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Somalia, the product of the merger in 1960 between a former British protectorate and an Italian colony, has had a violent and unstable history. In 1970 President Mohamed Siad Barre proclaimed a Socialist state and started close relations with the Soviet Union. Frequent conflicts with neighbours followed. When the regime was overthrown in 1991, Barre went into hiding and the country was carved up by heavily armed warlords. The long-suffering population, which numbers more than 10 million, was plunged into further misery when famine ravaged the country. In 1992 US Marines arrived ahead of UN peacekeepers in an attempt to restore order, but the "humanitarian intervention" ended in disaster when two US Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. As warlords celebrated the death of 19 American soldiers the US beat a hasty retreat. Somalian clan elders and other senior figures appointed Abdulkassim Salat Hassan president at a conference in 2000, but little progress was made until 2004, when a new parliament was created with Abdullahi Yusuf installed as president. The fledgling regime soon stuttered and fighting between the factions resumed.



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Updates on achievements. One of the durable solutions of displaced persons is voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity. UNHCR Somalia supports Somali refugees who decide to repatriate on a voluntary and informed basis, and provides return assistance to support the safe and dignified return and ...
“The country has suffered enough violence and bloodshed; it is time for reconciliation,” added Mr. Keating, who is also the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia. According to initial reports, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in an area of the city known as Jiiro Abdullahi Yusuf, ...

The peacekeepers serving with the African Union Missions in Somalia (Amisom) have joined the efforts to assist victims of massive flooding in the country. The Djibouti and Ethiopian peacekeepers and the Somali National Army (SNA) were helping in delivering food and relocating hundreds of people to ...
The peacekeepers serving with the African Union Missions in Somalia (Amisom) have joined the efforts to assist victims of massive flooding in the country. ... “We urgently request the federal government of Somalia and the international community to come to the rescue of the people in Hirshabelle State, ...
MOGADISHU, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The UN top envoy in Somalia has called for more investment in Somalia's renewable energy sources. Michael Keating, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, appealed to investors to support development of renewable energy sources as he ...
CAIRO - Following reports that the United Arab Emirates cancelled a military training programme in Somalia, Egypt's political parties have called for Cairo to pursue “aggressive” diplomatic efforts amid fears that the Horn of Africa country could become a security threat. Egyptian observers view recent ...

Years of conflict between Somalia's government and the armed group al-Shabab have left a generation of young people living behind closed doors. Religious conservatism has also held many young men and women back from going out together. But change is in the air. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow ...
The country, currently secured by the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), plans to police itself by 2020, but requires a new constitution, to defeat ... “It has been a longstanding Western policy to keep Somalia impoverished and destabilised and they have found in the UAE a reliable agent to achieve ...
Somalia's electoral officials wrapped up their three-day training in Nairobi on Thursday vowing to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise. Somalia's National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) chairperson, Halima Ismail Ibrahim, said the exercise will start in earnest in 2019 ahead of ...
“Our staff on the ground have seen the elderly, women and children struggling to survive while their flimsy shelters are knee-high full of stagnant water. And worst is likely yet to come. Countless displaced communities are sheltering in flood-prone areas. With limited access to proper toilets and clean water, ...
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The UN envoy in Somalia has called on the international community to support a transitional plan that seeks to transfer security responsibilities from African Union (AU) troops to the country's own security forces. Michael Keating, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative ...
MOGADISHU – Somalia has vehemently denied reports of mass looting weapons at military training base formerly run-by United Arab Emirates in Mogadishu. Abdiaziz Xildhibaan, spokesman at security ministry refuted the allegations of weapons looted by Somali soldiers, calling it as 'absurd one'.
Mariam fled drought and conflict in her area of Somalia. Now she's a successful entrepreneur, having doubled her profits with our support. Three years ago, Mariam Hussein, 38, and her family fled the southern Somalian town of Burhakaba because of drought and conflict. She relocated to Baidoa, ...
The charges are related to a traditional event held in Armo, a town located in Puntland region of Somalia, where the elder attended a crowing of another traditional leader. There he made a statement which "weakens the existence of the sovereignty of Somaliland and denouncing the national army who are ...
MOGADISHU – Heavily armed forces thought to be US military units have carried out raid on Al Shabaab bases in southern Somalia. US forces swooped into Bar-sanguni area, near the coastal town of Kismayo, where believed to be Al Shabaab group's hideouts, sources said. The armed group's fighters ...
At least 3,000 civilians have been either killed or injured by improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Somalia in the past three years. 2017 was by far the deadliest, largely due to a massive bombing in Mogadishu in October that killed more than 500 people. Six months later, things are slowly returning to ...
At least 600 weapons were stolen in the past week from a former United Arab Emirates-run training centre in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and are for sale in the city, weapons dealers said on Wednesday. The weapons, including new Kalashnikov assault rifles and Chinese versions of them, were stolen by ...

Somalia: Government Raids Business offices owned by Prominent Lawmaker in Mogadishu Seaport ... Mogadishu, (Horn Observer) Somalia government raided the offices of a prominent lawmaker on Thursday morning, in attempt to crack down opposition lawmakers ahead of the election of the speaker of ...
HARGEISA, Somaliland - A new investigation revealed Wednesday that Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has a stake an Oil Company that imports fuel through Berbera port city, Garowe Online reports. The anti-corruption committee of Somaliland House of Representatives announced the report ...
Somalia will become the first country in Eastern Africa to launch a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum for safety of journalists. Stakeholders from the media, government, human rights organisations and civil society will convene this Saturday 21 April 2018 in Mogadishu, Somalia for a two-day dialogue towards ...
Highlights. The end of March typically marks the cessation of dry weather conditions (Jilaal) and in some areas such as northwest and parts of southern Somalia regions marks the early onset of the Gu (April-June) rains. In the Northwest, unusual Gu light rains started as early as in the first dekad of March ...
The head of Somalia's national journalists union NUSOJ says the International Labour Organization (ILO) should launch its own commission of inquiry into violence and intimidation against union officials in the country, because he doubts the government will follow the ILO's call to investigate and bring ...
As part of our effort to bring more unique stories of Africans and its Diaspora to the fore, we bring you the second instalment of the Business Spotlight series. Twenty-seven-year-old Mohamed Bashir Osman, better known as Maxamed Midnimo, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Like every Somali, he had to ...
Somalia has been in conflict for much of the past 25 years. But the Horn of Africa nation has been showing recent signs of recovery, and that has generated interest from many countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Gulf nation has been conducting a military training programme in the ...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates says it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and $9.6 million seized at an ... Relations between Somalia and the UAE have been strained over the ongoing diplomatic crisis engulfing Qatar.
Hargeisa, Somaliland: “To be sovereign, you don't need to be recognised,” says Dr Sa'ad Ali Shire, the foreign minister of Somaliland. Shire has the bearing of university professor, and chooses his words carefully. “You are in Somaliland, not Somalia. There are no signs of Somalia here. We manage our ...
Germany has formally ended its military training mission in Somalia, the country's armed forces (Bundeswehr) announced on Tuesday. The armed forces have completed the withdrawal of military personnel and equipment from Somalia, Bundeswehr said on its webpage. “In future, the engagement of ...
“They are asking me to resign, but I am not going to resign, I do not work for them,” the words of a defiant Mohamed Osman Jawari, Somalia's Speaker of Parliament. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads. Confusion has rocked the lower legislative chamber for the past weeks. The crisis has seen the ...
Berbera (Somaliland): “Had you come a day earlier, you'd have seen us loading camels onto ships heading to the Middle East. Somalia as a whole has the world's largest number of camels, at six million,” said Ali Esmail Mahmoud, Head of Operations at DP World Berbera, as he took visiting journalists on ...
Stahil, a homeless Somali refugee in Jakarta prepares to pray in a boarding house. The 23-year-old, whose family rejected the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabaab group's version of Islamic law, fled Somalia after her father was murdered and she was targeted for shaking hands with a man. There is 'severe ...
Ongoing conflict in Yemen is forcing many families to flee their homes. As of 28 February, UNHCR supported over 6,200 Yemeni refugees who have arrived to Somalia with protection assistance. Protection assistance for Yemeni refugees includes: access to territory; registration and documentation; ...
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military has announced Sunday that it launched an airstrike that killed five extremist militants in central Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command ... The U.S. said the latest airstrike, like others, was carried out in cooperation with Somalia's government. Copyright 2018 The ...
On the night of March 22 this year, a convoy of ten 25-tonne trucks carrying sugar smuggled from Somalia was stopped by Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs) on a smugglers' route in Wajir East constituency. A stand-off ensued after the drivers and loaders refused to open the cabin doors as they made frantic ...
NAIROBI, Kenya — Islamist militants in Somalia carried out multiple coordinated attacks against African Union peacekeeping forces on Sunday and claimed to have killed at least 59 Ugandan soldiers. Ceaser Olweny, a spokesman for the Ugandan peacekeepers, said four soldiers had been killed, and six ...
Sequencing results for the ES sample collected from Hodan district ES/SOM/BAN/HDN/EGH-1/18/008 are genetically linked to the VDPV2 sequence from ENVID ES/SOM/BAN/WBR/21OCT/17/003, (Waberi district, Twenty One October ENV site). - SOM/BAN/HDN/EGH-1/18/008 is classified as cVDPV2, ...
It's worse than Somalia. We don't have food, we don't have shelter, we don't have medication and we don't even have water to drink." Igra is homeless like many other asylum seekers and refugees unable to access aid or Indonesia's immigration detention centres. Her days are spent in the network of ...
The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has lost four of its soldiers during an Easter holiday double attack by the al-shabaab militia in Somalia. According to UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, the officers serving as part of the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom) were killed during a double ...
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu. He passed away Wednesday night after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive device, which detonated while Mr. Ibrahim was in ...
Somalia's shaky transitional government took over Mogadishu in the last days of 2006 with the help of Ethiopian troops and air power, unseating an Islamic movement that had reigned for six months over most of southern Somalia. Now remnants of the Islamic movement are waging an insurgency.
The majority (97%) of assessed water points in Gedo showed no change in price from January to February. Two percent (2%) showed an increase in price mainly due to changes in exchange rates, while 1% showed a decrease in price mainly due to households accessing other water points. Ninety-seven ...
The ongoing cholera outbreak in Somalia started in December 2017. As of 18 March 2018, a total of 1613 cholera cases, including nine deaths (case fatality rate = 0.6%), have been reported from four regions: Hiraan, Banadir, Lower Juba and Middle Shabelle. The outbreak started in Beletweyne, Hiraan ...
Despite important progress through years of international counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and state-building assistance, peace and sustainable stabilization remain elusive in Somalia. Al-Shabab remains entrenched throughout vast parts of Somalia and regularly conducts deadly terrorist attacks even in Mogadishu.
The last few days saw light rains in some parts of northern and southern regions in the country. The three days (Map 1) rainfall forecast is pointing towards minimal rains with light showers expected in a few pockets of Sool, Gedo, Middle Juba and the southern coastal areas. The seven days (Map 2) rainfall ...
Somalia has urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against the construction of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) military base in Somaliland. Speaking at the Security Council on Tuesday, Abukar Osman, Somalia's ambassador to the UN, said the agreement between Somaliland and the UAE ...
NAIROBI — Kenya's plan to carve out a semi-autonomous region called Jubaland in Somalia had already been finalised as early as 2010. The final process, which placed Kenya at loggerheads with the Somali government in Mogadishu, took place in January 2013 in Kismayu. At least 522 delegates were ...
The large losses suffered by livestock farmers had severely affected Somalia's traditional agro-pastoral economy. According to the FAO, urgent support was needed to build the resilience of pastoralist communities and prevent the deterioration of food security. The prolonged drought in northern and central ...
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has released Monday a statement discussing simmering political tension between Somalia's top leaders, Garowe Online reports. IGAD said it is gravely concerned over the ongoing political crisis in Somalia that threatens to ...
The Puntland State of Somalia is stepping up the fight against maternal and newborn births with the First Lady Dr. Hodan Said Isse taking lead in her capacity as Puntland's Goodwill Ambassador for the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The First lady, the ...
In most parts of Somalia, Jilaal (January–March) season dry weather conditions persisted in February 2018, characterized by mostly dry winds and elevated temperatures. Few stations such as Qulenjeed (Awdal), Daraweyn (W. Galbeed) and Beletweyn (Hiran) recorded some rainfall (Map 1 and table 1).
We are saddened to hear that Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been denied a visa to enter the United States to speak about the current situation in Somalia. As a man who worked with the U.S. to find peace, his Excellency deserved to be treated with the utmost respect. There was ...


 

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