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AU trains military officers on gender, human rights in Somalia

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Tuesday that it has kicked off a three-day training of gender focal persons to help bring the soldiers into line with UN laws on human rights and gender equality. AMISOM Gender Officer Major Bupe Chanda said the course was aimed at orienting the new officers on […]

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children’s agency said Monday. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. Fews […]

Melbourne plane crash: Five killed as aircraft hits shopping centre

Five people have died after a light plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The charter flight appeared to have had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane. Everyone on board is believed dead. “At this stage the advice we […]

Somalia Faces Unprecedented Drought

BURAO, SOMALILAND — Even the hyenas won’t eat the carcasses of Mohamed Aden Guleid’s sheep, goats and camels, which litter the landscape in Somalia’s northwest Somaliland region. There is too little meat on their bones because of a devastating drought. “I had 550 of these livestock; now only 50 of my livestock remain,” he said. “My […]

140 Somali refugees settled in US after court suspends Ban

Fellow refugees say at least 140 Somalis have been settled in the United States after being blocked for days by President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The refugees spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about their safety. They remain at the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, which hosts more […]

UPDATE: Truck bomb rips through busy market in Mogadishu killing 35.

A truck bomb detonated at a busy intersection in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district ripped through Kawa-Godey market just after Dhuhr prayers killing at least 35 and injuring scores more. A police official, Capt. Mohamed Hussein told reporters that a car bomb exploded close to shops, food stands, and khat stalls. Witnesses say that a car parked […]

US Congressman seeks to stop Kenya’s $418m arms deal

A US congressman is seeking to halt Kenya’s pending $418 million weapons purchase from an American contractor. Nairobi aims to acquire ammunition, machine guns, rocket launchers, and guided bombs mounted on 12 Air Tractors converted agricultural aircraft intended to bolster the Kenya Defence Forces’ campaign against Al-Shabaab. “My office has received credible allegations of faulty […]

Somali president vows to enhance fight against Al-Shabaab

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, widely known as Farmajo, has vowed to work closely with the African Union mission to step up fight against terrorist group Al-Shabaab in order to stabilize the Horn of African nation. Farmajo who held meeting with African Union leadership and ambassadors of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) in Mogadishu said his […]

Islamic Extremists Denounce Somalia’s New President

Somalia (AP) — A commander of Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels denounced said the country’s recent election of a new president and vowed to continue fighting the government, the first official comment from al-Shabab since the president’s election earlier this month. In an audio message released by al-Shabab’s radio arm Sunday, Sheikh Hassan Yaqub, a senior […]

‘Make Somalia Great Again!’ US ambassador gifts new leader Trump-inspired hat

Washington wants the newly elected Somalian president, who also happens to be a US national, to “Make Somalia Great Again.” A cap bearing the Trump type rallying call was presented by the US Ambassador to Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed. “Make America Great Again,” the four words which helped propel Donald Trump into the White House […]

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