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Thousands of Somalis Flee to Kenya to Escape Conflict, Drought

The UN refugee agency is expressing alarm at a dramatic rise in the number of new refugee arrivals from Somalia into Kenya. The UN refugee agency [UNHCR] reports more than 20,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya over the past two weeks.The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower...

Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization [WHO] says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week.  Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46-percent...

Film Tracks Woman's Path from Desert Nomad to Supermodel Activist

The life of former supermodel Waris Dirie, who was born into a nomadic Somali clan in 1965, sounds like fiction. A goatherd by age six who cared for her family’s animals, Dirie ran away at 13 to avoid being sold into marriage. That was the start of a remarkable journey, dramatized in the feature film “Desert Flower," based on Dirie’s autobiography...

Somalia Fighting Forces Thousands of Refugees Into Kenya

Refugees are pouring across the Kenyan border as fighting between the Somali government and rebel group al-Shabab rages across the war torn country. The Somali government’s recent push to eliminate al-Qaida linked insurgents is spilling into Kenya, as fighting continues along the border. On February 24, the Transitional Federal Government launched...

Somalia: Drought Brings Water Shortages, High Food Prices

Somalia has one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced due to conflict.  Now, a prolonged drought is adding to the country’s many problems.  A top U.N. official says he wants the Somali people to know that aid agencies will do everything they can to help. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for...

UN Says Nearly One-Third Of Somalia's Population Needs Aid

The World Health Organization reports about two million people in Somalia, or nearly one-third of the total population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.  That includes almost 1.5 million internally displaced people.  Somalia has been in a chronic state of emergency for almost 20 years.  It has had no effective central government since the...

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...

Somali Christians are in dire stare in Kenya

Nirobi: In a secluded house just outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a group of men and women meet at least once a week to worship in secret. Their prayer session is simple and conducted in Somali. Elders take turns to pray or read verses from the Somali bible before a sermon is delivered. There are dozens of Somalis living in Nairobi who have...

Central Somalia needs urgent aid: UN

Nairobi (Kenya): The UN children's fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday that a recent conflict in the town of Belet Weynein central Somalia needs humanitarian response due to massive displacement of people. UNICEF said in a statement that over the past several weeks, fighting intensified in Belet Weyne between the Ethiopian forces and anti-government...

Somali food insecurity led street children increase

Nairobi: Food insecurity compounded by inflation and recent fighting between insurgents and government forces around the town of Beletweyne in central Somalia's Hiran region has led to a sharp increase in the number of street children. "More and more children are taking to the streets; some to engage in petty trade while others are just there...

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...

EU divided over Africa aid, fish funds

Brussels: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso faced a revolt on Thursday by many European Union governments over his plan to use about 1 billion euros in unspent farm funds to help African farmers. At a debate between governments and the European Parliament on next year's EU budget, lawmakers also criticised plans to pump an...

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: 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...