Friday 22 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has trained 60 officers from the Somali security forces in the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers. Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that the use of child soldiers in conflict was widespread in Somalia and expressed the need to establish the exact numbers of children fighting wars in the country. "It's difficult to know exactly how many underage children are involved in this battle. We have to say it's widespread, particularly within the Al-Shabaab ranks," Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu. The two-week training drew participants from the Somali military, police and intelligence services. Representatives of...
(New Vision 09/21/17)
Somalia is still grappling with high rates of gender-based violence, child marriages and high levels of female genital mutilation. A group of 30 Somali legislators are undergoing training in leadership and gender-equality meant to equip them with new skills and knowledge, needed in advancing gender-equality and women empowerment in Somalia. Somalia’s senate has 54 members, while the House of People has 275 members. Out of 275 members, 26% are women, compared to 14% women representation that they had in 2012...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police have handed over an assortment of critical office equipment to the Somali Police Force to help enhance their capacity to deter terror threats in the country. AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo handed over the equipment donated by Denmark to the police in Mogadishu. She said the consignment will help in facilitating the work of police officers to maintain law and order. "We have a mandate here in Somalia and our mandate...
(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...
(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,...
(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."
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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,...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
At least 6 people died on Sunday after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents said. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group said it was behind the attack. “At least six people died and several others were wounded. A suicide bomber blew up himself in a restaurant,” major Hussein Osman, a police officer told Reuters from Beledweyne. The Sunday afternoon blast took...

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