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Number of War-Wounded in Mogadishu Escalates

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports the number of war wounded in the Somali capital Mogadishu last year was the highest in a decade.  It says the staff at two ICRC-supported hospitals treated a record number of people caught in the crossfire of opposing forces.   More than 6,000 patients were admitted to Keysaney and Medina...

Anniversary of Somalia Coup Marks 20 Years of War

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Somali dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. It is now 20 years that Somalia has been at war with itself. Since 1991, the Horn of African nation has been synonymous with violent coups, cruel warlords, Islamic insurgents and civilian death. On January 26, 1991, the socialist dictator Mohammed Siad Barre...

Oxfam: Somali Drought Could Be as Serious as 1992

Below average rainfall in Somalia has pushed nearly 500,000 people to the brink of starvation.  International aid-group Oxfam is warning that more will be affected unless immediate action is taken. Somalia is in desperate need of aid, says British-based Oxfam International.  Reports indicate decreased rainfall in the arid region, and the situation...

UN Report Urges New Anti-Piracy Measures

A new United Nations report urges a number of new measures to combat piracy, including the establishment of special courts. Jack Lang, appointed last year as a special United Nations adviser on legal issues related to Somali piracy, told the U.N. Security Council the piracy situation is serious, even worsening, with an increase of violence. The...

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...

Somali PM: More than 2 Million at Risk of Starvation from Drought

Somalia’s Prime Minister says nearly 2.5 million Somalis are in danger of starvation as a severe drought cripples his country’s agriculture sector. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the U.N. Security Council Friday that his new government urgently needs international support to avert a deepening humanitarian crisis in his country, which is already...

Study: Piracy Costs World up to $12 Billion Annually

As attacks in the Indian Ocean continue, a new study estimates Somali Piracy to cost the international community billions of dollars every year.With piracy on the rise worldwide, a United States think tank is attempting to measure the toll it is taking on the international economy. Colorado-based think tank One Earth Future has released a report...

Fight to Stem Somali Pirate Violence Intensifies

The battle against Somali pirates is intensifying, even as the frequency and sophistication of the pirates' attacks increases rapidly.   Shipping companies and international naval forces are trying new ways to counter the growing threat to international trade in the Indian Ocean.Marine security expert John Twiss has just had first-hand experience...

Russians Jailed in Somaliland for Illegal Plane Landing

A court in the breakaway republic of Somaliland has sentenced six Russians each to one year in jail for illegally entering the enclave and landing a plane carrying illegal military supplies.An attorney for the men told VOA's Somali Service the six have the option to buy out their prison terms. They were also fined $500 for immigration violations....

As Al Shabab Looms, Somali Government Running Out of Time

It has been another violent year in Somalia with al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants establishing itself as a terrorist group that can strike beyond Somali borders.  The U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government, mired in its own internal problems, is still relying on African Union peacekeepers to keep insurgents from toppling the government and...

Kenya Detains Over 300 East African Refugees

Over 300 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees were reportedly detained earlier this week in Nairobi’s largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh, and the arrests are continuing. According to two non-governmental organizations – the International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria(Center for Legal Empowerment) - the Kenyan police are raiding homes of...

Leaked Cables Detail Kenya's Role in Arming South Sudan

The latest batch of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding new light on Kenya's role in the controversial sale of arms to the government of South Sudan. The tidal wave of controversy surrounding the release of classified US cables has finally hit Kenyan shores. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released several secret communiqués from the...

Amnesty International Condemns Kenya’s Forced Return of Somali Refugees

Amnesty International is accusing Kenyan authorities of abusing Somali refugees and violating their human rights. Although Kenya closed its border with Somalia in December 2006, Somalis continue to enter the country.  Many are fleeing violence and abuse in their own country.  However, Amnesty says the Somalis are being forcibly returned. Amnesty...

Report Finds Widespread Abuse of Minorities in Somalia

Minorities in conflict-ridden Somalia are suffering rape, summary executions and other human rights violations, a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said Wednesday. Over the past twenty years, near-constant violence from civil war and recent Islamist insurgencies has forced hundreds of thousands of Somalis to flee their homes....

Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls

Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt. Less than one month after being approved by the Somali Parliament, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is now...