1 In July, a UN human rights officer embarked on an outreach visit to the Sool and Sanaag regions in the Horn of Africa, a seven-day round trip and more than 1,600 kilometers by road.
2 The region is home to some 600,000 people, many of whom the UN seeks to support as they face challenges ranging from inter-clan conflict to gender-based violence and human rights violations.
3 Traveling such long distances is part of the regular job of human rights and other UN officials in their efforts to help those in need.
4 The recent trip involved talks with local government officials, civil society groups and human rights activists, with the latter calling for greater press freedom, modern facilities for law enforcement to better serve local residents, and improvements to camps for internally displaced persons.
5 The safety of UN teams on such outreach missions is an important consideration, as is navigating long stretches of roads of varying quality and avoiding wildlife, especially herds of camels.
6 Find out more about the road trip and how the UN is helping vulnerable people in the Horn of Africa here.