MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 12 (UPI) -- The Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the Somali capital Mogadishu, is appealing for humanitarian aid for hundreds of displaced families.
Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the UIC chairman, said priority "should be given to providing shelter material, food and medicines" to the displaced and "those whose homes were destroyed" in the fighting between the UIC and faction leaders, the U.N. Integrated Regional Information Network reported.
Ahmed said the UIC would provide "any assistance to any organization willing to help our people," adding that "they will be able to go anywhere they want and have as much access as they need."
United Nations Emergency Coordinator Jan Egeland said Monday that a United Nations team has met with UIC officials and agreed to open a dialogue that would allow for access to Mogadishu, which he called "the only capital on Earth with no presence from international organizations."