Friday 15 December 2017
(ABC News 06/18/13)
Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has rejected claims that refugees from Somalia are not being accepted by Australia. Somali refugees in Indonesia told the ABC that they had been advised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that they would not be accepted through Australia's resettlement programs, even if they had refugee status. Mr O'Connor says the assertion is incorrect. "Indeed, we've increased the offshore component under our humanitarian program, which provides more opportunities for people from all parts of the world, including Africa, to be resettled here," he told AM. Somali refugee Mohamed Abdurahman said he had been waiting for resettlement in Indonesia for three years and was wondering if Australia will not accept him because he is...
(Suna Times 06/18/13)
The civil war and insurgencies led by Al Qaeda-inspired factions has destroyed much of Somalia’s infrastructure but the green shoots of recovery can be seen in Mogadishu where a mini economic boom is currently underway. Mogadishu (Sunatimes) Ravaged by civil war for more than two decades and often described as the “most dangerous place in the world”, Somalia seems the most unlikely of places to do business, never mind become a sought-after tourist destination. But times are changing in this war-torn part of Africa and as a new government focuses onreturning stability to the nation, its entrepreneurs and business community are beginning to look ahead with hope to a time when business can boom. Somalia’s biggest selling point is, of...
(Suna Times 06/18/13)
“Every child has a constitutional right to primary and secondary education free of charge,” the Prime Minister said. “In recent years too many young Somalis have been led astray by false religious training. A new education system must deliver proper religious instruction, rise above clannism, improve the position of teachers and enhance the condition of school buildings.” Education will be the foundation of a new Somalia, Prime Minister says, opening a landmark National Education Conference in Mogadishu A new national education system will underpin brighter futures for a new generation of Somalis, His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said today, opening a three-day National Education Conference in Mogadishu. “Education must be at the heart of every civilised country's agenda...
(Shabelle News 06/18/13)
Addis Ababa- — the spokesman of Raskamboni militia Abdinasir Serar who held a press conference yesterday elaborated on Ahmed Mohamed Islam's visit to Ethiopia and the reason behind the visit. Mr. Serar said that the leader paid a visit to Addis Abab to seek support from the Ethiopian government and inform the Ethiopian prime minister of the recent development made by elders of Juba land who named a new federal administration for the region. Mr Serar added that Mr. Madobe explained how his administration will work and be part of the federal state. Mr. Serar finally said that his administration will not take part in the proposed meeting in Mogadishu which is being organized by the federal government of Somalia...
(Garowe online 06/18/13)
There is no question that Somali politics has been further polarized since the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on September 10, 2012. President Hassan's irrationally obsessive refusal to recognize the rights of local communities in Jubaland State is the root cause of this new, and dangerous, polarization in Somali politics. Political fragmentation is not a new phenomenon in Somalia. The country disintegrated in 1991 after the violent overthrow of former President Mohamed Siyad Barre. The Somali people, and the internationally community that supports them, have since been struggling to reinstitute and rebuild the nation, using the politics of peace, dialogue and reconciliation. It is worrisome that President Hassan unreasonably rejects the formation of Jubaland State. Why does President Hassan...
(The Post Online 06/18/13)
Piracy attacks on the West African coast are now more frequent than Somali piracy, a report by the International Maritime Bureau and other organisations said. In 2012, the IMB recorded 966 attacks in West Africa and 851 attacks by Somali pirates. The findings show a 78% drop in Somalia piracy compared to figures from the previous year. The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012, released today by the IMB, Oceans Beyond Piracy and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, complained that the number of pirate attacks in West Africa has not received as much attention as similar attacks in Somalia. However, the report commended the marine insurance market for responding quickly to the rise of West African piracy and estimated...
(BBC News Africa 06/18/13)
Maritime piracy off West Africa differs from that off Somalia and may eventually prove harder to deal with. In the Somali Basin there is a large concentration of patrolling warships - from the US Navy 5th Fleet, Nato, the EU and others - as well as reconnaissance aircraft, all acting in coordination. But in the Gulf of Guinea there is not one but several national coastlines to patrol with no single unified policing body. Somali pirates generally aim to capture a ship with minimum casualties then hold the vessel, its crew and cargo to ransom for millions of dollars, sometimes for as long as two years. West African pirates tend to be land-based criminals, mostly from Nigeria, who look to...
(Garowe online 06/17/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia June 17 2013 (Garowe Online) – The presidential palace in Mogadishu, Villa Somalia was shelled leaving 4 people injured and homes wrecked after mortars were launched targeting the Prime Minister’s quarters, allegedly by Al Shabaab, Garowe Online reports. Mortar shells targeted the presidential palace late on Sunday evening, missing their target and hitting neighbouring residences. Following the shelling, security forces in Mogadishu launched investigations to identify the Al Shabaab cells responsible for the attacks. According to local sources, hundreds of people were arrested early Monday morning. The districts of Hodan and Howlwadag are where authorities conducted the investigations on Monday. This is the second shelling of the presidential palace in two months, despite the ousting of the Al...
(Garowe online 06/17/13)
MELBOURNE, Australia June 16 2013 (Garowe Online) – The Melbourne Somali community held a welcoming ceremony for Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole on Saturday, Garowe Online reports. The publicized event was organized by the Puntland Diaspora Forum (PDF) and attended by many Somalis from Australia. Guest speakers included Somali Consul-­‐General in Australia Mr. Yonis Hashi, former Somali politicians Gen. Mohamed Atosh and Dr. Ali Nur Duale, Islamic scholars Sheikh Issa and Sheikh Mohamed Ali Good, Somali businesswomen Malyun Ahmed, youth representative Yahye Osman Abdullahi, Somali poet Mr. Mohamed Warsame Jabhad, and a representative of Somali Kenyans, Mr. Mohamed Amin. President Farole said that, “here in Melbourne, I feel that I am at home and I will speak to you from...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Mareeg.com-Kampala, The Gender Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today concluded a four-day workshop on drafting Somalia’s National Gender Policy held in Kampala-Uganda at Golf Course Hotel. Participants identified key opportunities and challenges allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of gender issues.The delegates further shared experiences from neighboring nations on implementing gender policies. The workshop mapped out and formulated Somalia’s first National Gender Policy to be approved by the Federal Government of Somalia through its parliament. Participants were engaged in role-playing and group work to put in effect the identified economic empowerment, health, education, political participation and decision making as four priority areas. The sessions were interactive and relevant scenarios were used to contextualize given concepts...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Addis-Ababa-(Mareeg.com)- a delegation led by Ahmed Mohamed Islam has departed to Addis Ababa today where he will be received by the Ethiopian prime minister. It is believed that the Ethiopian prime minister invited Ahmed Madobe to Addis Ababa to discuss political issues with the Ethiopian government. Ahmed Madobe and his delegates were delighted to have such invitations as they fight for the international recognition for his newly named administration duped Juba Land. However the situation in Kismayu is not yet looking conducive for Madobe’s administration as the federal government and major communities living in the Juba regions rejected his administration fiercely. The opposition of Madobe’s administration is led by the federal government of Somalia and clan warlords residing from Gedo...
(Garowe online 06/17/13)
JOWHAR, Somalia Jun 17 2013 (Garowe Online) – Clashes in Jowhar, led to 10 deaths between clan militia and government forces on Saturday, days following traditional elders’ accusation of being “subjugated” by dominant clans backed by the Somali Federal Government, Garowe Online reports. According to local sources, at least 10 people were killed on the battling sides on Saturday on the outskirts of Johwar in the Middle Shabelle region in southern Somalia. Johwar district government officials said that government forces clashed with alleged Al Shabaab fighters after the forces reportedly headed to an area where a murder occurred. “The forces that battled with us [government forces] were Al Shabaab fighters, because there are no clans with armed [technical] vehicles in...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Nairobi-(Mareeg.com)- Kenyan intelligence officials snatched documents and electronic gadgets belonging to Somali parliamentarians as they spent the night at Serena hotel in Nairobi. The parliamentarians attended a meeting opposing Ahmed Madobes administration in Kenya which was attended by various diplomats. The intelligence officials assaulted the 3 parliamentarians and later on took off with their passports and laptops. The three members of parliament who also held different ministerial roles in the previous regime include Abdullahi Qothah Bare, Abdirahman Hosh Jibril and Hussein Arab Isa. Additional reports say that the intelligence officials were accompanied by the son of former Kenya’s defense minister Yusuf Haji known as Nuradin Yusuf Haji This could worsen the relationship between Nairobi and Mogadishu as the Kenyan government...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Mareeg.com-The Somali nation and I thank the world for their sustained support over the past few years. As things have got steadily better, you have worked with us to build on that confidence and maintain the momentum. We appreciate the support of the G8 under the UK Presidency, and the international support confirmed during the Somalia Conference in London in May. We hope that this will develop through the New Deal process and the donor Conference in Brussels in September. We have made very considerable progress over the past year on security sector reform, political issues, and rebuilding state institutions. But I am not under any illusion about the challenges that remain, and nor should you be. This is a...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
The Gender Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today concluded a four-day workshop on drafting Somalia’s National Gender Policy held in Kampala-Uganda at Golf Course Hotel. Participants identified key opportunities and challenges allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of gender issues.The delegates further shared experiences from neighboring nations on implementing gender policies. The workshop mapped out and formulated Somalia’s first National Gender Policy to be approved by the Federal Government of Somalia through its parliament. Participants were engaged in role-playing and group work to put in effect the identified economic empowerment, health, education, political participation and decision making as four priority areas. The sessions were interactive and relevant scenarios were used to contextualize given concepts. The...
(Standard Digital 06/17/13)
Kenya will host a major international conference in August to discuss on modalities of repatriating more than one million Somali refugees to their country. The conference, which will be held in the second week of August, will be co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Somali and UNHCR with the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) being invited. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed Monday revealed that a group of international organisations are already mapping out safe places for the refugees to resettle; saying the exercise will be conducted in the most humane manner. Ambassador Amina said that currently there are over one million Somali refugees, of which 600,000 are formally registered. She said that the organisations have already compiled documents and...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Mareeg.com-Nairobi, 17 June, 2013- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has partnered with NGO Heshima Kenya to provide clothing for refugees departing from Kenya and traveling to the United States as part of the United States Refugee Admission Programme. Every week, Somali, Ethiopian, Sudanese and Congolese refugees from Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps are brought to the IOM’s Transit Centre in Nairobi to complete preparations for their journey to the United States. Every departing family is given a flight tool kit which includes clothing, shoes, toiletries, diapers, snacks and drinking water. These items are important during the refugees’ journey as often refugees do not have adequate or appropriate clothing for their transition to the life in United States. The clothing...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(Garowe online 06/14/13)
Mogadishu — Government sources informed GO that Somali Federal Government (SFG) Minister of the Presidential Palace Farah Abdiqadir has been in Ethiopia trying to mend deteriorating ties, Garowe Online reports. According to SFG sources, Minister Farah who has been in Ethiopia for the past three days has been meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to give an unidentified letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister from the SFG President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The sources tell GO that the two leaders relationship turned sour after President Hassan allegedly supported Egypt against Ethiopia who begun construction of a controversial dam along the Blue Nile. The sources say that President Hassan backed Egypt against the building of the dam after an official visit by...

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