Buhodle News Update
Interview with Maxwell Gaylard, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
HARGEYSA, 27 October (IRIN) - The
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Maxwell Gaylard,
visited the country including Somaliland and Puntland on the occasion of
the 60th anniversary of the UN. In an interview with IRIN on 23 October
in Hargeysa, the Somaliland capital, he talked about the UN's work there.
Below are excerpts of the interview:
opts for relief transport by road
The World Food Programme will in
November begin transporting relief food to Somalia by road following a
spate of piracy incidents.
perish as drought takes hold in Somalia
NAIROBI, Oct 27 (Reuters) - A severe
drought in western and southern Somalia has killed dozens of people, hundreds
of livestock and raised fears of an outbreak of disease after seasonal
rains failed, a minister said on Thursday.
officials expect more refugees from Somalia
ST. PAUL - Resettlement groups
in Minnesota said the state will likely see more refugees from Somalia,
Burma and Nepal, while the number of Hmong refugees is expected to decline.
UN envoy in Jowhar to meet President Yusuf
NAIROBI, 25 October (IRIN) - The
UN Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) to Somalia, François
Lonseny Fall, left Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday for the Somali town of Jowhar
to meet senior members of the transitional government.
refugees from Somalia expected
Resettlement groups in Minnesota said the state will
likely see more refugees from Somalia, Burma and Nepal, while the numbers
of Hmong refugees is expected to decline.
official, Somali president meet over impasse
JOWHAR, Somalia, Oct 25 (Reuters)
- The top United Nations official for Somalia met the anarchic country's
president on Tuesday to try to end months of wrangling inside his divided
government that has increased the threat of renewed fighting.
Somali govt looking for investors to rebuild economy
When Somali Foreign Minister Abdullahi
Sheikh Ismael and his Kenyan counterpart Chirau Ali Mwakwere signed an
agreement on technical and economic co-operation on September 6, it marked
the first time Somalia had signed a bilateral accord in decades.
immigration trial begins for Somali community leader
The retrial of a Somali community
leader opened yesterday with no references to terrorist organizations or
national security, making it seem like a run-of-the-mill immigration case.
Envoy to Hold Talks with Somali President in Jowhar
The UN envoy to Somalia is traveling
to the lawless nation's provisional capital of Jowhar on Tuesday for consultations
as part of an ongoing effort to find a peaceful solution to differences
within the Somali government, UN said In Nairobi Monday.
Somalis must do more to adapt to Finnish society"
"I often wonder how the immigrant
crowd can live here, but still be absent in spirit." This comment
sounds strange – especially when voiced by a Somali, and what is more,
in nearly perfect Finnish.
Faces Threat of New Civil War
NAIROBI, Kenya - With too many
weapons, too little food and three factions vying for control, Somalia's
anarchy is overwhelming its new government even before it can establish
held by Somali pirates arrive in Kenya
Seventeen hostages who had been
held hostage by Somali pirates for more than 100 days have finally arrived
home safely, officials confirmed here Sunday.
hunger breed crisis in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya — With too many
weapons, too little food and three factions vying for control, Somalia's
anarchy is overwhelming its new government even before it can establish
speak of terror at the hands of hijackers
They were in an upbeat mood when
they bade farewell to their families. The vessel was in perfect condition
as the cheery captain beckoned his crew to get aboard, ready to set off.
band performing in concert at West High
ShegoBand is performing a 7 p.m.
concert at Kersenbrock Auditorium as part of the Midwest World Fest, which
also will bring other performers here during the next 1 1/2 years. Band
members will be performing in their native languages of Somali and Bravanese
with traditional stringed instruments like the oud (a type of lute) and
the shareero, the gobo (a bamboo flute) and Congo drums.
pirates hijack another ship
NAIROBI, Oct. 21 (Xinhuanet) --
Somali pirates have seized a cargoship off the coast of the Horn of Africa
nation in the latest of aspate of such incidents that have prompted awful
maritime warnings,officials said Friday.
hijack Maltese ship off Somali coast
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali gunmen
have hijacked a Maltese ship in the pirate-infested waters off the coast
of Somalia in the latest of a spate of such incidents that have prompted
strong maritime warnings, officials said on Friday.
hail release of Somali chief
Mogadishu - Celebratory gunfire
erupted in the Somali capital late on Thursday on the release from jail
of Mogadishu's police chief, who was arrested in Sweden this week on suspicion
leaders need to resume dialogue, Annan says
20 October 2005 – Friction between
leaders in Somalia is preventing the country's federal institutions from
functioning effectively and if divisions intensify these fragile structures
could be undermined, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report
to the Security Council.
frees Somali police chief
A Somali colonel has been released
from custody in Sweden due to insufficient evidence linking him to genocide,
reports the AP news agency. Col Abdi Qeybdid was arrested after being accused
of involvement in attacks on US forces in the 1990s.
ship hijacking reported in Somali waters
Mogadishu - Gunmen have hijacked yet another ship in
the pirate-infested waters off the coast of lawless Somalia in the latest
of a spate of such incidents that have prompted dire maritime warnings,
officials said on Thursday.
Police Release Former Somali Militiaman Accused of War Crimes
A Swedish court has released a former Somali militia
commander accused of war crimes for lack of evidence. The court freed Abdi
Qeybdiid, 57, Thursday, saying the evidence against him was insufficient.
journalists under attack
BOSSASSO, Somalia -- Police in
Somalia's autonomous northeastern region of Puntland have been charged
with "outrageous behavior and ferocity" towards the media
anger over Swedish arrest
There have been demonstrations
in Somalia's capital in protest at the arrest in Sweden of a Somali colonel.
Col Abdi Qeybdid was in Sweden to attend an international conference when
he was detained at the weekend for alleged involvement in war crimes.
hopes for recognition
(GIN)—Somaliland, the little known breakaway republic
from the east African nation of Somalia, is hoping to win some recognition
for its democratic practices. Somaliland voters recently went to the polls
in the country’s third national election since political pluralism was
introduced in 2000.
Somali Oromos to be repatriated
Plans to repatriate more than 10,000
Somali Oromo herdsmen who have invaded parts of Eastern province in search
of water and pasture have been finalised.
officials urge Sweden to free police chief
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Somali officials
urged Sweden on Tuesday to free a Somali police chief arrested on suspicion
of war crimes while attending an aid conference, saying justice would have
to wait in a country where "nobody is innocent".
gunmen raid film studios
Islamist gunmen in Somalia's capital,
Mogadishu, have raided a studio that dubs Bollywood films into Somali.
The militiamen from the Union of
the Islamic Courts confiscated equipment and apprehended five people
Hawk Down' Somali leader seized
STOCKHOLM: A Somali suspected of
leading militia forces during the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" battle has been
arrested in Sweden for war crimes. Abdi Hassan Awale, 57, was attending
a conference on development in the Horn of Africa when Somali exiles recognised
him and reported him to police.
military spending criticized
SANAA, Yemen, Oct. 18 (UPI) --
A U.N. report on development has criticized Yemen's high military spending
compared to its low output for development and services.
Islamic militias raid movie studio
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Dozens
of gunmen loyal to Islamic courts stormed a video studio in Somalia's capital
on Monday, destroying equipment and confiscating hundreds of tapes that
were being translated into the Somali language.
police chief arrested in Sweden on suspicion of war crimes
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Somali police
chief and former militia commander was arrested Monday on suspicions of
war crimes after attending a conference in Sweden, police and organizers
UN condemns arms embargo violations
NAIROBI, 17 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The
UN Security Council has condemned the increase in the flow of arms and
ammunition into Somalia in violation of a 13-year-old arms embargo against
the war-scarred Horn of Africa nation.
UN HELPS RE-ESTABLISH POLICE FORCE
Mogdishu, 17 Oct. (AKI) - With
Somalia riven by factional fighting and lacking a functioning central government
for the past 14 years, the first steps have been taken to rebuild a national
civilian police force at a United Nations-backed workshop.
Government weighs in on mining deal
SOMALIA'S Government has raised
concerns with the Australian Stock Exchange over a mysterious deal involving
a small Perth company that claims it has secured the exclusive mineral
and oil rights over a large slice of the war-torn African country.
wounds, Somali enclave dreams of nationhood
HARGEISA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Abdi
Ibrahim lost most of his loved ones in 1988 when government bombers attacked
Hargeisa, at the time just another city flattened by Somalia's civil war.
Somali arms ban violations seen
MOGADISHU: Less than a day after
the UN Security Council condemned huge violations of a 13-year-old arms
embargo on Somalia, Somali witnesses yesterday made fresh allegations of
illicit weapons entering the lawless country.
welcomes release of aid vessel hijacked by Somali pirates
Nairobi, Kenya, 10/15 - The UN
World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the release of a food aid-laden
Kenya-registered ship "MV Miltzow," detained by Somali pirates for 32 hours.
The vessel and its 10-member crew
- nine Kenyans and a Uganda - were carrying WFP food aid to drought-stricken
people in southern Somalia.
expands mandate of monitoring group probing Somali arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 (KUNA) --
The Security Council on Friday requested the Secretary-General to re-establish,
within 30 days and for a six-month period, the monitoring group investigating
the on-going arms embargo violations in Somalia and to widen its task to
include now probing financial, maritime and other sectors which help fund
road map for Somali police training ends
Nairobi, Kenya, 10/14 - Uganda
and the United Nations have finalised plans to train a special police force
for Somalia, currently on the verge of putting together war-shattered institutions
back in place, according to the UN Development on Thursday here.
militia claims killer of UN staff slain in shoot-out
MOGADISHU, Oct 14 (AFP) - A Somali
militia said Friday it had killed the suspected murderer of a UN security
officer slain earlier this month during a botched kidnap attempt in the
southern part of the lawless nation.
council slams Somalia arms influx
The 15-member council on Friday
slammed "the significant increase in the flow of weapons and ammunition
supplies to and through Somalia, which constitutes a violation of the arms
embargo and a serious threat to the Somali peace process." . . . . . .
. . . .
pirates free hijacked ship
Pirates in Somalia have freed a
UN-chartered ship carrying food aid, two days after hijacking it from the
southern port of Merka.
The MV Miltzow's owner told the
BBC no ransom had been paid and his company was suspending operations to
Somalia until security had improved. . . . . . . . . .
to reconstruct the Somali Police Force finalised
Nairobi (13 October 2005) –
The Somali Law Enforcement Seminar and Police Training Workshop to create
a roadmap to guide the reconstruction of the Somali national civilian police
force concluded today in Kampala........
pirates 'make Somali waters unsafe'
Mogadishu - Highly organised, well-armed
and increasingly brazen pirates have turned the unpatrolled waters off
the Somali coast into a maritime disaster zone and attack and seize merchant
vessels seemingly at will......
Denies Smuggling Arms to Somalia
SANA'A - Yemen has denied smuggling
weapons into Somali territories, saying it had sent arms in open support
for the Somali elected government, an official source said last week. Speaking
to 26sep.net, the source said that Yemen supplied the government arms to
help the Somali police maintain security and stability....
advised to avoid Somali coastline
Thur, October 13, 2005 - The
government is advising Kenyans to avoid sailing to the Somalia Coastline
following a series of cargo ship hijackings. 3 Mombasa registered cargo
ships have been hijacked by pirates along the Coastline in the past 3 months,
and the International Maritime Bureau says there've been at least 20 attacks
on ships in Somalias waters since March.....
Pirates commandeer another ship off Somali coast
NAIROBI, 12 October (IRIN) - One
week after a vessel carrying food aid to tsunami survivors in Somalia was
released by pirates, another ship has been commandeered off the coast of
the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a local source said on Wednesday.
man fights deportation
A Somali man is begging the immigration
minister not to send him home. The government wants to send the 26-year-old
overstayer back to war-torn Somalia. But the United Nations says the African
nation is not safe for failed asylum seekers.
A tree falls in the park down the
street from your house. You call the city parks department, a neighbor
calls the city public works department and another neighbor leaves a message
with a city councilmember. Several days later, a parks maintenance vehicle,
a city public works truck and a contract landscaper show up simultaneously
to remove the fallen tree.
Displaced Somalis asked to return to Buro-ache
NAIROBI, 11 October (IRIN) - Kenyan
authorities have asked thousands of refugees who entered the country earlier
this year after fleeing inter-clan fighting in the Somali town of Buro-ache
to return to their homes across the border, arguing that the town was now
admits breaking embargo
Sana'a - The Yemeni government
admitted on Monday that it sent weapons to Somalia earlier this year to
help the country's interim government consolidate its grip on power and
gunmen hijack Kenyans
Another ship with nine Kenyan seamen
aboard is feared to have been hijacked by Somali gunmen.
Seafarers Assistance Programme
Co-ordinator, Mr Andrew Mwangura, yesterday said the vessel, MV Torgelow,
was hijacked near El Maan port in Somalia, the same area where eight Kenyans
abducted in another ship three months ago were released last week...
arming Somalia government
SANAA, Yemen (UPI) -- Yemen denied
that it smuggled arms to Somalia, stressing that it only forwarded personal
weapons to the Somali authorities to support ...
officials and Somali community groups ponder youth crime issue
Somali organisations fault officials
for splitting up families too easily. Representatives of the police, social
services officials, and organisations representing the Somali community
are scheduled to meet this week to ponder the situation of a group of young
Somalis caught committing robberies in the centre of Helsinki....
colonel shot dead in Mogadishu, residents say
NAIROBI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Gunmen
shot dead a Somali army colonel in Mogadishu in the latest in a string
of assassinations of soldiers and policemen in the chaotic capital, residents
said on Sunday.
arms flow soars despite UN embargo
UNITED Nations: Arms flowing into
lawless Somalia have increased dramatically over the last eight months
through smuggling and shipments from Yemen, Ethiopia and Eritrea in violation
of a UN weapons embargo, a panel of experts reported on Friday. The four-member
panel, appointed by the UN Security Council, proposed that the council
impose an embargo on charcoal exports and foreign fishing vessels in Somali
waters, a source of revenue for warlords to buy arms.......
deportee continues to elude police
A Somali fugitive was today continuing
to elude police after escaping from Department of Corrections staff at
Wellington Airport on Friday. Abdikarin Ali Haji, aged 29, fled in his
bare feet from the airport while being transferred to Auckland to await
Annan calls on authorities to find and prosecute killers of UN security
5 October 2005 – United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Somali authorities to
bring to justice the gunmen who killed a UN security officer Monday night
in the Lower Juba region.
US commends Somaliland on polls
NAIROBI, 4 October (IRIN) - The
United States has welcomed the recent legislative elections in the self-declared
republic of Somaliland as an example to the rest of Somalia, US State Department
spokesman Sean McCormack said on Monday.
lauds return of hijacked ship, release of food aid
NAIROBI, Oct. 5 (Xinhuanet) --
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Wednesday welcomed the safe
arrival of a WFP-chartered ship and its crew at the Somali port of El Maan
on the 100th day since it was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast.
urges Somali factions to recommit themselves to peace
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 (KUNA) --
The Security Council on Tuesday urged all Somali factions to recommit themselves
to peaceful resolution of their differences through political dialogue.
youth with Somali backgrounds tired of constant suspicion
"All right, let's sit down here
at this table!" Anneli Koskinen, project secretary of the immigrant work
effort of the Central Railway station area shouts above the din. Only a
few of the boys at the table-football table heed the first call.
hijack ship 'safe' in port
A ship carrying food aid that was hijacked by pirates
has arrived in the Somali port of El-Maan, the UN says.
Owners of the MV Semlow, which was hijacked in June,
said the 10 crew members were now released and unharmed.
begins for world's Muslims
Religious authorities in the Arab
world have announced the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday,
according to local media reports.
killed in inter Somali fighting
Some 17 persons were killed and
other 28 injured on Sunday in Somalia during two separate clashes among
Somali militia tax provokes violence
NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Six
people were killed and 12 others wounded in fighting over taxes between
rival militia in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, residents said on Monday.
pirates free hijacked UN aid ship - owner
NAIROBI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Somali
pirates on Sunday freed a ship carrying U.N. food aid they hijacked nearly
100 days ago, and the vessel was bound for a safe port under friendly guard,
the ship's owner said.
Future of the Somali Financial Global Services
London (HAN) October 1, 2005 - Somali remittance companies, which transfer
approximately one billion dollars annually, have been subject to close
scrutiny since the September 11th terrorist attacks. This scrutiny, focusing
on the lack of transparency and accountability, led to the closure of the
biggest Somali remittance company, Al-Barakat, in November 2001 by United
Jamal: This Somali government mustn't fail
The Sept. 25 Associated Press article
"Far from home, Somalis press U.S. to aid emerging government" created
concern among the Somali community in this state. Somalis in Minnesota
are not divided, and therefore support the reinstitution of the Somali
government after 15 years of brutal civil war.
rights suit alleges hate crimes against Somali family
BOSTON --Attorney General Tom Reilly
has filed a civil rights lawsuit charging five white teens with racially
motivated attacks against a Somali family that had recently moved to Winthrop.
enclave votes, dreams of becoming a nation
HARGEISA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The breakaway enclave of Somaliland voted
for a parliament on Thursday, hoping a third democratic poll since 2002
would boost its case for nationhood and prove it is a model of democracy
in lawless Somalia.
Day Three: No government,
no jobs, no hope, but plenty of garbage. For two disabled Somali war veterans,
a garbage dump isn't just a place to find food -- it's home.
Warlords Once Again on the Verge of Major Clash, What Can Save Somalia?
Day Four: Warlords
are once again on the verge of a major clash. But this showdown pits the
interim president against members of his own Cabinet. Amid such animosity,
can anything save Somalia?
94: Somali hijackers take ship back to their base
Nairobi, 28 September 2005 - WFP
confirmed today that the hijackers of a WFP-chartered ship seized three
months ago had broken an agreement to release the vessel, its 10-man crew
and cargo of food aid and returned it to their base off central Somalia
along with its 10-man crew and cargo of food aid.
in first vote for MPs
Voters in Somaliland are choosing
MPs for the first time since the territory declared independence from Somalia
14 years ago. All three parties competing put the quest for international
recognition at the top of the agenda.
says Somali pirates renege on ship's return
NAIROBI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday blasted Somali pirates
who seized a ship carrying its food aid three months ago for reneging on
a deal to free the vessel, its crew and cargo of food.
celebrate reunion with father, embrace educational opportunities
For the first time in their lives,
five brothers from Somalia will get the chance to make choices about their
education. Ismail Ismail, 18, Salad Ismail, 17, Mohamed Ismail, 16, and
twins Nalaye and Abdulkadir Ismail, 15, were used to rigid lesson plans
mandated by teachers and parents in Somalia.
Radio journalist jailed for reports on Puntland prison
New York, September 27, 2005—Authorities in the
Puntland city of Bossasso arrested an STN radio editor Monday in connection
with his reporting on prison conditions, according to the Somali journalists
union NUSOJ and a local source. Awale Jama Salad is being detained without
charge for the second time in recent months.
enclave pushes for nationhood with polls
HARGEISA - The breakaway enclave
of Somaliland holds parliamentary elections on Thursday, trying to to prove
it is a model of democracy in lawless Somalia and worthy of nationhood.
Nations wants Somali warlords to become 'peacelords'
Peace is a word long bandied about
by diplomats of the United Nations. But bloodthirsty Somali
warlords must have been a little nonplussed when a UN special envoy told
them to become “peacelords” in a country where warlords have made an art
hold three over series of street muggings
Police in Helsinki say that they have made considerable
progress in clearing up a series of armed street robberies. A total of
12 people were questioned during the weekend, three of whom are still in
police custody suspected of several robberies.
pirates seize second ship
Somali pirates, who have been holding
a ship carrying food aid since June, have used it to board a second boat.
The Ibnu Batuta was carrying cement from Egypt when it was attacked near
the port of El-Maan, near Mogadishu.
asks Somali leaders to end hostages crisis
Two days after it pulled out of
further negotiations for Kenyan hostages, the United Nations World Food
Programme yesterday urged Somali politicians and community leaders at Haradheere
to end the crisis.
from home, Somalis press U.S. to aid emerging government
Somalis living in Minnesota may
be thousands of miles and years removed from their homeland in the Horn
of Africa, but that hasn't kept them from having a say in the future of
ship hijacked as talks between WFP and pirates fail
Somali pirates who have been holding
WFP rented cargo ship, Kenyan MV Semlow in Central Somalia since June have
captured another one. The identity of the second ship is not known yet
but witnesses in the area where both ships are being held said it is likely
a freight ship.
premier cautions Somali warlords
Nairobi, Kenya, 09/24 - Somali
Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Thursday termed as "totally unhelpful
and unacceptable" plans by Mogadishu-based warlords to destabilise reconciliation
efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability to the Horn of Africa country.
campaign starts in Mogadish to curb new outbreak
Following the identification of
two polio cases in Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today jointly launched a three-day
emergency polio immunization campaign in Mogadishu.
al Qaeda suspects arrested in Somali enclave
HARGEISA, Somalia, Sept 23 (Reuters)
- Authorities in the breakaway enclave of Somaliland arrested six al Qaeda
suspects accused of planning attacks in the lead-up to next week's parliamentary
poll, officials said on Friday.
PM calls for warlords' not to destabilize peace
Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohammed
Gedi on Thursday called on Mogadishu-based warlords not to destabilize
efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability to the lawless nation.
pirates issue new demands as hijacked ship leaves port
NAIROBI, Sept 23, 2005 (Xinhua
via COMTEX) -- A UN-chartered aid ship hijacked by Somali pirates three
months ago has left the port where it was expected to unload and sailed
to uncertain destination with ten hostages on board, apparently under new
demands from the pirates, UN officials said here Friday.
govt decries "warmongering" from ministers
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali warlords
meeting in Mogadishu to discuss possible retaliatory military action after
a build-up of troops by the new president are jeopardising the peace process,
the government said on Thursday.
open fire on Somali cafe
Mogadishu - Four unidentified gunmen
attacked a cafe in Somalia's capital, killing five people and wounding
six others, witnesses said on Thursday.
envoy says political progress key to stability in Somalia
NAIROBI, Sept. 21 (Xinhuanet) --
The United Nations' envoy to Somalia on Wednesday told the transitional
government of Somalia that only progress in the political process will
unlock international support for peace, reconciliation and development.
UN special envoy calls for dialogue among leaders
NAIROBI, 21 September (IRIN) -
The UN Secretary-General's special representative for Somalia, François
Lounseny Fall, urged Somali leaders to resolve their differences through
dialogue and consensus and move towards restoring stability in the war-scarred
Horn of Africa country.
refugees trek 4 000km, surrender to Zim police A
group of Somali asylum seekers have arrived in Zimbabwe after a six-month
trek over 4 000km from their Horn of African nation, a newspaper reported
warlords debate fight against government
NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Warlords
opposed to Somali government leaders based in Jowhar met on Tuesday to
debate whether to attack or reconcile, underscoring the deep stalemate
and potential for war in Somalia's latest attempt to find peace.
UN-chartered ship arrives at Somali port
NAIROBI, Sept. 19 (Xinhuanet) --
The Somali pirates who hijacked aKenyan-registered vessel laden with food
aid off the northeastern coast of Somalia have let it dock at a port north
of Mogadishu, the UN food agency WFP confirmed Monday.
than 100,000 people in southern Somali district need urgent aid, UN says
20 September 2005 – Nearly one
third of the population of a southern Somali district needs urgent assistance,
while serious malnutrition cases were coming in from another district,
at a time when a United Nations appeal for funds for the country had brought
in less than half of the amount needed, the UN Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.
president meets Somalis in Twin Cities
ST. PAUL - During a visit
to the United States, Somalia's new president met with hundreds of Somalis
living in Minnesota and spoke with Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., about bringing
order to the African nation.
seeks Somalia disintegration - minister
Sept 17, 2005 (MOGADISHU) — The
minister of trade of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Muse
Sudi Yalahow, has said that Ethiopian was opposed to restoration of peace
Social Agencies Giving Relief To Somali Refugees
Representatives of social agencies
came together to hear the problems and to find a way to provide the housing,
education and medical assistance needed for the Bantus.
mission chief welcomes Somali Prime Minister's decision to convene ministers
The head of the United Nations
Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) today welcomed the Somali Prime Minister's
invitation to cabinet members, now located in two different towns, to meet
in the country's capital, Mogadishu, as the war-shattered country emerges
from years of functioning without a central government
Somali refugees return home: UNHCR
NAIROBI, Sept. 15 (Xinhuanet) --
A total of 6,866 Somali refugees have been repatriated to homeland since
the beginning of the year after over a decade in exile in neighboring countries,
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Thursday.
A recent history review
Somalia gained independence in
1960 and Mohamed Siad Barre became president in 1969. Siad Barre was overthrown
in 1991, sending the country into 14 years of civil strife. Many attempts
were made during those years to form a national government, but all failed
because of clan warfare. Various regions are dominated by warlords and
gunmen release aid after 11 weeks
Somali gunmen who hijacked a UN
chartered vessel with a 10-man crew carrying relief food to tsunami victims
have released the ship after nearly 11 weeks, officials said.
gets back offices in Somali provisional capital
The United Nations Children's Fund
(UNICEF) has resumed its humanitarian operations in Jowhar, temporary seat
of Somalia's transitional government, after the local administration returned
its compound, a statement said here Tuesday.
Somali outbreak clouds progress on polio
GENEVA, Sept 13 (AFP) -
Polio has reappeared in Somalia, three years after the Horn of Africa nation
was declared free of the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said
Tuesday during a mainly upbeat assessment of progress in a global vaccination
says Somali man's statements will be admissible
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The government can use at trial statements made by a Somali man accused
of plotting to bomb a shopping mall, a judge ruled.
militia returns control of UNICEF office to U.S. in government-controlled
NAIROBI, Kenya – A warlord in southern
Somalia has returned to the U.N. control of the UNICEF offices in the town
where Somalia's transitional government is based after taking over the
compound two days ago, a U.N. spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Somali emigrants killed while sailing to Yemen
Some 11 Somali emigrants were killed
after smugglers left them helpless in an ailing boat for 20 days in the
sea while they were in their way to Yemen.
warlord gives up control of UN offices
A Somali warlord, whose fighters
over the weekend seized control of the United Nations premises in the country's
disputed capital of Jowhar, on Tuesday handed back offices to the organisation's
gunmen take over UN headquarters
Mogadishu - Militia members allied
to the leader of the Somali transitional leadership have taken control
of the UN offices in the provisional capital of Jowhar and denied UN staff
members access to the facility, officials said on Monday.
Finds Bus Driver Discriminated Against Somali Boy
A Maine Human Rights Commission
investigator has found that an Auburn school bus driver discriminated against
a Somali boy when he refused to let him on the bus.
police block UN aid work
Police in the Somali town of Jowhar,
where the transitional government is based, have stopped local UN staff
from entering their offices.
Pinoy captives in Somalia from Misamis Oriental THREE
of 12 Filipinos held hostage in Somalia are from Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
with a Taiwanese paper reporting that Somali rebels vowed to behead one
hostage each day should the government fail to pay the ransom of US $500,000
gov't denies military buildup as attack preparation
NAIROBI, Sept. 10 (Xinhuanet) --
The Somali government has urged the United Nations aid workers to return
to the provisional capital, saying that military buildup in Jowhar that
prompted their departure was only aimed at bolstering security.
President Denies Rising Tension, Foreign Troops
Somalia's president is eager to
play down fears of a surge in fighting, a day after U.N. aid workers were
evacuated from parts of the country amid threats by militia leaders. He
is also denying the presence of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops in the country.
call to save Somali migrants
The United Nations has called for
urgent action to save the lives of asylum-seekers and migrants trying to
flee Somalia on unsafe boats to Yemen.
clerics dismiss Somali president as just a warlord
Islamic clerics in the Somali capital
on Friday dismissed President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed as another warlord
and said they would not recognise him as the leader of the country's transitional
government in the shattered African nation.
buildup not aimed at attack on critics-govt
NAIROBI, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Somalia's
embattled government urged U.N. workers on Friday to return to its makeshift
capital Jowhar, saying the military buildup that triggered their departure
was aimed only at bolstering security.
more at home in Cleveland after talks with city
After a harsh welcome to Cleveland,
Somali-Americans say they are finding the city a nice place to live and
work, after all. Somali men who had been discouraged in their move north
from Columbus said they are again hoping to bring their families here to
militia back the president
Hundreds of militiamen loyal to
Somalia's President Adullahi Yusuf have arrived in his temporary base of
Jowhar, the government has confirmed.
By Dean TakahashiMercury News It took a couple of years
for Novalogic's ``Delta Force: Black Hawk Down'' PC game to make it to
the Xbox and the PlayStation 2. The game is a noble effort to shed more
light on the fighting that tore apart Mogadishu in 1993 and inspired the
famous book and film.
Immigrants Return To MN As Katrina Victims
(AP) St. Cloud, Minn. After
fleeing Somalia for the United States several years ago, four men are feeling
like refugees again after Hurricane Katrina flooded their Louisiana apartment.
Africans Risk Drowning, Violence to Escape Poverty
Thirty-nine people who had been
stranded for days in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen were rescued
Wednesday by a Danish vessel. They are the lucky ones among the rising
wave of illegal migrants from the Horn of Africa who make the perilous
journey to Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries to escape violence
at home and seek a better life elsewhere.
moves staff from embattled Somali interim seat
NAIROBI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The
United Nations moved staff out of Somalia's makeshift capital Jowhar on
Thursday, after militiamen arrived and raised the potential for fighting
between rival factions of the fledgling government.
minister warns of attack
The Somalia government is plotting
a major military assault on Mogadishu currently controlled by militia groups,
a cabinet minister said yesterday.
envoy tours Europe to resuscitate Somali peace talks
NAIROBI, Sept 7, 2005 (Xinhua via
COMTEX) -- UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG)
Francois Lonseny Fall is traveling to Stockholm Wednesday as part of a
tour to Europe on the issue of Somali peace talks.
UNHCR disturbed by deaths of smuggled immigrants
NAIROBI, 7 September (IRIN) - The
UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has expressed concern over the death of at least
75 Somali and Ethiopian would-be immigrants who drowned last week as they
were being smuggled to Yemen on boats from Somalia.
over Igad troops for Somalia
The Inter-Governmental Authority
on Development (Igad) may not send peacekeeping troops to Somalia after
urges Somalia to restore political stability
The Kenyan government on Tuesday
called on rival Somali factions to resolve their long standing differences
and work toward the restoration of political stability in the lawless nation.
war or peace, Somali deal-maker survives
NAIROBI, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Hollywood
wasn't exaggerating when it portrayed Osman Ali Atto as the master survivor
of Mogadishu's ganglands.
pirates to let captives go free, report says
Somali pirates, under pressure
from the Somali government and clan elders, have agreed to release the
47 Taiwanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese crew on three
Taiwanese fishing boats immediately, a newspaper said yesterday.
police boss faces big task to restore law
KAMPALA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Lacking
money, recruits and political support, Somalia's top policeman faces the
unenviable task of training a force to bring law and order back to the
anarchic Horn of Africa country.
coast risky to sailors
The coastal waters off Somalia
are now the second most dangerous area for piracy attacks on shipping in
Media watchdog alarmed at threats against journalists
NAIROBI, 6 September (IRIN) - The
media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, expressed concern on Monday
over alleged threats by gunmen in Somalia against local journalists and
appealed to the country's interim government to help stop the intimidation.
pirates holding 48 Asian fishermen hostage agreed to reduce demand
Pirates holding 48 Asian fishermen
hostage off Somalia have slashed their ransom demand, a human rights worker
least 58 illegal Somali migrants drown
At least 58 Somali migrants have
drowned off the coast of Yemen and 155 are still missing, the BBC reported
UN envoy calls on interim gov't to help rescue hijacked ship
NAIROBI, 5 September (IRIN) - The
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Francois
Lounseny Fall, has appealed to interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf
Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi to help secure the release of
a food aid-laden ship hijacked off the country's northeastern coast in
of National Union of Somali Journalists
The International Federation of
Journalists, the world’s leading journalists’ organization, today welcomed
the formation of the first trade union journalists' organisation in Somalia
in 15 years and praised the democratic election of its leadership.
rebels holding 12 Filipinos hostage
SOMALI soldiers are preparing to
attack rebels holding Filipino, Taiwanese and other Asian fishermen in
the African nation after they threatened to kill one hostage each day if
ransom was not paid, a Taiwan newspaper reported yesterday.
nomad government pleads for help to quell terrorists
I like Britain," Somalia's President
and former warlord Abdullahi Yusuf told me. "In fact, a part of me is British."
He patted his stomach and revealed that he'd had a liver transplant in
London. "I owe my life to the donor, a 27-year-old Englishman."
in contact with Somali rebel hijackers
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MOFA) yesterday stressed that it has made contact with the Somali rebels
and is currently negotiating the release of three fishing boats and the
47 crew members being held hostage.
Somali die after being thrown overboard
SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 3 (UPI) --
More than 35 Somali nationals, including women and children, apparently
drowned after being thrown overboard by Somali sailors off Yemen's coast
women meet with UN officials
Five Somali women from the Twin
Cities left for New York this week to meet with the incoming president
of the U.N. General Assembly, Jan Eliasson.
pirates still hold UN food aid, 10 hostages
NAIROBI, Sept. 2 (Xinhuanet)
-- The Somali pirates who hijacked a Kenyan-registered vessel laden with
food aid off the northeastern coast of Somalia two months ago are still
holding the hostages and the food aid, UN officials said here Friday.
envoy seeking advice on Somali`s problems
Nairobi, Kenya, 09/02 - A special
envoy of the UN secretary-general to Somalia, Francois Fall, is set to
meet key political figures, including officials of the Arab League and
the African Union, in efforts to broker the deadlock facing the fledgling
Somali administration this weekend, the UN said Thursday here.
hijackers of Taiwanese vessels want ransom
NAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Somali
gunmen holding three Taiwanese fishing boats for over two weeks in southern
Somali waters are demanding $500,000 ransom for each of the vessels, a
Western intelligence source said on Friday.
for hostages’ release, WFP tells Kenya
The World Food Programme (WFP)
yesterday urged Kenya to press the Somalia government to push for the release
of ten hostages held in the country.
Human rights abuses rampant, says expert
NAIROBI, 1 September (IRIN) - Human
rights violations, including harassment of minorities and trafficking in
human beings, have remained rampant in Somalia despite the creation of
a transitional government for that country, an independent expert said
perspective on Somali refugees, JEANNE TIMMONS, Penacook - Letter
Colin Powell gave 12,000 Somali
Bantus refuge in the United States because he believed that if they returned
to Somalia, they would be massacred. The Bantus from camps in Kenya were
divided amongst the entire United States.
president gears up to fight - warlord
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's president
is preparing to use force to quell wrangling in his government, and his
critics should do "everything" to resist if attacked, a Mogadishu militia
boss said on Thursday.
envoy raps foreign forces in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Foreign
security services chasing terrorist cells in lawless Somalia are abusing
human rights with kidnappings, harassment and threats to suspects, some
of whom may be innocent, a United Nations envoy said Thursday.
Supports Somali Journalists Demand for Safety
The International Federation of
Journalists today backed Somali journalists in their calls for the need
to improve the security of media professionals in the country.
envoy thanks Ethiopia for efforts in Somalia
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet)
-- The United Nations on Wednesday expressed appreciation to Ethiopia for
its significant role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of
EU urges leaders to resolve rifts within gov't
NAIROBI, 31 August (IRIN) - The
European Union (EU) has urged Somalia's interim leaders to resolve wrangles
amongst the different institutions of their transitional government so
that donors can release some aid, an EU official said.
refugees return home
The United Nations High Commission
for Refugees (UNHCR) took its first tentative steps in repatriating dozens
of Somali families earlier this month after ten years of living in exile
in neighboring Kenya.
Silence Over Hostages Upsets Families
Beatrice Akinyi has spent the last
one month waiting for word of her husband Patrick Ogutu's whereabouts after
the ship he was travelling in was hijacked on July 28 and a crew of 10
people kidnapped by a Somali militia.
prosecutor seeks death sentence in trial
HARGEISA, Somalia, Aug 30 (Reuters)
- Prosecutors in the self-declared republic of Somaliland on Tuesday asked
a regional court to sentence to death 10 people suspected of killing aid
workers between 2002-2004.
leader vows peace, prepares for trouble
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Instead of fighting his way into
Mogadishu, President Abdullahi Yusuf plans to win control by patiently
negotiating the disarmament of its turbulent militias.
Islamist denounces Somali government
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An Islamic
court official who wields growing influence in Mogadishu denounced the
Somali government as unlawful on Tuesday, dismissing charges by cabinet
ministers that terrorists had set up bases in the country.
Wins Election in 19 Constituencies
The Somali State Election Coordinator
said that the Somali Peoples Democratic Party (SPDP) has won the August
21st elections in the state in 19 constituencies where vote counting has
to police probably admissible
Columbus- Statements by a Somali
man in which authorities said he admitted to falsifying immigration documents
and planning to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall likely will be allowed
at his trial, a federal judge said.
PM warns oil firms against deals with local officials
NAIROBI (AFX) - Somalia's prime
minister has warned foreign firms against signing oil exploration contracts
with local officials in the lawless country, saying such agreements were
says Somali man's statements likely will be admissible
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Statements by
a Somali man in which authorities said he admitted to falsifying immigration
documents and planning to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall likely
will be allowed at his trial, a federal judge said.
deportation case revived
Whether four Somali men can remain
in the United States is in question again after an appeals court sent their
case back to the Seattle judge who freed them more than two years ago.
Journalists Create Press Freedom Monitoring Network
For the first time in Somalia,
press-freedom violations will be systematically documented and reported,
thanks to efforts by the Somali branch of the Eastern Media Institute (EAMI-S)
and support from the Danish agency, International Media Support (IMS).
President is back from Saudi Arabia
Somali interim president, Mr. Abdulahi
Yusuf Ahmed is back home in Jowhar, Somalia after a week-long visit to
Saudi Arabia. Mr. Ahmed and his delegation were welcomed my senior Somali
government officials and crowds of well wishers, many in cultural attire.
Jowhar is the government’s temporary headquarters.
family can't afford to live in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. --Besides his meager income as a landscaper,
a Somali man has relied on food stamps to support his seven children and
his pregnant wife. But there's little left for things like soap, diapers,
utilities -- and rent.
the storm: humanitarian work amid the Somali maelstrom
"The question of our presence in
Somalia is a matter of constant debate within MSF," explains Mcllreavy.
"There is no question about the need for humanitarian aid because Somalia
has some of the worst health indicators in the world... But the needs have
to be weighed up against the risk to our staff."
woman faces deportation after refugee lie
A Somali woman is behind bars,
facing deportation, after she lied to gain refugee status in New Zealand
and then tried to bring in a family member.
Somali sisters embrace new life in the US
DADAAB, Kenya, August 25 (UNHCR)
– The air is thick with anticipation at the refugee transit centre in Nairobi.
People chat excitedly as they pile up their bags and pull their trolleys
had cause to arrest Somali man, agent testifies
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The government had probable cause to
arrest a Somali man accused of plotting to bomb a shopping mall based on
an e-mail, phone logs and other sources that corroborated his relationship
with a man convicted of helping terrorists, an FBI agent testified Thursday.
govt risks chaos with new force-speaker
NAIROBI Aug 24 (Reuters) - The
government could push Somalia into deeper chaos by recruiting an armed
force when it should be mediating a restoration of order in lawless Mogadishu,
a prominent political opponent of President Abdullahi Yusuf said.
human rights expert begins Somali review mission
NAIROBI, Aug. 24 (Xinhuanet) --
The United Nations Independent Expert on Somalia Ghanim Alnajjar is on
a 11-day mission to the Horn of African nation to review human rights conditions,
UN officials said here Wednesday.
police officers attend management course in Uganda
A total of 67 Somali senior police
officers are in Uganda for a three-week management course aimed at rebuilding
the their country's police force, Radio Uganda reported on Monday.
Announces Somali State, Rerun Elections Vote Counting Peaceful Conclusion
The National Electoral Board of
Ethiopia (NEBE) announced that vote counting in the National Election in
the Somali State and the rerun elections in various parts of the country
was concluded peacefully.
As Somali Clans End Rivalry
Some of 30,000 families displaced
in a recent clash between two rival Somali clans started returning home
following a peace agreement at the weekend.
The lives of Somalis continue to be blighted by a "catastrophic"
level of daily violence and "brutality", says a report by a medical charity.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says that in the town of Galcayo alone,
it has treated more than 500 victims of violence this year.
Voting largely peaceful in Somali region
JIJIGA, 22 August (IRIN) - More
than a million people headed to the polls on Sunday in a delayed vote for
23 seats in Ethiopia's remote eastern Somali region, but many polling stations
in the desert-like area opened late.
quarter of Somali children die before 5 - MSF
NAIROBI (Reuters) - More than one
in 10 Somali children die at birth and a quarter of those who survive will
perish before their fifth birthday in one of the world's worst child mortality
rates, a medical charity said on Monday.
president rules out disarmament by force
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's president
vowed on Sunday to use persuasion rather than force to disarm its many
militias, saying warlords and businessmen should realise it was in their
interests to demobilise the gunmen they control.
Women's Health Awareness Night in Minnesota
Somali Women's Night is focused
to provide preventive health education for refugee and immigrant women
from East Africa. Due to the culture shock immigrants/refugee feel upon
arrival in a country different from their own, it is very difficult for
them to be aware of the various health services that are available to them
and how to access these services.
Mixed signals ahead of Somali region poll
ADDIS ABABA, 19 August (IRIN) -
Ethiopia's remote, desert-like eastern Somali region has suffered years
of conflict and political instability, and is gripped with tension ahead
of Sunday's polls.
troop move has peaceful intention - PM
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Somali troop
recruitment campaign is intended to create a national army and not attack
any party involved in the government's internal differences, the prime
minister of the divided administration said on Friday.
in plea over race attacks
Glasgow's largest refugee community has joined a call
for victims of racist attacks to ensure the crimes are reported.
The community has experienced a rise in racist incidents since the London
bombings, according to representatives meeting Strathclyde police in a
bid to stop the attacks.
pirates unload food from hijacked UN ship
NAIROBI, Aug. 18 (Xinhuanet) --
Somali pirates who seized a UN-chartered ship carrying tsunami aid to Somalia
almost two months ago have started unloading food from the boat, according
to residents of Haradere in eastern S omalia.
gunmen seize fishing vessel, militia says
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Six unidentified
gunmen seized a fishing vessel and its crew in southern Somali waters in
the latest in a spate of acts of piracy off the coast of the lawless country,
a militia spokesman said on Wednesday.
of Somali refugees from Kenya resumes after two-year break – UN
The first airlifts from Kenya to
Somalia in two years left Dadaab in Kenya this week, bringing dozens of
Somali refugees home to the north after more than a decade in exile, the
United Nations refugee agency said today.
minister returns amid row
A prominent Somali warlord and minister in the transitional
government has returned to the capital, Mogadishu, for the first time in
to grips with khat in Somaliland
A mayor in breakaway Somaliland is trying to cut down
on the problems caused by khat, a mild stimulant, by moving dealers to
the outskirts of the city. Hussein Mohamud Jiir, mayor of the capital Hargeisa,
has set aside tracts of land where he hopes to install the khat merchants.
Somalis counter 'isolation'
A sense of isolation members of one of Wales' oldest
ethnic communities say they feel from society has led to an event to increase
still rules Somalia
GALCAYO, Somalia -- The thin strip of no man's land that
divides this town into north and south bears no markings or warning signs,
but everybody knows it's there. The towns- people also know that crossing
the so-called "Green Line" could spell instant death.
plans war, MPs say
Somalia's president is planning to start an internal
war with Ethiopian help, a group of rebel MPs has said. Abdullahi Yusuf
Ahmed has just returned from a trip to Ethiopia, his long-time ally, but
officials have denied that he sought military assistance there.
Freed Journalist is Expelled From Jowhar
A radio reporter jailed for five days in Jowhar was released
without charge on Sunday, but was expelled from the town and told not to
come back, according to the journalist and local sources.
accused of false aid pledges for Somalia
Donors made false promises to the Somalia government
before abandoning the new administration in its greatest hour of need,
a Canadian legislator said today.
hostage deadline expires
The deadline for the release of 10 hostages who have
been held by Somali pirates for six weeks on a UN-chartered ship has passed.
Under a deal agreed with the hijackers on Friday, the
ship was due to dock at the port of El Maan near the capital, Mogadishu,
within three days.
ditched new Somali government-Canadian MP
NAIROBI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Donors made false promises
to the Somalia government before abandoning the new administration in its
greatest hour of need, a Canadian legislator said on Monday.
WARMUP FOR TODAY’S IRAQ
You may ask, "What does Somalia have to do with Iraq?"
The answer is, "Plenty." In 1993, the United States, under the guise of
a "humanitarian" mission, invaded and occupied Somalia. As with Iraq, the
world's leading military superpower used its weapons to kill innocent people
in their own country.
hijackers to release ship, hostages -WFP
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali pirates who have held 10 hostages
for more than a month on a ship chartered by the U.N. World Food Programme
to carry food aid have agreed to release the vessel and free the crew,
the WFP said on Saturday.
from Britain: From hope on arrival to a deadly bitterness
LONDON Yasin Hassan Omar came to
Britain from Somalia in 1992 when he was 11 years old. Thirteen years later,
on July 21, he tried to detonate a bomb on the London Underground, the
continue to secure release of hijacked
Colombo, Aug 6 (IANS) Efforts continue to secure the
release of S. Mahalingam, the Sri Lankan captain of a World Food Programme
(WFP)-hired vessel that was hijacked in late June off the coast of Somalia,
pushes for a unified Somalia govt
A top United Nations envoy met
today with factional leaders opposed to Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf
to try to mend a rift that has split the new government and stalled progress
Interim government promises to end divisions
NAIROBI, 3 August (IRIN) - Senior officials of the Somali
interim government on Monday promised to end disagreements that have paralysed
their administration, following a visit by the Special Representative of
the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) to Somalia, François Lonseny Fall.
envoy heads to Somalia to urge leaders to ‘overcome differences’
The top United Nations envoy in Somalia met today with
senior officials in the war-ravaged country, aiming to help the leaders
begin a serious dialogue to overcome their differences and end the stalemate
over the relocation of the fledgling government and its institutions from
Kenya to Somalia.
The news that three of the suspects held in connection
with the failed London bombings on 21 July were born in East Africa has
once again put the region in the spotlight
Works to Facilitate Somali Reconciliation
Some African press reports say that Somali prime minister
Ali Mohamed Gedi yesterday rejected a new united nations effort at reconciling
the country’s factions. South Africa’s Mail and Guardian paper and
some other news outlets quote the somali prime minister as saying proposals
made last week by the UN were a “road-map” – and an “imposed solution”
-- made without consulting the government.
UN envoy to facilitate dialogue within divided gov't
NAIROBI, 1 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) to Somalia, François
Lonseny Fall, on Monday left Nairobi, Kenya, for the Somali town of Jowhar
to meet senior members of the Somali transitional government, officials
A haven for terrorists
The often lawless region of east Africa has been identified
for years as prone to terrorist activities. Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya,
and Ethiopia have all been known to contain active Islamic extremist groups,
some of which have definitive ties to al-Qaeda.
threat against London still serious despite arrests, police say
LONDON (AP) - British police were questioning suspects
Saturday in hopes of learning who recruited and supported the bombers who
struck at London's transit system, and authorities vowed they would not
let up in their massive anti-terrorist operation.
leader asks militia men to join army
New Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has appealed for
militia across the anarchic nation to join a security force for his government.
'guilty' in Somali man assault case - National Post
TORONTO -- A Toronto police officer
has been found guilty of beating a Somali immigrant in a violent confrontation
caught on videotape.
COMMUNITY' DRAGGED INTO THE SPOTLIGH - By
Yasin Hassan Omar has focused attention
on an ethnic minority group self-referentially known as the "invisible
community," raising the profile of Somalis in the UK in the worst way possible,
writes Jean Eaglesham.
leader seeks to bolster power with troops
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - New Somali
President Abdullahi Yusuf has appealed for militia across the anarchic
nation to join a security force for his government which re-based this
week outside Mogadishu to the fury of his foes.
captured in failed bombing
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Police yesterday
captured a Somali man believed to have been one of four fugitive bombers
but extended their dragnet for the others to Continental Europe amid signs
that some may have escaped Britain aboard an English Channel ferry.
pointed the gun at me and told me to drop my bag'
A Somali woman has described the moment she and her 12-year-old
son were held at gunpoint when armed police seized them near their London
home. The woman believes she was targeted after her estranged husband was
arrested as part of the investigation into the failed suicide bombings
on 21 July.
at Somali leader's arrival
Members of Somalia's transitional
government based in the capital have criticised the arrival of President
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in Jowhar.
Somalia, isolation has kept AIDS at bay
XUDDUR, SOMALIA -- They have posters.
They have training manuals. They have wipe-off markers. The only thing
that the earnest band of AIDS educators in this Somali town don't have
is, well, any people with AIDS.
Fighting in Somalia Kills 20
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Fighters
from rival clans battled for control of a town in southern Somalia, killing
at least 20 people and wounding more than 30, witnesses said Saturday.
On the front lines of a failed state
Xuddur, Somalia — He has no anesthetic. No bags of blood
to transfuse. No ventilator, no chest tube, no suction. No lights, no running
water. Nothing, in fact, but a scalpel, some gauze and a firm conviction
that he can manage without the fancy stuff.
by war, Somalis find refuge in
Sometimes putting down roots means just
Hamadi Mayange, a 54-year-old refugee
from Somalia, looks ill at ease in a community room at his apartment building
in east Denver, struggling to explain what he wants with the help of a
of a Peacemaker
The assassination of a Somali mediator may indicate that
Al Qaeda is gaining ground in the troubled African nation.
Still a Dream in Somalia As Leaders Bicker
All Africa More than two months
after the election of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Somalia is still
experiencing sporadic violence instigated either by clans.
Watch: Fighting terror in Somalia
Somalia has long been seen as a hotbed of terrorism and
Islamic fundamentalism, but analysts are coming to realize that fighting
terrorism there means more than supporting military operations and nabbing
Baidoa tense amidst fears of possible militia attack
NAIROBI, 21 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Tension
rose on Wednesday in the southwestern Somali town of Baidoa amidst reports
that a militia group was poised to attack the town, local leaders said.
deports Ethiopian pilots
BBC News, July 19, 2005 --
Djibouti has confirmed that two Ethiopian airmen who defected there in
June have been returned to Ethiopia.
Houses to be built for tsunami survivors
NAIROBI, 19 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Four
hundred housing units are to be built for survivors of the December 2004
tsunami in Hafun town, northeastern Somalia in a joint programme between
the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Human Settlements Programme
State Chief Urges Civil Servants to Contribute for Democratic Conduct of
Election, July 17, 2005
Chief of the Somali State called
upon civil servants in the State to contribute their share for the democratic
conduct of the upcoming national and state council elections in the state.
COUNCIL URGES SOMALI TRANSITIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO IMMEDIATELY CONCLUDE
NATIONAL SECURITY, STABILIZATION PLAN, INCLUDING CEASeFIRE
Expressing concern at the recent
disagreements threatening the viability of Somalia’s Transitional Federal
Institutions, the Security Council this afternoon urged the immediate conclusion
of a national security and stabilization plan, to include a comprehensive
and verifiable ceasefire agreement leading to final disarmament.
Puntland Journalists Freed, But Harassment Continues
The Committee to Protect
Journalists welcomes the release of two radio journalists who were jailed
for nearly two weeks in Bossasso, a city in the self-declared autonomous
region of Puntland. But CPJ remains deeply concerned by the continued imprisonment
of Abdi Farah Nur, editor of the weekly Shacab, and by reported attempts
to censor the private radio station Voice of Peace in the Puntland city
REFUGEE WINS PRIZE FOR POEM ABOUT NEWFOUND HOME
A 12-year-old Beechville boy, who came to Canada eight
years ago as a refugee, has won first place in a poetry contest held by
the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Authors Association.
Lifting arms embargo risks more violence - ICG
NAIROBI, 14 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The
UN arms embargo on Somalia has been critical in limiting violence in the
war-ravaged nation, and lifting it would create a serious threat of expanded
violence, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.
against Somali businesses in South Africa
Sun. July 10, 2005, Somalis
in South Africa have been subjected to discrimination at its worst in the
hands of black South Africans for the past several years. Worst hit are
those who ventured into black townships and opened new businesses.
government starts recruiting security force
MOGADISHU, July 9 (Reuters) - Somali
President Abdullahi Yusuf has begun recruiting members for a security force
to protect his new administration, despite angry opposition from powerful
warlords in his cabinet, officials said on Saturday.
president can save Somali peace process
NAIROBI, July 9 (Reuters) - Somalia's
president must return to Mogadishu and restart talks with opponents in
his cabinet if the anarchic country's peace process is to survive, an influential
Somali politician and former envoy said on Saturday.
Negotiates for Release of Hostages
The World Food Programme (WFP)
is working with ministers and clan elders to negotiate the release of eight
Kenyans held in Somalia.
Monitoring committee warns over rising tension July
The reported increase in weapons
entering Somalia in violation of a UN embargo and continuing differences
between Somali leaders are fuelling tension in that country, a committee
monitoring the peace process has warned.
leader warns rivals July
Somalia’s president is gathering troops from around the
country to protect his government as he moves into its temporary base in
Jowhar against angry protests from within his cabinet, a minister said
AND HORN OF AFRICA: Relief agencies seek US $479 million for Eritrea, Somalia
NAIROBI, 12 Nov 2004 (IRIN) - Relief agencies
have jointly appealed for more than US $479 million to fund humanitarian
activities in Uganda, Somalia and Eritrea in 2005, the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
president says "one year" to stabilise Somalia
KAMPALA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Somalia's new president
said on Friday it could take just one year to stabilise the Horn of Africa
nation torn apart by 14 years of conflict and plagued by heavily armed
civil war claimed 300,000 lives
KAMPALA - Somalia's new President Abdullahi Yusuf
Ahmed said on Friday that 300,000 of his countrymen were thought to have
died during 14 years of civil war and voiced hope for peace to return to
the Horn of Africa state.
rains render hundreds homeless in Somalia`s Sanaag region
Mogadishu, Somalia, 09/29 - Torrential rains
accompanied by heavy winds left more than 350 people homeless after floods
from two days of downpour washed away dozens of huts belonging to residents
of Sanaag region.
edges towards democracy
The first step in the process, creating a parliament,
came nearer to completion when 64 members were sworn in on Sunday in the
Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
turning point' for Somalia
Addis Ababa - The recent swearing-in in Nairobi
of Somalia's transitional federal parliament is a significant turning point
for the Horn of Africa nation's reconciliation process, African Union (AU)
Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare said on Saturday.
poised for new government
Somalia's first parliament for
13 years is expected to be sworn in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Sunday.
UNDP to encourage Somalis abroad to help motherland
NAIROBI, 18 Aug 2004 (IRIN) - The Somalia office
of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said on Wednesday that
it had launched a project to encourage Somali professionals living abroad
to use their skills to improve the lives of their compatriots back home.
2,400 mt of food delivered to ease shortages
NAIROBI, - The United Nations food agency has
delivered 2,400 mt of food aid to Somalia in a bid to ease a shortage of
relief supplies in the country that had been caused by unavailability of
grain in the regional market, officials said.
threatens Somali nomads
situation has been deteriorating over the last 10 years
A severe drought is threatening the nomadic lifestyle
of 250,000 herdsmen in northern Somalia, aid agencies have warned.
tells of Iraq kidnap ordeal
Mr Musa said he was treated well and given lots of food A Somali
truck driver kidnapped in Iraq has been talking about his ordeal after
arriving safely back in Kuwait.
progress to new government slows again
NAIROBI, Aug 6 (Reuters) - International mediators postponed the inauguration
of Somalia's parliament for two weeks to allow clan representatives more
time to finish their delegate lists for the new 275-member parliament.
calls for support of sports initiatives in Somalia as tool for peace
6 August 2004 – The United Nations team in Somalia
today appealed to the international community to support sports initiatives
among young Somalis to promote peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa country.
Disputes delay formation of transitional parliament again
NAIROBI, - The inauguration of Somalia's transitional
parliament was on Thursday postponed to 19 August, after disagreements
over nominees from various clans once again delayed earlier plans to swear-in
the MPs and launch the assembly.