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As Parliament argues over the National Insurance U-turn, Boris Johnson rides an armoured vehicle in Mogadishu

As Philip Hammond and Theresa May were torn into by the Labour party over the NICs U-turn – though not, in some people’s opinion its leader – Boris Johnson rode armoured vehicle in Mogadishu. He made a surprise visit to Somalia during the drought and appeared to be enjoying himself, with a breeze in his […]

March 15th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Pentagon gets OK for more counterterror raids

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Donald Trump has granted the Pentagon additional authority to carry out counterterrorism missions in Yemen and the White House is talking to the Pentagon about providing similar leeway in Libya and Somalia as terror activities there grow, a US defense official told CNN Monday. The authority gives military commanders more freedom […]

March 15th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Ethiopia: Government failures to blame for dozens of deaths at rubbish dump

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE The death of more than 60 people in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital over the weekend is a clear case of dereliction of duty by the Ethiopian authorities, said Amnesty International today. Dozens are still missing since the landslide at the 36-hectare […]

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Pirates Have Hijacked a Sri Lankan-Flagged Freighter off the Somali Coast

Abdi Guled / AP MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali officials say pirates have hijacked a ship off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation. It is thought to be the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel there in about three years. One official in the semiautonomous state of Puntland said the incident occurred […]

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

‘Dying one by one:’ Somalia drought crushes herders’ lives

By Abdi Guled |AP BANDAR BEYLA, Somalia — Ahmed Haji turns from his visibly dehydrated animals and whispers: “I am lost.” Trying to flee the worsening drought, he trekked thousands of kilometers with a herd that once numbered 1,200. But hundreds perished during the arduous trip to Puntland, in northern Somalia, in search of greener […]

March 13th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Silverbacks draw Somalia, Burundi at AfroBasket qualifiers

Uganda National Men’s Basketball team, the Silverbacks will start their bid to return to AfroBasket against Somalia on Monday, March 13. The Silverbacks were drawn in Group B alongside Somalia and Burundi at the Zonal qualifiers tournament that tips-off later today. After the Somalia game, Uganda will have a day off and return to action […]

March 12th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

World Bank Group President Calls for Urgent Action on Hunger Crisis

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today issued the following statement on the devastating levels of food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and Yemen: “Famine is a stain on our collective conscience. Millions of lives are at risk and more will die if we do not act quickly and decisively. We at the World Bank […]

March 11th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

My meeting with a forgotten terrorist in Somalia

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—A man who has been called everything from a terrorist, a visionary, a clan elder, a religious scholar, a killer and a statesmen greets me on his driveway with a wave and a grin. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys seems eager for visitors. House arrest does not agree with those who pride themselves as leaders, […]

March 11th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Al-Shabaab leader surrenders

The African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, on Thursday confirmed that the leader of the militant group al-Shabaab has surrendered to government forces in Baidoa town in southern Somalia. The AU mission confirmed that Hussein Mukhtar surrendered to the Somali National Army (SNA) on Tuesday following a government amnesty offer for militants to surrender. “AMISOM […]

March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

World accused of repeating mistakes over Somalia famine threat

World accused of repeating mistakes over Somalia famine threat High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our T&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. The international community’s response to the threat of […]

March 10th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

UN chief: Steady funding needed for AU troops in Somalia

Nairobi – The UN secretary general on Wednesday urged more funding for African Union troops in Somalia battling Islamic extremists trying to take over the country. The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as Amisom, needs consistent funding in order to meet its objectives in fighting terrorism and stabilising the country, Antonio Guterres said. The […]

March 9th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Somalia to print first banknotes in 25 years

IMF to help Mogadishu regain control of currency from counterfeiters Somalia, a country where up to 98 per cent of local banknotes are fake, is about to embark on the massive task of taking back control of its currency.  High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, […]

March 9th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Policeman arrested after shooting colleague in bar argument in Mpeketoni, Lamu County

By Cyrus Ombati: A police constable was arrested after he shot and injured his colleague in an argument in a bar in Mpeketoni, Lamu County. Constable John Ngatia of Mpeketoni police station shot and seriously injured his AP colleague Wesley Korir in a struggle at Watiri bar before he was arrested. Ngatia wanted to shoot […]

March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Former Somali NOC boss urges Govt to draw-up National sports budget

Former Somali National Olympic Committee president and current honorary president, Abdulkader Ibrahim Ga’al AKA Abkow, has called for the federal government of Somalia to include national sports budget into the country’s budget of the year.   Speaking at a news conference in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Mr. Abkow accused the country’s past governments of doing nothing […]

March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News,Sports | Read More »

‘What have we done?’ Somali child in Columbus asks as new Trump travel ban unveiled

WASHINGTON — After uproar, revisions and several delays in release, President Donald Trump issued a new 90-day travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries Monday, arguing the move will keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. Shortly afterward in Columbus, Omar Hassan of the Somali Community Association fielded a question from one of the younger members […]

March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

‘A nightmare:’ UN chief urges help for Somalia hunger crisis

BAIDOA, Somalia (AP) — Visibly shocked by the suffering of malnourished Somalis and cholera victims during an emergency visit, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged international support to alleviate Somalia’s worsening hunger crisis. “Every single person we have seen is a personal story of tremendous suffering. There is no way to describe it,” Guterres […]

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

US: New Refugee Order Renews Old Harms

United States President Donald Trump’s new executive order significantly curtailing the US refugee program would inflict similar harms on refugees and Americans as the previous order, Human Rights Watch said today. The March 6, 2017 order bars entry into the US for 90 days to nationals of six Muslim-majority countries, plus those from a yet-unknown […]

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

UN chief in Somalia on emergency visit to focus on famine

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has started what he calls an emergency visit to Somalia to focus on the country’s famine crisis. “People are dying. The world must act now to stop this,” said the U.N. chief on Twitter to announce his arrival in this Horn of Africa nation. “We need to make as much […]

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Drought Threatens To Drive Famine In Somalia As Hunger Kills More Than 100

the two-way BREAKING NEWS FROM NPR At least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. And on Saturday, Somalia’s prime minister made it clear that the conditions are exacting a stark human cost. Over a […]

March 6th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours of drought

Abdi Guled, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region — the first death toll announced in a severe drought threatening millions of people across the country. Somalia’s government declared the drought a national disaster on Tuesday. The […]

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

Erdogan calls to help drought-hit East Africa

 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of tweets Saturday called to take part in the Turkish Red Crescent aid campaign for East African hit by drought and famine. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday called for urgent action to help over 20 million people facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and […]

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

International Criminal Court (ICC) President meets with President of Uganda

The ICC President held bilateral discussions with H.E. the President and reiterated the Court’s commitment to listen to concerns raised by Uganda THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 3, 2017/ — On 1 March 2017, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-CPI.int), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, who was on an official visit to Uganda, […]

March 4th, 2017 | Posted in Latest News | Read More »

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