BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The UN's Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, is in the Somali capital Mogadishu, where she toured a hospital in the famine stricken country. She also met with people who had survived the long journey to the Somali capital in an attempt to escape starvation.
Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said "I can't imagine what it's like for parents who are seeing their children - two, three year-olds - who don't even look big enough to be six months old. It is absolutely distressing, we really have to do what we can, I know security is difficult but we have to do all we can to make sure that we help people who are absolutely desperate. "
The UN said last week that only 20 percent of the 2-point-6 million Somalis who need aid, have received it. The shortfall has been blamed on the al-Qaida-linked group Al-Shabab, which controls large portions of the country and has banned relief agencies from operating in its territories. Meanwhile, The World Food Program said on Saturday that it was expanding food distribution efforts in the country after militants withdrew from most areas of the capital last week.