Sunday 28 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/13)
The Somali government expects to get its first shipment of light weapons within two months after the United Nations partially lifted an arms embargo to strengthen security forces fighting al Qaeda-linked militants, Somalia's president said. Aware of international wariness about sending arms to a volatile country already awash in weapons, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said he knew the world was closely watching how his government would manage a fresh inflow of arms. "We take full responsibility. The world is looking at us and monitoring us," Mohamud said in an interview in Doha on Wednesday after taking part in his first Arab summit focused on Syria and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "We are not worried about getting supplies, we're concerned about the...
(AL Jazeera 03/28/13)
President acknowledges rights issues but denies allegations his soldiers have been abusing people in refugee camps. Somalia's President has responded to a report that accuses security forces of abusing people in refugee camps, saying his government is working to improve its human rights record but that the list of problems his country is facing is "endless". Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that Somalia's state security forces and armed groups have raped and beaten people who sought shelter and safety in emergency camps. The New York-based rights group said the victims were people arriving in the capital, Mogadishu, after fleeing famine and armed conflict since 2011. In an 80-page report, the HRW said the new Somali government had done...
(Shabelle News 03/27/13)
Doha (sh.M.network) the president of the federal republic of Somalia Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mahmud, accompanied by a delegation today participated in Arab summit meeting today The delegates who attended the meeting among were Finance minister honorable Mohamud Hassan Suleiman, foreign affairs minister honorable Mohamed Nuur Ga’al ,Somalia’s ambassador to Qatar honorable Omar Sheikh Ali and Somali’s representative in the Arab summit Abdullahi Hassan Mohamud . The summit was opened by the king of Qatar Emir Hamad bin Khalifah the 3rd .In his opening speech Mr. Hamad said that he was aware of the great change in Somalia and his government will give them full support. He pleaded with other Arab countries to help their Somalia brothers and offer them a...
(Garowe online 03/27/13)
KISMAYO, Somalia Mar 27 2013 (Garowe Online) – Sources in Kismayo tell GO that talks between the Somali Federal Government (SFG) and the interim administration in Kismayo hit a deadlock, Garowe Online reports. A SFG delegation that included members of the federal parliament and Minister of Defense Abdihakim Haji Mohamud Fiqi and Minister of Interior Abdikarim Hussein Guled arrived in Kismayo on Sunday and met with interim administration leader Sheikh Ahmed Madoobe. Following several appeals by Jubaland residents for the SFG participate in the process, the SFG delegation visited Kismayo to revive the lifeless talks between the two sides on how to proceed with the Jubaland state conference. Sources say that talks hit a roadblock when the SFG delegation proposed...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's intelligence agency said on Monday it has detained eight members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist militant group who it accused of plotting to kidnap U.N. workers. The arrests were the latest in a crackdown on people charged with having links to fighters in neighbouring Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed troops to support Mogadishu's battle against al Shabaab and its six-year insurgency. The group wanted to abduct foreigners working for the U.N. World Food Programme and the United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia and take them to Somalia to demand a ransom, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said. "The eight were caught red-handed with arms as they plotted to carry out the kidnappings," NISS...
(BBC News Africa 03/27/13)
Internally displaced people in Somalia are suffering sexual violence and other forms of abuse, reports the Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaign group. The abuse takes place at the hands of armed groups, including government forces, it says. In the report, women who fled famine and conflict describe being gang-raped in camps in the capital, Mogadishu. Managers of the camps - often allied to militias - siphon off food and other aid, the HRW report says. HRW says that even though the new Somali government which came to power in September last year has made some impressive statements, it has done very little to change the situation on the ground. "Our findings suggested that the people in these camps are often...
(Suna Times 03/27/13)
The Somali media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) overjoyed the successful opening of the first national Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change at Somalia South-Central None State Actors (SOSCENSA) conference hall on Saturday march 23, 2013 and previously scheduled to be from 23 to 24 March 2013 in Mogadishu, Somalia. Organized by SOMESHA in collaboration with Somalia Young Doctors Association (SOYDA), Benadir Livestock Professional Association (BENALPA) and Somalia Social Workers Association (SOSWA) and hosted by Somalia South-Central None State Actors (SOSCENSA). SOSCENSA projects manager Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Shegow and SOMESHA Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud were officially opened the conference at around 9:00AM on Saturday march 23, 2013 at SOSCENSA conference hall in Mogadishu. More...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Midnimo 03/20/13)
Hooded militants loyal to Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group, seized the town of Hudur, the capital of Bakol region, 420 km southwest of Mogadishu. The militants entered the town late on Sunday when Ethiopian troops and accompanying Somali forces had abandoned the town earlier in the day. Talking to the media on Monday, residents who disguised the identities for security reasons reported that the Ethiopians loaded their gears and weaponry on a number of trucks before heading westwards. “By ten o’clock (on Sunday) there was no a single Ethiopian soldier in the town,” said a resident. Indeed, heavily armed Ethiopian troops supporting Somali government forces captured Hudur town on 22nd of March 2012. The development denied the fanatical militants the...
(Midnimo 03/20/13)
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today said the government was planning to retake the town of Hudur in Bakool region. The Prime Minister condemned the cold-blooded murder of Sheikh Abdirahaman Moalim Warsame, the spiritual leader of Hudur, which took place after Al Shabaab took control of the city on Sunday. “This barbaric act will do nothing to stop us from moving forward and we are now working flat out with Somali National Forces, together with our partners, to retake the town,” the Prime Minister said. “We will prevail.” ENDS Ahmed Adan Prime Minister’s Media Office Mogadishu, Somalia
(Midnimo 03/14/13)
After long years of wait, the Mogadishu seaport officially opened its doors to livestock owners who wish to export their animals through the facility. This is the first time in almost two decades that livestock is being exported from the war ravaged capital Mogadishu. The country on Friday exported its first batch consisting of 13,000 goats and 2435 camels. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are among the leading countries that import livestock from the Horn of African nation. Until recently, Bosasso seaport in Puntland region, and Berbera seaport in Somaliland, northwest of Somalia used to be the main ports used in exporting livestock. For the past two decades now, these pastoralists were unable to export their livestock...
(Midnimo 03/14/13)
The poor sanitation of Somalia prisons chills prisoners’ rights to health The Somalia Social Workers Association (SOSWA) concerns over the amazing health conditions exist in across Somalia prisons with its sinister overtones. This concern comes after when SOSWA acknowledged that the prisoners in Somalia central prison are in line with dramatic diarrhea and cholera diseases due to the scorching typical weather over the last two weeks in which caused death and urgent horrified tones from the chief of the central prison staff. Habitually, Somalia is hot most of the times but the months of March and April are the most serious months of high temperature scale in the country. According to the deputy of chief of the central prison Mr...
( 03/12/13)
Fourteen Filipino sailors have been freed unharmed by Somali pirates after 10 months in captivity on an hijacked Greek-owned oil tanker, the Philippines said on Tuesday. The Filipinos were among 26 crew members of the M/T Smyrni that was hijacked on May 10 off the coast of Oman. The ship and the crew were released March 9. ``All of the crew members are in good physical condition,’’ Foreign Ministry spokesman Raul Hernandez said. ``The vessel and its crew are now en route to Salalah, Oman.’’ Nine Filipino crewmen from two other ships were still being held captive by Somali pirates, Hernandez said.
(AL Jazeera 03/07/13)
Ban Ki-moon regrets a reporter jailed for speaking to an alleged rape victim will remain imprisoned after court ruling. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has welcomed Somalia's release from jail of a woman who told a journalist she was raped by security forces, but expressed regret the journalist she spoke to would remain behind bars. A Somali appeals court dropped charges on Sunday against the woman, who had been sentenced to a year in jail for "offending state institutions". The sentence for Abdiaziz Abdinuur, the reporter, was cut in half to six months. Abdinuur had also been found guilty of offending state institutions, as well making a false interview and entering the house of a woman whose husband was not...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
A Somali court has dropped charges against a woman who says she was raped by government security forces. Lul Ali Osman was sentenced in February to one year in prison, after a judge said she was unable to show any evidence proving she had been raped. A reporter who allegedly interviewed her about case, Abdiaziz Abdinur, was also sentenced to a year in prison for not following journalistic ethics. On Sunday, a Mogadishu appeals court judge ordered Osman's release, saying there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charge. The court reduced Abdinur's sentence to six months. Both were accused of fabricating the story in an attempt to make money, and were charged with insulting the country's honor. The case...
(Voice of America 03/04/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is considering lifting an arms embargo on Somalia's government for one year so it can beef up its army to combat Islamist fighters, according to a draft resolution that is due to be voted on by the divided council on Wednesday. The Somalia government has asked for the arms embargo to be lifted and the United States has been pushing the council to agree, but Britain and France have been wary of removing the ban in a country already awash with weapons, diplomats say. The draft resolution, drawn up by Britain and obtained by Reuters, appears to propose a compromise: lifting the arms embargo for one year but keeping restrictions in place on...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/13)
Reuters) - Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya's presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighboring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels. The Islamist al Shabaab rebel group told Kenyan Muslims, who account for about 11 percent of the population, that the Nairobi government treated them as foreigners and second-class citizens. "Your regions are the least developed in Kenya and have the least facilities. You have been misled by the false promises of the presidential candidates and the same empty promises are repeated on every election campaign," al Shabaab said in a statement cited by the U.S.-based SITE service on Monday. "What is incumbent...
(Jssnews 03/04/13)
Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya's presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighboring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels. The Islamist al Shabaab rebel group told Kenyan Muslims, who account for about 11 percent of the population, that the Nairobi government treated them as foreigners and second-class citizens. "Your regions are the least developed in Kenya and have the least facilities. You have been misled by the false promises of the presidential candidates and the same empty promises are repeated on every election campaign," al Shabaab said in a statement cited by the U.S.-based SITE service on Monday. "What is incumbent upon you...

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