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UN Security Council Urges Somalis to Resolve Political Crisis

The U.N. Security Council expressed “its grave concern” Wednesday at the continued instability in Somalia, which it says has led to a multitude of problems, including terrorism, piracy and a dire humanitarian situation. In a statement, the 15-member Security Council said it regretted the decision by Somalia’s parliament to unilaterally extend its...

Somali Prime Minister: Government Suppressing Insurgent Attacks

Somalia’s prime minister told VOA his government has been successful in suppressing almost daily attacks of hard-line Islamist insurgents, including al-Shabab, who have vowed to overthrow the government to implement the strictest form of the Sharia law. Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed said that it is in the interest of the international...

Local Resistance Leaving Somali Refugees Without Shelter in Kenya

As the rainy season in Kenya continues, resources at the Dadaab refugee camps are being stretched to the limit. With refugees pouring across the Somali border, the demands of local politicians are forcing the humanitarian agencies to simply turn families away. In Northeastern Kenya, the ever-expanding Dadaab refugee camp may finally have reached...

Somalia's Minister Tells of Coast Control Plan

Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Marine Resources Abdurahman Haji Aden alias Ibbi, announced on Sunday that new sailors trained for the Transitional Federal Government will partially take care of the coast around Mogadishu. Holding a press conference in his office in Mogadishu, Mr Ibbi stated that the Somali Government gave the...

Death Toll from Militia Attack on an African Union Base by Somali Insurgents has risen to 21

The death toll from Thursday's attack on an African Union base by Somali insurgents has risen to 21 as investigations are launched into the daring suicide bombing. Al-Shabaab forces, retaliating over an earlier attack by US security forces that killed a top al-Qaeda suspect, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, drove into the AU peace keepers' base in...

East Africa faces acute food crisis

United Nations: More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid because of drought and rocketing food and fuel prices, the United Nations has warned. The UN World Food Programme says it urgently needs $400m (£200m) to prevent starvation in the east African region. Ethiopia is worst hit, with 10 million people - some 12% of...

Somalia: Threats force aid workers to leave

Nairobi: At a time of drought, skyrocketing food prices, crippling inflation and intensifying street fighting, many of the aid workers upon whom millions of Somalis depend for survival are fleeing their posts - or in some cases the country. They are being driven out by what appears to be an organized terror campaign. Ominous leaflets recently...

Somalia: Situation worsen as piracy and violence spreads

London: The UN World Food Program (WFP) warned Friday that attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardizing the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance. WFP said in a statement that insecurity, drought, a succession of poor or failed harvests, are deepening the suffering of...

Somalia: 20 Children die of Measles

Somalia: Up to twenty children have died of measles over the last week in areas of lower Shabelle region elders in the region confirmed on Monday. Most of the deceased children died in a small village in the region called Jabey village 45km north of Jowhar town the provincial capital of middle Shabelle region. "More than others in nearby...

Piracy increases globally especially in Somali region

Malaysia: Pirate attacks worldwide surged 19 percent in the past three months compared to the January-March period, largely due to increased incidents in Somalia and Nigeria, an international maritime agency said Friday. There were 62 attacks on ships between April and June, up from 52 in the previous quarter, the International Maritime Bureau...

Somalia violence hamper security, anti-piracy fight

Somalia: Tension among the rival political groups vying for control of Somalia has severely hampered security efforts, including initiatives to enlist foreign and private forces to patrol the coast. The ongoing battle between the internationally recognised Transitional Federal Government and forces from the ousted Islamic Courts Union government...

Somalia: Fighting continues, Hungry men loot aid truck

Somalia: Somali rebels launched an organized attack on a government position Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu, as a group of hungry people stormed a UN food aid truck and looted all its contents.   The fighting started after heavily armed insurgents attacked Somali police officers manning a checkpoint where tax is collected from commercial...

Somalia flood worsen, six refugee children die

Somalia: Six children living in makeshift camps around the Somali capital of Mogadishu have died in flooding brought on by torrential rain over the weekend, residents said Monday. Hundreds of thousands have fled Mogadishu to escape heavy fighting between transitional government forces and Islamic insurgents, with many of them setting up camp...

Africa' s food crisis worsen, UN sets plans

Nairobi: Watching images of Pokot tribesmen of Kenya eating roasted rats in a bid to avoid starvation, one is left wondering where the east African nation is headed. Also images of rioters in Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mozambique among others clashing with police in protest against soaring food prices and Kenya's abandoned...

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...