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UN Urges International Action as Somali Drought Deepens

Capping a three-day tour of refugee camps in drought-stricken parts of Somalia, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that serious international focus is needed to head off increasingly severe shortages of food and water. “Somalia, as you know, hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people in the world and is...

Somali Prime Minister to Face Parliament Over Security Training, Airport Deals.

Somalia's parliament has asked Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (alias Farmajo) to appear in parliament to answer questions regarding agreements signed with foreign companies over security training and airport management, Radio Garowe reports. Somali MPs in Mogadishu reportedly asked Prime Minister Farmajo to appear in parliament to answer...

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal The president of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) Sheikh Sharif Ahmed fired the country's top military chief Monday due to allegations that he 'sold weapons' illegally, Radio Garowe reports. According to inside sources, Gen. Mohamed Ghelle Kahiye was accused by TFG President Sharif of being "responsible" for tons of weapons missing...

Somaliland Needs Own Plan for Climate Change

The human and environmental disruption wreaked by drought in Somaliland, where more than 60 percent of people raise livestock for a living, means the self-declared, but barely recognized, independent state should draw up its own plan for climate change adaptation, according to a new report. The Impact of Climate Change on Pastoral Societies of...

'World Food Program (WFP) Will Not Operate in Southern Somalia' - Al-Shabab

Officials of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen have Saturday said that the World Food Program (WFP) will not operate in the areas under the control of their administration in Somalia until it takes commandments ordered earlier. Sheik Moktar Robow Ali better known as (Abu Mansour), high profile of Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen told reporters before a...

Plan to Integrate Ex-Militias Into Security Forces in Somalia

Mogadishu residents have welcomed plans by the interim government to step up the integration of an earlier, ousted, regime's security forces into its own army. "People are fed up and are tired of the daily attacks and miserable living conditions in the camps [for the internally displaced]; the insurgents enjoy very little, if any, support," a...

Somalia's Al-Shabaab Capture Strategic Central Town

Somalia's Al-Shabaab insurgent group has reportedly seized the control of central town of Dhusamareb, the capital of Galgadud region 500km north of capital Mogadishu. Reports say heavily armed Al-Shabaab militia attacked the town on Saturday morning and overpowered militia loyal to Ahul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, who controlled the strategic town. Local...

More Ethiopian Troops Reach Central Somalia

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have reportedly reached at Kalaber intersection about 25 km north of Beledweyne town in central Somalia, witnesses said on Saturday. Residents say the Ethiopian troops armed with armed vehicles and other military trucks made a base in Kalaber, a strategic junction that connects central and southern regions of Somalia....

Kenya Closes Its Border With Somalia

MOMBASA (Sh. M. Network) - The government has ordered the closure of the 600km Kenya-Somalia border to stop refugees crossing over to Kenya. The Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti directed administrators at the Coast Province to ensure that the border remains closed so that Islamist fighters do not...

Somali Pirates Conduct Low-Key Maritime War Off Coast

Somali pirates and commercial shipping are engaged in a low-key maritime war off the East African coast. Since the end of the region's monsoon season more than two months ago, the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) has been reporting new encounters between pirates and merchant ships nearly every week. The force was formed in response to United...

Donor Caution Alarms Aid Workers in Somalia

Aid agencies operating in Somalia say they need more money but that some donors are holding back, concerned at where resources might end up in areas too dangerous for international staff. "Some of the largest donors in 2008 have given much less or almost no support so far this year," said Kiki Gbeho, head of UN Office for the Coordination of...

Rising Numbers of Illegal Immigrants Enter Somaliland

Immigration officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have expressed concern over the increase in the number of illegal Ethiopian migrants entering the region, with claims that up to 90 people are arriving daily, against 50 in 2008. An immigration official, who requested anonymity, said most of those arriving in Somaliland were asylum-...

A British Warship Saves Yemeni Fishing Boat From Somali Pirates 17 October 2009

A British warship has Saturday managed to save Yemeni fishing boat from Somali pirates who were trying to hijack it as it was traveling through the water according to Yemani officials. The warship which is one of the NATO maritime navels continuing the military operations against the Somali piracy in Gulf of Aden and Somali coast have forcibly...

An Ethiopian army contingent has entered parts of central Somalia Region - Report

An Ethiopian army contingent has entered parts of central Somalia where deadly clashes have raged in recent days among rival factions of Somali Islamists, Radio Garowe reports. Ethiopian troops backed by 18 military trucks entered the central Hiran region Tuesday morning, where they set up a base at the strategic Kala-Beyr junction, witnesses said...

Refugees Returning to 'Risky' Mogadishu

Hawa Salad Halane and her two children are among the families returning to Heliwa district of north Mogadishu after 18 months in an overcrowded camp on the outskirts of the capital. "We came back five days ago but found most of our homes destroyed by shells; everything is either destroyed or looted," Halane told IRIN on 4 March. Thousands of...