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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. Guardian


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The local residents in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia say they are complaining about the ongoing Somali and AMISOM military operations against Al Shabaab. Speaking to Radio Shabelle, the deputy governor of the region on financial affairs Abdifitah Hajji Abdulle said residents fed up with ...
Somali government efforts to evacuate a large number of Somali migrants from Libya hit a snag after the delegation sent there was unable to persuade migrants to abandon the dangerous sea journey to Europe and instead return to Somalia. Members of the delegation say the migrants have told them they ...

Humanitarian situation: The drought situation in Somalia still persists with below normal rainfall being recorded across Somalia. However, food security improved slightly due to the continued largescale humanitarian assistance and the short-term impact of the Deyr rains. The number of people in need of ...
South Sudan and Somalia where the use of mobile telephony is common. In these nine countries, migrants and IOM partners have been receiving flyers and business cards containing information on how to use MigApp. Political instability, drought and economic challenges continue to drive large-scale ...
Mogadishu, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Somali forces backed by African Union forces destroyed al-Shabaab bases in the Lower shabelle region in southern Somalia, the military said. Lower Shabelle region military commander Ibrahim Aden Najah told journalists on Thursday that the forces raided the bases in ...

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical due to ongoing impacts of drought and conflict. As per the recently released FSNAU-FEWSNET 2017 Post Deyr findings, the situation has not returned to a pre-crisis state. Despite a reduction in the total number of people facing food insecurity, down ...
PRETORIA, South Africa - The generosity of the South African government has ensured that over 300,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in the country in a free and safe environment, noted UNHCR Special Envoy to the Somalia Refugee Situation. "South Africa has a generous policy that grants asylum ...
According to the forecast, Gu 2018 season in Somalia is expected to be normal (40% probability of normal rains) with a tendency of 35 % probability of below normal rains in most parts of the country. This also includes part of the Ethiopian highlands which contribute significantly to both Juba and Shabelle ...
Nairobi, Kenya - As it loses its grip in the Middle East, the Islamic State is finding a foothold in Somalia, said a bishop who oversees the Catholic Church in the troubled country. The insurgent group - linked to mass killings, abductions and beheadings in Iraq and Syria, where it is facing defeat - sees ...
Since the beginning of crisis in Yemen in March 2015, 41,340 persons arrived to Somalia, including 34,990 Somalis1 (among them were 34,176 who returned on their own and 814 who returned with UNHCR support under the Assisted Spontaneous Return programme) 5,986 Yemeni refugees and 364 ...
An African Union (AU) team is in Somalia to assess peacekeeping activities as the transfer of responsibilities from the bloc's mission to Somali national security forces gains momentum, officials said on Wednesday. The African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), said the 10-man delegation from the AU ...
From the archives: Strawberry court, Lebanon grad sent to Somalia, Warriors upset Bulldogs on last-second shot ... Marine Lance Cpl. Donald Griswold's welcome to Somalia was a bit different; upon stepping off his Marine transport plane, he was greeted by a group of warlords standing in the hills with ...
It is worth to mention that cyclones and foods hit Somalia in 2013 and 2014 claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed a large number of homes, service centers, roads, schools and health centers, causing displacement of thousands of people. Families, ranging from 4000 to 5000, have lost 60 to 70 percent ...
Mogadishu, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- More than 30 researchers, academicians and other experts kicked off a three-day meeting in Somalia capital, Mogadishu, on Monday to discuss ways of fostering peace and national reconciliation, organizers said on Monday. The event which is co-hosted by the UN ...
Turkey's presence in Somalia certainly embodies one of the most interesting regional geopolitical developments in the past decade. It also represents one of the most misunderstood and confusing. Why did Turkey choose Somalia? And, after its initial humanitarian intervention in 2011, what internal and ...
The International Court Of Justice has allowed Somalia to file a response to a case in which it has sued Kenya over a maritime border. FILE PHOTO | NATION ... The court Monday announced that Somalia should respond to Kenya's claim that the current flow of the border should remain intact. Somalia sued ...

Former members of the terror group and Somali intelligence agents said that tolls taken from trucks and other vehicles at just two al-Shabaab roadblocks on Somalia's busiest road raked in thousands every day. The UN has estimated that a single roadblock generated about $5,000 per day on the road to ...
Sustained, large-scale deliveries of emergency assistance, coupled with October-toDecember deyr rainfall in 2017, helped reduce the risk of Famine--IPC 5--levels of acute food insecurity in Somalia through mid-2018, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and the ...
International efforts to arrest pirates were stepped up by various coast guards, and pirate prisons were built in Somalia and abroad, and soon filled up. As business dwindled, many of the pirates here who used to hijack ships went back to their old jobs as fishermen. Down at the port, we met Zakaria Abouka ...
In 2016-2017, Somalia faced one of its harshest droughts in recent history. However, the ongoing drought has not led to famine thanks primarily to large-scale humanitarian assistance. While the last deyr rains (OctoberDecember 2017) were slightly better than anticipated, sustained humanitarian ...
Mogadishu, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Somali National army (SNA) on Wednesday arrested four al-Shabaab militants behind the killing of former Bulo-burte commissioner and other terror plots against government officials and community leaders in Beledweyne town in Hiiraan region of central Somalia, officials ...
Ifrah Ahmed - founder of the Mogadishu-based Ifrah Foundation, which combats FGM - predicted that Somalia's government would publish a national action plan this spring to fight the practice. A bill forbidding FGM is very close to completion and will come before the Somali parliament soon, and this will ...
Mogadishu, Somalia - At least three people were killed in separate shootings in Mogadishu on Tuesday night by suspected Al Shabaab assassins, police and witnesses said, Garowe Online reports. According to an eyewitness, assailants armed with pistols shot and killed three people, including Somali ...
A Somali military court has given the death penalty to a man convicted of leading the unit behind an October truck bombing that officials say killed at least 500 people. Hassan Ali Shute, the chairman of the tribunal, said the convict, Hassan Aden Isak, was also the driver of a truck intended to be used in a ...
2018 will be a hard year for all affected by the drought in Somalia. All indications show that the drought will not get any better and may push the situation towards famine. Rains between October - December 2017 were expected to bring relief to millions of people in Somalia. Unfortunately, the rains were not ...
Mohamed Ismail Yasin travelled 600 km to reach the sand dam near Bandarbeyla, in the Bari region of Somalia. He came with six members of his family and all the livestock they could bring. "I came from Mayle district," Mohamed recounts. "We fled from the drought in the region. The livestock that we ...
Mogadishu, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed on Tuesday in clashes between the Somalia National army (SNA) and suspected al-Shabaab militants in Jalalaksi town in Hiiraan region of central Somalia, officials said. Jalalaksi District Commissioner Mohamed Abdule Fidow said fighting ...
Mogadishu, 5 February 2018 - The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today praised the work of the Aamin Free Ambulance Service in responding to the urgent medical needs of Mogadishu's residents, and called for more support for the 24/7 volunteer-run service. "Even though most of their work is not ...
The US military in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold, are using high-tech Predator drones against their enemy. They have approximately 8 there. The Predator has no pilot, and is controlled for his highly secret mission from Las Vegas. The team in Kandahar is in charge of their take off ...
The current drought in Somalia, which began in January 2015, has resulted in a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in many parts of the country and a notable increase in household vulnerability. The impact of the drought has been further compounded by an intensification of conflict in the country ...
It has been dry in Somalia for more than 8 years. It does not rain, and when there is not enough water, people cannot harvest enough and go hungry. Now, with the new year, the drought continues. In Bosaaso, in northern Somalia, there are extreme water shortages. Due to a lack of food, loss of livestock, ...
A court in the Somalia capital Mogadishu has sentenced a man to death for his role in the suicide bomb attacks in October 2017. The attacks killed over 500 people according to official records. It has been tagged the deadliest attack in a country that is beset by onslaughts from al-Shabaab insurgents.
The humanitarian situation remains critical, though the risk of famine has declined. Some 5.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The malnutrition situation has improved but is still at 'serious levels'. Some 1.2 million children could be malnourished this year. Over 2.1 million people are ...
To understand why states provide peacekeepers to multilateral operations I recently analysed what motivated states to join the African Union Mission in Somalia. The mission was deployed to Mogadishu in March 2007 and has been fighting al-Shabaab militants for more than 10 years. It has become the ...
Turkey's presence in Somalia certainly embodies one of the most interesting regional geopolitical developments in the past decade. It also represents one of the most misunderstood and confusing. Why did Turkey choose Somalia? And, after its initial humanitarian intervention in 2011, what internal and ...
Somalia has the longest coastline in mainland Africa, stretching more than 3,000 kilometers (1880 miles) across the Horn. But for decades, those pristine beaches remained untouched and devoid of people and activities. And as the nation gained a semblance of peace in 2011, Somalis flocked there to ...
Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) on Tuesday said the Sheikh Sufi Imam Hatip high school in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, which it restored six years ago, currently hosts 500 students. According to Turkey's religious services consultant in Somalia Ahmet Akturk, numerous students were orphans.
Somalia's national army has demolished homeless shelters in the capital Mogadishu, Garowe Online reported today. Between 29 December and 19 January, 3,000 shelters were destroyed by Somalia's military and police forces using bulldozers and heavy machinery. Somalia's internally displaced were ...
Northeastern residents believe the wall being constructed by the government along the Kenya - Somalia boarder is a waste of time and money and will not help block al Shabaab militia. Some are unhappy because they expected a concrete wall and not the barbed wire fence being put up. Others however ...
Somalia is currently experiencing the effects of prolonged drought conditions leading to food and water scarcity and consequent malnutrition and increased population displacement. THESE EXTREME CONDITIONS CREATE INCREASING HEALTH NEEDS. The cholera outbreak has been contained.
30 January 2018 - One year after Somalia declared drought as a national emergency, famine has so far been averted due to collective and unprecedented humanitarian action, and on Tuesday, the country marked a turning point towards ending the cycle of recurring crises, with the launch of a government-led, United ...
Mogadishu, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces on Monday killed at least seven al-Shabaab militants and injured a number of others following heavy fighting with insurgents in Bay region, in the south part of the Horn of Africa nation. Burhakaba District Commissioner in Bay region Mohamed ...
Addis Ababa, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The AU Commissioner for peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, on Monday called for more support from the UN to realize national elections in Somalia by 2020. Chergui, speaking at the sidelines of the second day of session of the 30th African Union (AU) ...
Humanitarian needs remain high. The number of people in IPC 4 (Emergency) has grown tenfold from 83,000 people in January 2017 to 866,000 in January 2018. Overall, more than 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 3.3 million of these require urgent life-saving assistance. Nearly ...
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner will travel to Somalia on January 30 to highlight the immense challenge of persistent food insecurity and the new approach to ...
In Luuq, Gedo region, UNHCR ensured long-term solution for 200 households (1,200 individuals) with constructing 30 latrines, one well and one water tank. 2,204 individuals were reached with Gender Based Violence (GBV) response in Bay region through: identification of survivors, awareness raising and ...
Recurrent drought, food insecurity and famine have become a devastating reality in Somalia in recent decades. Since the end of the 2011 famine, about US$4.5 billion has been spent on emergency response to save lives. Joint efforts by the Somali government and local and international partners in 2017 ...
Mogadishu, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Sunday a multinational team of newly deployed police officers will mentor and train local police forces in the management of law and order as the country rebuilds its security institutions. AMISOM said the 40 AU police ...
Somalia has 2.1 million internally displaced people, half of whom fled conflict and drought in 2017 alone. Many are living in informal settlements in urban areas. Since 2011, Human Rights Watch has documented serious abuses against displaced communities in Mogadishu including forced evictions, ...


 

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