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Somalia: Al-Shabab Forces Burn Villages

(Nairobi) – The Islamist armed group Al-Shabab burned numerous homes in raids on villages in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region in late May 2017, Human Rights Watch said today based on witness accounts and satellite imagery analysis. Al-Shabab fighters abducted civilians, stole livestock, and committed arson in attacks that caused more than 15,000 people to flee […]

July 27th, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

UAE naval forces ignored Somali migrants after attacks despite knowledge the vessel was civilian-UN investigators

United Arab Emirates forces failed to provide humanitarian support to Somali migrants as they battled for their lives after a Saudi-led coalition gunship attack in March, a UN report has said laying blame on the coalition for the deaths. In a report to the UN Security Council, investigators found the Saudi-led coalition culpable and wondered […]

July 27th, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Joint US-Somali raid nabs suspected US resident

(CNN)A joint US-Somali military raid on an al-Shabaab target in Somalia on Sunday resulted in the capture of an al-Shabaab facilitator who is suspected of being a lawful US resident, two US defense officials told CNN. US military advisers were conducting an “advise and assist mission,” accompanying local Somali security forces as they launched a […]

July 26th, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Somalia: Roadside blast kills 4 soldiers

MOGADISHU, Somalia At least four soldiers were killed and several others wounded when a roadside blast targeted a security convoy in southwest Somalia, police said on Sunday. The attack took place near the town of Baidoa, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, the capital of the Horn of Africa nation. Four soldiers from […]

July 23rd, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

114 Somali prisonsers freed by Ethiopia arrive in Mogadishu

Over 110 Somali prisonsers freed by neighbouring Ethiopia based on a diplomatic arrangement arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday. Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, announced earlier this month that Ethiopia had accepted to hand over some 120 Somalis held in its detention facilities. He tweeted the news in Somali, a translation of which read: ‘‘Ethiopia […]

July 23rd, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Somali Government bids farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Sweden

The Federal Government of Somalia gave an official farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, Ambassador Mikael Lindvall, thanking him for the re-establishment of the diplomatic relations between our two countries and for substantially increasing Sweden’s development aid during his service. Sweden ranks 3rd in the bilateral aid to Somalia and is […]

July 22nd, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

Asma Jama was out to dinner with her family at an Applebee’s in Coon Rapids, Minn., in October 2015, when a woman seated nearby starting getting angry. Why? Jama, who is Somali-American and Muslim, was speaking Swahili and wearing a hijab. The woman, Jodie Bruchard-Risch, demanded that Jama speak English — and then smashed Jama […]

July 22nd, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Somali Presidential Secretary is Suspended Over Power Struggle – Reports

The Chief of Staff of the Somali Presidency suspended the presidential secretary in what many see an emerging power struggle and split among the president’s inner circles, local media reported. Habib Mohamed Egal who was identified as the president’s secretary and close ally to the president during his campaign, was suspended from duty by Fahad […]

July 21st, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Somalis in Minneapolis Shocked and Saddened by Police Shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — His hiring by the Minneapolis Police Department was hailed by the mayor as “a wonderful sign.” Hundreds of Somalis attended an event at a local mall welcoming him to the force, lining up to take pictures and shake his hand. But just 14 months after Mohamed Noor became the first Somali police officer […]

July 20th, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »

Somalia’s HirShabelle state has signed a land lease agreement with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

This was signed by the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, days after the mission handed over the Somali National University – which has served as its base since 2007 – to the government. He thanked the government for helping relocate the troops from the university […]

July 20th, 2017 | Posted in english | Read More »


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