| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 03/07/17)
The Africa Union said Tuesday it has embarked on a peace program that seeks to build and strengthen the capacity of Somali stakeholders in conflict negotiation, resolution and management. A statement from the AU mission (AMISOM) issued in Nairobi said the three-day training for stakeholders began in the Kenyan capital on Monday and draws 21 Somali participants from different backgrounds and regions. AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Francisco Caetano Madeira said the meeting would grant the participants theories that would help them deal with problems that divide their country. "I expect that with the new acquired skills you will go back to Somalia to support negotiations, mediation and dialogue initiatives of your respective places of work...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
The UN humanitarian agency confirmed on Monday that 196 people have died from acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and cholera outbreak in Somalia since January. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update on cholera that a total of 7,909 AWD/cholera cases have been reported in 11 regions (38 districts) since the beginning of 2017. It said the health partners are supporting affected communities with hygiene kits as well as oral rehydration salts to manage moderate cases in the communities. Severe cases are managed in the cholera treatment centers established in Bay and Bayhow hospitals, said the UN. "In Lower Jubba, Banadir and Bay regions, in areas where partners have access and have been able...
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(Voice of America 03/04/17)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is appealing for $24.6 million to provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable victims of Somalia's drought. Many of them are now under threat of famine. Humanitarian agencies report alarming similarities between the current situation in Somalia and the 2011 famine that killed more than one quarter of a million people. The IOM warns the severity of this new drought could put an even greater number of people at risk. IOM spokeswoman Olivia Headon says a huge increase in humanitarian aid
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Kenya's army said Thursday that they killed 57 Al-Shabaab militants during a clash at Afmadow area of southern Somalia. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owuoth said the troops who are part of the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are still in the region to purge it of the militants. Owuoth said in a statement the 8:45-a.m. incident that involved artillery fire and helicopter gunships took place close to Subow Centre. The spokesman said the soldiers remain vigilant and will continue to relentlessly pursue the terrorist to ensure peace and security of Kenya, as well as to support AMISOM operations to stabilize Somalia. Kenya has blamed members of Al-Shabaab for a series of abduction of foreigners and grenade and...
(AL Jazeera 03/03/17)
t least 57 al-Shabab fighters were killed after African Union (AU) and Somali forces attacked one of the armed group's camps in the southern region of Juba, according to the AU's peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In a post on Twitter, AMISOM said that vehicles and equipment were destroyed in Thursday's morning assault on the al-Shabab base outside Afmadow, a town about 100km inland from the Somali port of Kismayo. The AU force said "a large cache of weapons" had also been captured in the operation, which was backed by helicopter gunships. A separate statement by Kenya's defence ministry said an unknown number of fighters were injured. There was no immediate word of casualties among the AU or Somali forces...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
A prolonged drought across the East African region and heavy flooding in some southern African countries are compounding the effects of conflicts to make people's lives difficult. Against the global trend of good harvests, Africa, especially its eastern part, faces the challenge of worsening food security due to drought and conflicts. Some 37 countries require external assistance for food, including 28 African countries, as a result of lingering effects of last year's El Nino-triggered drought on harvests, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In South Sudan, nearly half of the population of 11.3 million are in urgent need of food aid as the UN declared famine in the East African nation last week. Tens of thousands of people...
(Bloomberg 03/03/17)
Polar Star Management Ltd., which runs one of the best-performing African and Middle East hedge fund over the past five years, plans to start a private-equity unit that will invest in agriculture to exploit rising demand for food. The Cape Town-based firm plans to use its own money to buy small farms and processing companies in South Africa this year, then increase efficiency through consolidation and better management, said Murray Derksen, a director at Polar Star. It aims to raise 1.5 billion rand ($115 million) for the fund, which may also buy commodities such as grains, while targeting an internal rate of return of 8 percent to 12 percent, he said. “We looked at the increase in corn demand globally,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(Xinhuanet 03/01/17)
The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that it has repatriated some 49,376 Somali refugees in Kenya since the return exercise begun in December 2014. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its bi-weekly update that out of the figure, some 10,062 were supported in 2017 alone. "The number of flights has been significantly increased as it remains the only mean of transportation to Somalia. Returns movements by air are organized to Mogadishu, Kismayu and Baidoa," it said in a statement issued in Nairobi. According to the UNHCR, road convoys were also organized from Dadaab in northeast Kenyan camp to Dhobley in Somalia respectively on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. "For the time being, flights from Dadaab to Somalia...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Drought is threatening 1.5 million people in Somalia and less than half of the people in the Horn of Africa country have access to basic health services, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. WHO announced its efforts to scale up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food crisis. Some 1.5 million people are believed to be affected by the severe drought and worsening food crisis. More than 400,000 of those people are malnourished children. "Somalia is now at a critical point as a result of this drought and environmental hazards and lack of basic services," said WHO's regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Mahmoud Fikri. The UN health agency said that it is...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize -- drew a blank once again in finding a suitable laureate, it was announced Tuesday. The prize only goes to a democratically-elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office within the last three years. The award comes with $5 million (4.7 million euros) paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on. The prize, founded by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim, has only been given four times in its 10-year existence. The philanthropist has said in the past that making no award sent just as strong a message on African leadership. "A very high bar was deliberately...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
A massive fire destroyed large parts of Mogadishu's main market on Monday, leaving three people dead, including two children, and several others wounded, police said. The blaze began early in the morning, sending thick plumes of smoke billowing over the Somali capital as flames devoured market stalls whose hodge-podge placement made it difficult for firefighters to contain the inferno. "The fire was the worst that I have ever seen. It devastated a large part of the market. Three civilians died, two of them children and several others were also wounded but thanks to God the fire is now under control," said police official Adam Mohamed. Some said the blaze was caused by a fire stove, while other sources indicated there...
(The Associated Press 02/27/17)
The Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said. The recommendations sent to the White House would allow U.S special operations forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army in the struggle against al-Shabab militants in the fragile Horn of Africa nation, the officials said. They said the proposal would give the military greater flexibility to launch airstrikes against extremists that appear to be a threat. Beefing up the military effort in Somalia fits with President Donald Trump's broader request for a Pentagon plan to accelerate the U.S.-led battle against the...
(The Associated Press 02/27/17)
A huge fire engulfed Somali capital's main market, killing at least two people, a Somali police officer said Monday. The overnight inferno started at the gold bazaar and winds spread it rapidly through the market, razing large buildings, shops and food stores, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Firefighters eventually put out the fire which sent hundreds of people fleeing across the streets of Somali capital's commercial hub. The cause of the fire remains unclear but market traders blamed an electrical fault. The store owners reported a huge loss of properties due to the fire, which sent plumes of smoke into the air. Mogadishu's mayor, Sheikh Yusuf Hussein, visited the burned-out marketplace and said that firefighters were hampered by the market's narrow...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset by customs officers, thieves, murderers and rapists. The film -- the first feature-length film to show at the festival -- deals with "the bravery of women," Traore told AFP at the festival in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou. "There is a...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
A drought resistant variant of sweet potatoes which will help mitigate the impact of drought in Somalia is being introduced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with Rural Education and Agriculture Development Organization (READO), a local NGO. The sweet potato variant, commonly referred to as the orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), is suitable for growth in regions with minimal rainfall. READO Executive Director, Abdullahi Abdirahman Ali said the introduction of OFSP in Baidoa will be of great value to the community as it will help to improve the livelihood of internally displaced persons (IDPs). "We urge other international organizations and local partners to support the initiative, as this will help in mitigating drought issues in Somalia," Ali...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Kenya's security forces on Thursday arrested 14 suspects and seized two guns in a major operation to flush out suspected Somali bandits behind attacks in Kora National Park in Mwingi, northeast Kenya. Regional Police Commander Gideon Amalla also confirmed that 500 camels were also driven out of the park as part of efforts to address a crisis that was boiling pitting residents of Mwingi and the herders. Amalla said they had also seized two guns believed to have been used in attacking locals. "The operation will continue until we are satisfied the situation is manageable," he said from the ground. This follows Monday's and Tuesday's incidents in which five locals were killed by the Somali herders in a clash over...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Hassan Ali Kheyre, a former aid worker and oil executive, was named prime minister of Somalia on Thursday by the country's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, made the announcement on Twitter. After his nomination Kheyre -- also spelt Khaire -- promised to "tirelessly work with the president and try to form a government that represents the public". Tensions between Somali presidents and their prime ministers in recent years have frequently stymied government business and undermined political progress in the fragile Horn of Africa nation, so the relationship between the two men will be crucial. Kheyre is a political newcomer and, like Farmajo
(AL Jazeera 02/23/17)
 
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Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Somalia's new president, has been sworn in under tight security at a ceremony in the capital, Mogadishu. Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, has warned it may take at least two decades for the country to recover from years of conflict and humanitarian crises.

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