and save millions of lives. Somalia needs more international aid." The Secretary-General flew to Baidoa for a visit and is expected to visit hospitals and internally displaced people camps on the frontline of the famine. Meanwhile, the head of UN OCH, Stephen O'Brien also arrived in Somalia on Monday (March 6), following visits to Yemen, South Sudan and Kenya to see the drought situation at first hand.
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