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Somalia: UN urges for aid escorts

Nairobi: The United Nations (UN) food agency has called on naval powers to continue protecting its aid shipments to Somalia from pirates or face a major humanitarian disaster in the troubled country. "A Dutch frigate is scheduled to finish escort services for WFP on June 25. Since the escort system started last November, no World Food...

Zimbabwe president attacks West at food summit

Rome: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday accused the West of trying to cripple his country through economic sanctions.   He, however, defended his agricultural policies against widespread accusations he was pushing a country once known as the breadbasket of Africa into starvation. "My country's primary agriculture policy...

Kenya police open fire following food protest

Kenya: Kenyan police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against the soaring cost of food.   Protesters in the capital Nairobi carried placards demanding the government cut the cost of basic Kenyan staples like maize flour. The police said the demonstration was illegal and four arrests were made. Food prices in...

Foreign refugees selling food aid in S Africa

South Africa: Somali refugees are apparently selling food aid they have received from Good Samaritans, while at the same time refusing to allow their women and children to eat or receive medical assistance.   Hundreds of Somali refugees at a camp outside Pretoria went on a hunger strike this week, refusing to accept any aid from the South...

Somali's suffer from draught, famine looms in the volatile country

Somalia: The global food crisis has arrived at Safia Ali’s hut. After three seasons of below-average rainfall, the people of central Somalia are beginning to fear the worst. Safia Ali, mother of five, has not eaten in seven days. Her 1-year old son, Farhan, has fallen ill.   "She will most likely die," an elder said of the...

Somalia: Unicef provides aid to 44,000 displaced Children

Somalia: Against a backdrop of drought, soaring food prices and large numbers of people being driven out of their homes by armed conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided food to 44,000 displaced children in war-ravaged Somalia.   The agency warned that more than 2.6 million Somalis are currently considered 'food...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops distribute food for first time

Somalia: Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia's volatile capital for the first time distributed food aid to families displaced by the ongoing violence.   Hundreds of people gathered around the ex-Ministry of Defense building Wednesday, which is located in southern Mogadishu, where members of the Ethiopian army handed out bags of corn. Mogadishu city...

Diarrhoea claims 11 life in Somalia

Kenya, Apr 17: At least 11 people have died in Dhahar district in the Sanaag region of northern Somalia, after an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), medical sources said.   "I can confirm 11 have died in Dhahar hospital since the outbreak," Abdulkadir Isse, a doctor at the hospital, said. At least 750 cases have been recorded...

15,000 Somalis seek refuge since January

Somalia, March 28: Rising numbers of Somali refugees are now seeking asylum in neighbouring countries to escape the increasingly volatile situation in many parts of their homeland, particularly in Mogadishu. Since the beginning of the year, some 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum in Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and ? even further afield ? in eastern...

Somalia hospitals are overcrowded, lack of supplies

Somalia, March 27: The heavy fighting between Somalia's Islamist rebels and officials cops has been deteriorated dramatically as the hospitals in the country's capital ran out of medical supplies.   The Ethiopian attacks have killed thousands of Somalis and wounded hundreds of innocent civilians while hospitals face shortages of food and...

Somali PM commits to speed up aid works

Addis Ababa, March 26: Somalia Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein is promising to help speed delivery of relief to desperately needy citizens, as humanitarian agencies warn of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in the war-ravaged nation.   The Somali leader made the comment in Addis Ababa, where he was discussing security issues with...

Somalia Polio free Again

Dallas (USA), March 26: Among the hundreds of bad news World Health Organization broke a good news of Somalia. The World Health Organization said Somalia is once again polio-free thanks to the efforts of 10,000 health workers and volunteers.   The Global Polio Eradication Initiative described the effort as a historic achievement in public...