Sunday 22 October 2017
(AL Jazeera 06/07/13)
Somalia's central government and the leaders of one of the country's regions are locked in a power struggle that could turn violent. The dispute centres on Jubaland - an area in the southern-most part of Somalia that has claimed statehood and elected a president. As the standoff escalates, Jubaland authorities are threatening to cut all ties with Mogadishu. Constitution calls for federal structure but recent claim of statehood in the south is causing problems. Somalis are trying to agree on a government that decentralises power but also brings the nation back together after years of conflict. The country's constitution calls for a federal structure but a recent claim of statehood in the country's south is causing problems. In the second...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates who took control of a cargo vessel with 14 Indian sailors on board fled after counter piracy ships from the EU and NATO responded. The EU Naval Force says 14 Indian sailors aboard a dhow alerted officials Wednesday that their craft was under attack from 12 armed pirates. Swedish and Dutch warships responded. The pirates then steered the hijacked vessel toward the coast and abandoned it. Somali pirates once held dozens of ships and hundreds of hostages. But the number of attacks has dropped considerably due to anti-piracy patrols and armed guards on ships. The EU Naval Force says Somali pirates haven't hijacked a ship since May 2012. The...
(Xinhua 06/07/13)
China on Thursday called on the United Nations and the international community to continue to play an active and constructive role in addressing the Somalia issue and advancing the peace process in the country. Li Baodong, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said at an open Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia that "We support the new government of Somalia in implementing an interim Constitution, carrying out its six-point plan, strengthening institutional capacity, exercising government functions and extending effective authority over all its national territory." The Chinese envoy stressed that national reconciliation is the only way to build lasting peace in Somalia, urging different factions in the country to renounce violence and to join the peace process...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
A resident of a Somali town says that al-Qaida-linked militants have killed two men by firing squad for allegedly spying for the Somali government and the African Union military force. The resident, who gave his name only as Mohammed, said dozens of residents watched as masked militants from al-Shabab killed the two men late Thursday in the town of Bararwe, in southern Somalia. A self-proclaimed judge for the group read out the verdict against the two men. The judge said the two men had admitted to charges of spying. Al-Shabab's ad-hoc courts often carry out executions and other draconian punishments like amputations. The ultra-conservative al-Shabab militant group lost control of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, in 2011 but still holds sway in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Gurtong Net 06/07/13)
The traders at Kapoeta town have protested at the frequent attacks, saying that just recently, five heavily armed men stole 150,000 South Sudanese Pounds fromNarus petroleum business belonging to a Somali only identified as Musa in Kapoeta town. Traders who sought anonymity told Gurtong that armed men entered the premises in the Saturday night incident and ordered a policeman guarding the compoundto surrender his gun before tying him and ordering him to remain silent as they went for another Somali attendant. They then forced him to lead them to the treasury where they made away with the cash before fleeing the premises. The Somali business community in the state has however, expressed optimism that the situation will change with time...
(BBC News Africa 06/06/13)
The head of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab in Somalia's north-eastern region of Puntland has been captured, an official has told the BBC. Puntland's Security Minister, Khalif Isse, said Abdikafi Mohamed Ali was wounded in a raid at a militant safe house in the port city of Bossaso. A soldier was killed in the operation and the city is in lockdown as the hunt continues for other militants, he said. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, has strong links with pirates in the area. Analysts say piracy is a valuable source of funding for the Islamist group, which still controls smaller towns and rural areas of much of southern and central Somalia. In the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the militants have a...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/06/13)
The head of the new United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said he was very pleased to be in Mogadishu and “have this opportunity to support the Federal Government and people of Somalia to bring peace, security and prosperity back to Somalia.” The new UN Somalia Office, formally set up on Monday, June 3rd, comes with a new mandate "to support state building and peace building. Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon welcomed the launching of the UN office as a "vote of confidence in the new Somalia." Mr. Kay, a British national, takes over from Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, who headed the former UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). Mr. Kay...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(In2 East Africa 06/05/13)
The United Nations (UN) is reconsidering redeploying in the once war torn Somalia following the return of relative peace there, state minister for defence Gen. Jeje Odong said Wednesday. The redeployment of the international body, Odong said, is to pave way for the redevelopment of the strife torn country following the six-year exploits of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which has seen relative peace return to the Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. Speaking at a stake holder’s two-day workshop for troop and police contributing countries under AMISOM, Odong hailed the AU for the returning peace to Somalia. “As if these achievements are not enough the UN is reconsidering redeploying in Somalia and this is as a result...
(BBC News Africa 06/05/13)
The trial of three alleged Somali pirates charged with the 2011 murder of four Americans aboard a yacht off the coast of East Africa is set to begin. Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar face the death penalty if convicted of murder, kidnapping and other charges. The owners of the S/V Quest and two others were taken hostage for ransom as they sailed around the world. They were killed as rescue negotiations with the US Navy broke down. The three are accused of maintaining an armed guard over the Americans and intentionally shooting and killing them "without provocation before the hostages could be rescued by members of the military". Eleven other men have pleaded guilty...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Shabelle News 06/04/13)
Mumbai- — Almost 120 youths from Somalia imprisoned in India are complaining of different problems that they are facing while in custody. Some the youth who contacted Shabelle media station in Mogadishu said that majority of them were arrested at the Shores of Somalia coastline while fishing while others were illegal immigrants who wanted to seek refuge to other peaceful countries. The prisoners informed the media station that they were all ccused of piracy. Some of the prisoners have been in custody for more than 3 years and the federal government of Somalia requested the Indian government to hand over their cases. Some of the prisoners in a Mumbai prison face tortures from the prison wardens and poor unhealthy conditions...
(Reuters 06/04/13)
UNITED NATIONS, June 3 (Reuters) - The number of children killed, maimed, abused and recruited to fight in Somalia dropped by more than half in the first quarter of 2013 due to less fighting between Islamist al-Shabaab militants and government forces, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report to the U.N. Security Council on Somalia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there had been 552 verified "grave violations" against children between January and March, down from 1,288 cases during the same period in 2012. Almost two-thirds of the violations were committed by al Shabaab militants, who affiliated themselves with al Qaeda in February last year, while the rest were blamed on the Somali National Security Forces, the report said...
(The Star 06/04/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday reassured Somalia of Kenya’s commitment to the stabilization of the war torn country within the framework of the IGAD peace process and in accordance with the country’s Federal Constitution. President Kenyatta made the remarks at State House Nairobi when he met with the President of Puntland Federal State of Somalia Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud. The President emphasized that the regional federal states of Somalia as established by the federal constitution remain the most important pillars for stability, peace and prosperity in Somalia. He appealed to all those involved in the Somali peace process to acknowledge and support the role of regional federal states in working together with the Federal Government to bring sustainable peace and stability in...
(AL Jazeera 06/04/13)
Somali president urges Jacob Zuma to investigate killing of Somali in South Africa after graphic video goes viral. Somalia's president says he "wants answers" from South Africa after the brutal murder of a Somali man in Port Elizabeth, Al Jazeera has learned. The Somali man, 25-year-old Abdi Nasir Mahmoud Good, was stoned to death on May 30 by a mob. The violence was captured on a mobile phone and shared on the internet. Sheik Mohammed, Somalia's president, called on his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma to "act immediately" to arrest those responsible. Kamal Gutale, chief of staff in the Somali presidency, told Al Jazeera on Monday: "The president has asked Mr Zuma and his foreign minister to look into the...
(The Associated Press 06/04/13)
Al-Shabab Islamic extremists in Somalia are routinely killing civilians in attacks on soft targets and have regained some territory in areas where a security vacuum emerged despite efforts by the new federal government to consolidate peace, the U.N. chief said in a report circulated Monday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that, eight months after forming a government, Somalia was on the path to stability but "al-Shabab's presence continues to create insecurity," in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. "Targeted killings and attacks were routinely reported," Ban said, and "incidents involving improvised explosive devices rose in 2013 in comparison with 2012."Somalia had not had a functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other, plunging...
(The Associated Press 06/04/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers.Al-Shabab, the rebels linked to al-Qaida, have discouraged many parents from getting their children inoculated against polio, a disease that is an incipient problem in this Horn of Africa nation long plagued by armed conflict and disease, according to health workers who spoke to The Associated Press.The al-Shabab extremists have been pushed out of virtually all of Somalia’s cities and face continued military pressure from African Union and government troops. Health workers are gaining access to more children to give the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/04/13)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The number of children killed, maimed, abused and recruited to fight in Somalia dropped by more than half in the first quarter of 2013 due to less fighting between Islamist al-Shabaab militants and government forces, the United Nations said on Monday.In a report to the U.N. Security Council on Somalia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there had been 552 verified "grave violations" against children between January and March, down from 1,288 cases during the same period in 2012. Michelle Nichols
(Voice of America 06/04/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Somalia Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon is calling for South African President Jacob Zuma to take urgent action to prevent more violence against the Somali business community in South Africa. The call follows deadly attacks the past week against foreign business owners in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Somali shopkeeper Abdi Ahmed died in the worst way imaginable, according to his brother Issa, who stumbled upon his dying brother shortly after they were attacked by a mob last week in the South African city of Port Elizabeth. "His body was mutilated," he says. "There were wounds from knives, stones, and machetes." He says, "you would not think he was killed by human beings. My brother was killed by animals;...

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