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Flood In Somalia Displaces Thousands, Destroy Farmlands

Flash floods in south-western Gedo region have displaced hundreds of families and inundated hectares of farmland in and around Bardera, the regional capital. Abdirisaaq Mohamed Geriyow, executive director of the Social and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO), an NGO based in Bardera, said the floods followed heavy rains in the town and in...

Kenya beefed up security at coasts

Kenya: Sea and land patrols have been intensified at the Kenyan coast to check on threats posed by international terrorism and drug traffickers. This comes after families fleeing renewed hostilities in central and Southern Somalia trickled into the country seeking refuge, a chance that can be seized by terrorists to enter the country illegally....

Aid workers refrained from assisting poor in Kenya

Kenya: An international humanitarian agency, Medicins Sans Frtontieres (MSF), said Monday that its staff have been blocked from continuing assistance to civilians affected by conflict in Mount Elgon district, west Kenya. The medical charity told a news conference in Nairobi that for the last three weeks, its staff have been stopped at road blocks...

Six S African school boys burnt to death

Johannesburg: Six boys were burnt to death in an initiation school house in Mtasane, East London, South Africa's Eastern Cape Health Department said on Saturday. Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the boys were staying at an initiation make shift house when it caught fire on Friday night. Kupelo said the boys were not part of the initiation group...

Somali minority people's plea for food aid

Somalia: Officials in Somalia's Middle Shabelle Region have raised the alarm over the plight of a community of drought-stricken hunter-gatherers there, who are in urgent need of food and water.   "We have visited four villages and what we saw was heart-breaking; the villagers were cooking `aramo’ [green leaves normally used as a...

Somalia: UNDP stop operation in Baidoa town

Somalia: The UNDP has pulled out its staff from Baidoa town, the HQ of Bay Region on reasons related to security Bay regional administration has commented on the matter. The Senior UNDP officials left Baidoa recently following insecurity incidents which affected humanitarian organizations operating in the region. The officials had been...

Somali residents flee Hiran region

Somalia: Increased maneuver fighting inside Somalia's Hiran region, has led to another exodus of the population, adding to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have already fled and those fled to the neighboring middle Shabelle region. West of Hiran, on the road to Middle, The population is facing unacceptable...

19 Somali displaced arrested in Hodeidah

Hodeidah: The security forces in the province of Hodeidah have arrested 19 Somali displaced refugees including two women, local source has said. The GPC-run almotamar.net said on Monday quoted the source as saying five of the detained were shot after the car carrying them refused to stop at a checkpoint for inspection and were transferred to...

Despite yearlong war Somalia is heaven for foreign refugees

Somalia: Despite 17 years of war and anarchy that caused death and injury of thousands of people and the mass displacement of hundreds of thousands of others inside and outside the war-torn horn of African country, Somalia has been a "haven" for hundreds of foreign refugees from other African countries, particularly the Tanzanian island...

Somali pirates demand ransom, threaten to kill hostages

Kiev: Somali pirates who have taken over a German dry cargo vessel have threatened to kill the crew unless they receive a ransom for the sailors' release, a Ukrainian TV channel reported Friday. The Lehmann Timber was seized in the Gulf of Aden on May 28. Fifteen hostages are on board: the captain, who is a Russian national, and the crew of...

Somalia: UIC take control Hiiran region

Somalia: The Union of Islamic Courts has once again captured the central Somalia region of Hiiran, forcing Ethiopian soldiers out of their bases. Ethiopian soldiers have fled Somalia's Hiiran region after UIC attack. The fighters arrived in the town early in the morning taking positions and keeping guard at the streets. Locals ransacked the...

Somalia displaced people's condition worsening

Somalia: The situation at displaced peoples' camps both inside and near the provincial town of Beletwein in central Somalia is reported to be worsening by the day. There were confirmed reports that at least three people – including two children – died from lack of food, agency reports said. An elderly man died at a camp inside...

Sudan plane crash left seven death

Sundan: The Sudanese civil authority says a small plane has crashed in southern Sudan, killing seven people on board, leaving only one survivor. Air operations officer Mohamed Hamza was the crash's only survivor. Seven others, including four Ukrainians, one Armenian and two Sudanese, were killed in the crash Friday. The director-general of...

African ministers call for peace & coordination in the region

Egypt: African foreign ministers and representatives met here Friday to discuss peace and security as well as political and economic development in the African continent ahead of the 11th African Union (AU) Summit. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 13th foreign ministerial meeting of the AU Executive Council, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed...

Somalia: Heavy fighting rocks Hiron region

Somalia: An attack staged against Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia's Hiiran region has left thirteen government soldiers and three civilians dead. The attack happened between hiiran's Fanah and Garasiani districts with 1,000 heavily armed fighters detonating remote controlled explosives, destroying two Ethiopian vehicles and killing eight...