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Flood In Somalia Displaces Thousands, Destroy Farmlands

Flash floods in south-western Gedo region have displaced hundreds of families and inundated hectares of farmland in and around Bardera, the regional capital. Abdirisaaq Mohamed Geriyow, executive director of the Social and Agricultural Development Organisation (SADO), an NGO based in Bardera, said the floods followed heavy rains in the town and in...

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: 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 had been...

Somali residents flee Hiran region

Somalia: Increased maneuver fighting inside Somalia's Hiran region, has led to another exodus of the population, adding to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have already fled and those fled to the neighboring middle Shabelle region. West of Hiran, on the road to Middle, The population is facing unacceptable...

19 Somali displaced arrested in Hodeidah

Hodeidah: The security forces in the province of Hodeidah have arrested 19 Somali displaced refugees including two women, local source has said. The GPC-run almotamar.net said on Monday quoted the source as saying five of the detained were shot after the car carrying them refused to stop at a checkpoint for inspection and were transferred to...

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 island...

Somali pirates demand ransom, threaten to kill hostages

Kiev: Somali pirates who have taken over a German dry cargo vessel have threatened to kill the crew unless they receive a ransom for the sailors' release, a Ukrainian TV channel reported Friday. The Lehmann Timber was seized in the Gulf of Aden on May 28. Fifteen hostages are on board: the captain, who is a Russian national, and the crew of...

Somalia: UIC take control Hiiran region

Somalia: The Union of Islamic Courts has once again captured the central Somalia region of Hiiran, forcing Ethiopian soldiers out of their bases. Ethiopian soldiers have fled Somalia's Hiiran region after UIC attack. The fighters arrived in the town early in the morning taking positions and keeping guard at the streets. Locals ransacked the...

Somalia displaced people's condition worsening

Somalia: The situation at displaced peoples' camps both inside and near the provincial town of Beletwein in central Somalia is reported to be worsening by the day. There were confirmed reports that at least three people – including two children – died from lack of food, agency reports said. An elderly man died at a camp inside...

Somalia: Heavy fighting rocks Hiron region

Somalia: An attack staged against Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia's Hiiran region has left thirteen government soldiers and three civilians dead. The attack happened between hiiran's Fanah and Garasiani districts with 1,000 heavily armed fighters detonating remote controlled explosives, destroying two Ethiopian vehicles and killing eight...

Somalia: Top opposition leader threatens to continue fighting

Somalia: A key opposition figure in Somalia has rejected the recent peace agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the opposition coalition - the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS). Yusuf "Indha Ade" Mohamed Siad, the ARS defense secretary, told a Mogadishu-based radio station during...

Somali migrants leave camp

South Africa: A camp manager at the Soetwater refugee place of safety in the South Peninsula says about 2 500 refugees - mostly Somalis, have left the site. Stephen Kratz says they suspect that the group left the camp during the night. Kratz says it is suspected they went back to their communities where they formerly lived. Soetwater used to be...

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...

Over 800 Somalis jump into sea in South Africa

South Africa: More than 800 Somali immigrants in refugee camp called in (Fish oak) camp have entirely stepped into the sea close to their camp near the sea following the police prevented them from quitting the doorstep to give in to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees to contend with their appalling situations sunday according to...

Somali refugees throng Yemen’s urban areas

Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea.   Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea. This souk is filled with such refugees, as they perfer the life...