Somali Religion News

Somalis Celebrate bin Laden's Death

Hundreds of Somalis marched through the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday to celebrate the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.The demonstrators also chanted slogans calling for an end to terrorism and violence by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab.Government troops guarded the demonstrators as they walked through a government-...

Rift Between Militia Groups Deepens of Somalia

Somalia's two main insurgent groups clashed today near the southern port of Kismayu and residents said Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam were squaring up for battles elsewhere in the Horn of Africa country.

The rebel groups fought for control of the lucrative port and main airport in southern Somalia this week.

Al-Shabaab won the battle...

Talks Open Between Somalia's interim Government and Hizbul Islam Faction

Secret talks have began between Somalia's interim government and a group of Islamist hardliners, with independent sources saying Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is now part of the ongoing process, Radio Garowe reports.

Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Somalia's new president, was the co-leader of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) with Sheikh Aweys when the...

Islamists Wish To Continue Fight Against the New Government

An Islamist group known as Hisbal Islam (Islamic Party) said Saturday it will keep fighting against Somalia's new government led by president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and the AU forces in Mogadishu.

Four insurgent factions agreed Wednesday to merge and continue fighting against the anticipated unity government of Somalia.


Islamists Seize Somali Parliament Seat

Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents have taken control of Baidoa, the seat of the transitional parliament, witnesses said on Monday.

The seizure comes after the Ethiopian troops vacated the town early on Monday.

Reports from Baidoa say that Al-Shabaab insurgents captured some Somali MPs including a minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade,...

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...

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...

Somalia: Ethiopians target refugees, killed 10

Somalia: US-backed Ethiopian troops in Somalia have killed and tortured displaced Somalis living in the refugee camps of the capital, Mogadishu.

At least 10 civilians have been killed and 15 badly beaten as part of a campaign by Ethiopian troops to root out militants in the Daynille and Bangala refugee camps.

According to reports...

Somalia, Burundi referees sent home

Somalia: Three referees, two from Somalia and one from Burundi have been sent home from the East and Central Africa Club Championships after failing their physical tests. Confirming this in Dar es Salaam yesterday,


Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (...

Somali students face police harassment and racism from Americans

Minneapolis (USA): As a Muslim male of Somali descent living in post-September 11 United States, Mustafa Jumale knew that he risked harassment from law enforcement officers and racism from some Americans.

Although he had never experienced it himself, harassment by police was a common complaint among his peers. But Jumale thought that...

MSF quits Somalia operations

Nairobi (Kenya): Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-Swiss) has withdrawn from Fiiq, Somali region, saying repeated administrative hurdles and intimidation had prevented it from providing medical care to vulnerable populations.

"Over the six months of our intervention, our medical teams could only work for 10...

Islamy militants kill 37 Somali guards

Somalia: At least 37 Somali presidential guards have been killed and more than 30 others sustained injuries in clashes with al-Shabaab forces.

The fighting began after 13 military vehicles escorting Somalia's transitional president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, to Afgoy in south Mogadishu, opened heavy fire on civilians, killing nine....

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...

Somalia: Thousands flee to Yemen for refuge

Somalia: More than 20,000 Africans have fled across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen this year, twice as many as during the same period in 2007, an aid agency has said.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said that almost 700 people had died so far as they attempted to reach Yemen by boat.

Security in Somalia has been deteriorating, causing more...

Stabilize Somali to ensure security of the entire region- urges Kenya

Nairobi: The Kenyan government has called on the international community to stabilize neighboring Somalia which it said is the source of illicit weapons threatening the stability of the entire region.

Speaking during a regional workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Hajji decried the proliferation of illicit...