Sunday 19 November 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Somalia's regional Puntland state on Monday launched a partnership deal aimed at bringing piped water to thousands of people in the town of Bosasso. Under a public private partnership, UNICEF, the Puntland Authority for Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and Golden Utilities Management Company (GUMCO) rehabilitated the town's water tank and laid more than 10,000 meters of pipeline to overhaul the deteriorating water system in Bosasso. "This is a great step forward in ensuring as many people as possible have access to safe water, especially now with the crisis caused by the drought," UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier said in a statement. According to UNICEF, much of the population in Bosasso, a major...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said. “It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters. He said the fighting occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area. “Accidents happen,” he said. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew a dictator then turned against each other. The weak U.N.-backed government is now battling an Islamist insurgency, but many members of its security forces are badly trained and coordination is poor. “Last night security forces (the...
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to report back on the circumstances surrounding the handover. Mogadishu’s detention and subsequent transfer of Mr. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) to Ethiopia in August 2017 sparked outrage in the country. The action has been described as a breach of Somali and international laws – which decries refoulement. The Somali government has forcefully transferred a political refugee to Ethiopia which is...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/17)
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed four people at a checkpoint in central Somalia on early Sunday morning, prompting fierce retaliation from government forces, a local official said. The militants ambushed a checkpoint in Jawil area in Beledweyne region where the local government collects road levies, said local administrator Mahad Yusuf. "Four people died in the fighting this morning in Jawil after Al-Shabaab attacked forces manning the roadblock," Yusuf said. "The fighting lasted for almost half an hour."
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/17)
Heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants on Saturday morning overran a Somalia National Army (SNA) camp at Bula Hache, a few kilometers from Elwak town near the Somalia border with Kenya. Both Kenyan and Somalia officials said the militants briefly seized the town before they later withdrew after a fierce gunfight that had begun on Friday night and ended on Saturday morning. Kenya's Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said the militants overran the camp operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) before burning SNA belongings and rifles.
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
East Africa bloc said Friday it was dismayed by the recent wave of terror attacks in Somalia by Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which has left several people dead and others injured. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Al-Shabaab is bent on trying to destroy the gains that the people and Somali government have achieved through their indomitable spirit, hard work and optimism. "IGAD condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent Al-Shabaab terror attacks on civilians carried out in Mogadishu and areas in the southern part of Somalia, and in which so many innocent citizens lost their lives and as many were injured within a span of two-week time,"
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
The United States on Friday called on Somalia government to build strong and credible democratic institutions that will promote peace and stability in the country. The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu lauded the government for its continued progress towards a more inclusive democratic governance system and the peaceful transition to a new government in early 2017. "We encourage all stakeholders to rise above political distractions in order to work together to achieve progress in democratization and good governance," the embassy said in a statement issued to mark the International Day of Democracy. Washington also encouraged the Western-backed government to continue to enhance its commitment to democratization by putting in place the legal and institutional tools needed to make progress towards one-person...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(Voice of America 09/14/17)
WASHINGTON — At least 32 people have been killed in clashes across Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, a former Ethiopian lawmaker said. Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Boqor Ali Omar Allale said at least 32 ethnic Somalis, including his younger brother, were killed on Monday night in Awaday, a small town between Ethiopia's most holy Muslim town of Harar and its big eastern city of Dire Dawa. "They were innocent business people sleeping with their children and spouses. They were attacked in their homes and most of them beheaded. Based on the number of burial spaces arranged, we have at least 32 deaths, including my younger" brother, Allale told VOA Somali...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
US forces in Somalia conducted three air strikes on Islamist Shabaab targets Wednesday, killing six fighters with the Al-Qaeda linked group, the US military said. The pre-dawn operation occurred in southern Somalia about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Mogadishu. The strikes were conducted under powers President Donald Trump gave the Pentagon in March that lets the military take counter-terrorism actions -- whether airstrikes or ground raids -- when it deems them necessary to support the Somali government. "In coordination with the federal government of Somalia, US forces conducted three precision air strikes in Somalia against al-Shabaab ... killing six terrorists," the US military's Africa Command said in a statement. Before Trump broadened the Pentagon's authorities, US military actions in...
(News24 09/13/17)
Somalia has been identified as among the world's top 10 countries affected by terrorism, according to the Global Terrorism Index. The East-African country has battled with conflict since the overthrow of Major General Muhammad Siad Barre during a civil war 1991. Terrorist group al-Shabab continues to contribute to conflict and instability in the country. Every year since 2007, al-Shabab, in its attempt to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, has been responsible for attacks on civilians, the government and its allies. In 2013, the number of estimated al-Shabab fighters was estimated to vary between 3000 to more than 7000, according to Global Security.
(The Associated Press 09/13/17)
The U.S. has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group, the military said Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist organization. A U.S. Africa Command statement said Wednesday morning’s strikes occurred about 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, unlike previous ones, did not give more information on the location of the strikes. “We assess no civilians were near the site,” a spokeswoman for the U.S. Africa Command, Robyn Mack, told The Associated Press. She said they had no details on the al-Shabab members killed. The U.S. military has carried out several airstrikes against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa nation...
(Shabelle News 09/13/17)
A senior United Nations official has called for greater support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and warned that lack of funding could endanger hard-won progress in the country. “We have continued to hear passionate appeals from the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the AU Commission that the issue of predictable, flexible and adequate funding for AMISOM needs to be addressed urgently,” said Haile Menkerios, the special representative of the secretary-general to the AU. Menkerios made the remarks on Tuesday while he was briefing the Security Council on the cooperation between the Organisation and regional entities, including the AU. “It would be tragic, not least for the long-suffering Somali people, if the gains and sacrifices...
(Shabelle News 09/13/17)
Heavily armed Al shabaab militants have launched a daring attack on Somalii military bases at Far Libah area in Hiran region located near Beledweyne city, 350Km north of Mogadishu. Speaking to Radio Shabelle, Far Libah area administrator, Jamal Hajji Ali has confirmed the death of one government soldier killed in the attack, while another was wounded. Ali said the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers repelled the attack, and inflicted heavy losses on the militants during a fierce fighting at the army base in Far Libah. Al shabaab did not release its own statement, regarding to the ambush attack.
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
The European Union Naval Force personnel have helped train Somalia's Maritime Police Unit in Mogadishu to help strengthen the Horn of Africa nation's maritime security to help deter piracy along the coastline. The EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP) said on Monday the vital training which it organized, will help in enhancing local capability in maintaining maritime security. "The training included how to plan effective patrols at sea and boarding a vessel that is suspected of being involved in piracy and other illegal activity," the EU mission said in a statement released in Mogadishu. The mission said maritime training with regional partners is an extremely important aspect of the European Union's efforts to help develop the capabilities of local...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Somali soldiers, some of them wounded, fled across the border into Kenya during an attack by Islamic militants on the town of Bulo Hawo on Monday, security sources said. At least 12 people died when fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab group attacked the border town, according to witnesses, while many soldiers fled westward a few kilometres to the Kenyan town of Mandera. "We have several of the soldiers from Somalia who ran to Kenya after the attack," said Mohamud Saleh, regional coordinator for north eastern Kenya. "Some are injured and have been taken to hospital." Another regional security official, who did not want to be named, said the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers numbered "more than 100". The assault on...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after Al Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al Qaeda-linked group told Reuters. Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has carried out frequent past attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops. “First, a mujahid with a car bomb rammed into the military base and then we stormed it,” the spokesman, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said. The group also said 24 Somali soldiers were killed in the raid, but a Somali military official put the figure...

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