Tuesday 25 July 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
Mohamed Noor was celebrated when he became a Minneapolis police officer 21 months ago, joining a handful of other Somalis on the police force in a city with one of the United States' largest Somali communities. Now he is now under investigation in fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an Australian woman who had made Minneapolis her home and who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the abdomen that state law enforcement officials say was fired by Noor. Noor, 31, still has supporters after the shooting of Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in her neighborhood on Saturday. But some are worried about a backlash in the Somali community,...
(Daily Nation 07/20/17)
The Kenya Defence Forces says it has killed a senior Al-Shabaab commander. Hassan Issack Ibrahim alias Beila, who was in charge of Gelef area in Somalia was killed together with two bodyguards during an operation jointly carried out with Jubaland security forces, said the KDF. Hassan is believed to have been the force behind the hijacking of miraa vehicles on the Kenya-Somalia border at Diff, Hamey and Dhobley. He is also said to have led a number of attacks on police posts. An AK-47 rifle, a grenade and a mobile phone were found on the commander’s body, which was displayed to the public in Dhobley town on Wednesday. At the same time, there are reports of Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia...
(The Associated Press 07/19/17)
Internet providers attributed the nation-wide outage to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable. Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10m a day. Hormuud Telecom, the country’s largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to subscribers. The loss of internet service sparked anger across Somalia and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu. The government called it a “major disaster.” Officials and internet providers attributed the problem to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable.
(Xinhuanet 07/19/17)
The UN migration agency said Wednesday it facilitated the return of 316 Somalis back home from Yemen in the past four days after nearly a five-month ordeal. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a smugglers boat, carrying over 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen in February. The IOM said the boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen but a few kilometers...
(Voice of America 07/18/17)
Somalia has internet service again, after a 23-day outage that cost the country's fledgling economy tens of millions of dollars. Abdi Anshur, Somalia's minister for posts and telecommunications, told reporters in Mogadishu Monday that the internet link which went down on June 24 has been fixed. “Following efforts by Somali government and the company that provided the service, we have succeeded to restore the connection,” said the minister. The connection was cut when a ship severed an undersea fiber optic cable connecting Somalia to global data networks.
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian agency, KSRelief has repatriated a hundred Somalis from Yemen who are trapped in the midst of the ongoing conflict. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the repatriation was conducted last Thursday with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Somali consulate in Yemen. So far, about a 1,072 Somalis have been repatriated out of the 2,500 estimated to be trapped in Yemen, the director of KSRelief, Salih Al-Zubiani said. He added that...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/17)
A severed marine cable has left Somalia without internet for weeks, triggering losses for businesses, residents said, and adding a layer of chaos in a country where Islamist insurgents are carrying out a campaign of bombings and killings. Abdi Anshuur, Somalia's minister for posts and telecommunications, told state radio that internet to the Horn of Africa state went down a month ago after a ship cut an undersea cable connecting it to global data networks. Businesses have had to close...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
The UN and Somalia government have launched an extensive program to train over 350 judicial officers countrywide as part of efforts to rebuild the country's justice sector. David Akopyan, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Somalia, said delivery of justice was critical to ensuring good governance, strengthening the rule of law and establishing order. "The UNDP is here to help the country to get on its own feet; and to start developing its own systems," Akopyan said in a statement from...
(APA 07/17/17)
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday adopted a regional biodiversity protocol and related strategies at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Executive Secretary of IGAD Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region. IGAD ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Maalim described as a milestone achievement. According to Maalim, regional economic integration in...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(AfricaNews 07/13/17)
At least three people were killed and 7 injured at a checkpoint near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday night. According to Somali ambulance service Aamin, the three dead victims were male and only one female among the injured. Local media reports say a truck filled with explosives went off at the checkpoint on the highway linking Mogadishu and Afgoye. This attack is the first this month after more than 10 people were killed and 20 others injured in a similar blast in Mogadishu in June. Al Shabaab claimed responsibilty for the attack. A week before that, al Shabaab militants carried out an overnight siege on a popular restaurant
(Middle East Monitor 07/13/17)
Somali school teachers were arrested for holding a meeting with Al-Shabaab representatives to influence the private education system, the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust reported. The teachers were willing to incorporate Al-Shabaab’s ideological influence in the school curriculum, at a school that holds 1,000 students aged seven to 15 years old. Police arrested the teachers in the Hir-Shabelle region, near the town of Jowhar, the Information Minister Mahad Hassan Osman stated. No reports were found on whether Al-Shabaab members were arrested...
(Shabelle News 07/13/17)
Here’s a line you probably thought you’d never read: Pirates are helping terrorist groups smuggle weapons and maybe even fighters. Yeah, that’s a thing now. “The United Nations and the United States are investigating at least two pirate kingpins for providing material support to terror groups,” according to a CNN report Monday morning. The terror groups in question, according to CNN, aren’t just a bunch of would-be militants. Instead it’s a pair of battle-hardened and dangerous groups in Somalia, the...
(Garowe online 07/13/17)
Somali government says it is seeking a compensation for a widespread internet outage after the fibre optic cables are cut by a ship more than two week ago, Garowe Online reports. A commercial ship named MSC Alice has been accused of cutting the undersea cable in the Indian Ocean, however, the firm that owns the vessel demands for clear and reasonable evidence. Somalia’s Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir, has asked the company for pay a compensation for the economic loss...
(Xinhuanet 07/13/17)
The UN food agency on Thursday called on countries in the Horn of Africa region to embark on radical overhaul of agricultural policies coupled with targeted investments in climate resilience in order to contain endemic food insecurity. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema said that robust policy frameworks, increased funding and technology adoption were required to enhance food production in the Horn of African region amid harsh climatic conditions. "The Horn of African region...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/17)
Last month, a baby was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu with a terrible eye defect that requires treatment abroad. The infant was cleared for treatment in Turkey but before the paperwork was complete a container ship, believed to be the Panama-flagged MSC Alice, docked outside Mogadishu port, accidentally dragging its anchor through the main fibre optic cable connecting Somalia with the rest of the world. Since that evening of June 24 most of the Horn of Africa nation has been cut off from the web, costing it an estimated $10 million...
(APA 07/12/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has handed back to the government a university campus its troops have been using as military base for the past ten years. The handing over ceremony took place on Tuesday at the campus of the Somalia National University in the capital Mogadishu. The campus which had been in a state of disrepair for the length of the country’s civil war was an operational base for AMISOM troops battling to defeat the Somalia militant...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
Severe food crises are growing in Kenya and Somalia, as the Horn of Africa continues to receive below-normal rainfall, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. The hunger-tracking group says 2.9 million people in Kenya and 3.2 million in Somalia are experiencing Phase 3 or higher on the network's five-tier warning scale, with Phase 3 being the crisis stage and Phase 5 being a full-fledged famine. The numbers represent a jump of 800,000 in Kenya and 300,000 in Somalia...

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