updated 1:42 PM MDT, May 28, 2017

Constitutional review process kicked off in Somalia

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H.E. Abdirahman Hosh Jibril, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, introduces Somalia's master plan for the Constitutional review to international partners in Nairobi
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Somalia is undergoing a historic process of change, moving towards peace following decades of violent conflict. The Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) along with the Speakers of the National Federal Parliament last Friday introduced to international partners in Nairobi a master plan for the review of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution (2012). Extensive consultations with regional administrations, the National Federal Parliament  and civil society will lead to the drafting of a new Federal Constitution, which will set a framework for the national elections in 2020.

Supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNSOM in Somalia, the review and drafting process –involving all key role players in the Somali institutions and society– will take less than two years, according to the master plan.

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Somalia at risk of another famine

Umberto Bacchi Reuters

Prompt humanitarian action has kept drought-ridden Somalia from sliding into famine so far but more resources, better security and increased access to remote areas are needed to bring the country back from the brink, experts say.

Almost 3 million people are facing starvation in the Horn of Africa nation that is suffering the effects of repeated rain failures and decades of conflict, according to the United Nations.

A pre-famine alert was issued in February, a move that UN officials credit with helping to avert a repeat of the 2011 famine, when the aid response was slow and more than 250,000 people died of starvation.

"After early warning in Feb, the combined actions from donors, humanitarians & Somali gvt have averted the worst scenario," Dominique Burgeon, director of the emergency division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a Twitter conversation hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Seattle Mom sues Trump to stop travel ban and bring her son Home



Juweiya Ali is fighting to bring her 7-year-old son to the U.S. from Somalia. Her latest battle is a lawsuit against President Trump's travel ban.
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When President Trump signed an executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a 24-year-old mom from suburban Seattle joined several states and immigrants' rights groups in suing to stop it.

Juweiya Ali is fighting to bring her 7-year-old son to the U.S. from Somalia. Ali was born in Somalia but she grew up here, and became a U.S. citizen. In high school, she traveled to Somalia with her mother to reconnect with their culture. That's where she met her future husband, and they had a son.

When we sat down at a community center in the Seattle suburbs, Juweiya Ali wore a headscarf and a long, modest dress. She pulled photos of her son out of her purse. He now lives with his grandmother, halfway around the world, in Somalia.

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Somalia: President Farmaajo Briefly Meets Trump in Riyadh, Appeals Backing

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has on Sunday met with the U.S President Donald Trump in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh following the conclusion of the US-Arab-Muslim conference, Presidential Communications officer confirms.

Somali Presidential Communications officer, Abdinur Mohamed said the two presidents talked on security collaboration between Somalia and the United States of America, where President Farmajo highlighted the need for strong U.S support to defeat the militant group Al-Shabab that is battling the government and the African Union forces.

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Measles vaccination campaign launched in Mogadishu

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21 May 2017 – The World Health Organization with the Federal Government of Somalia and UNICEF launched a preventative measles vaccination campaign yesterday targeting 125 000 children aged 6 to 59 months from communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Banadir and Afgoye.

The campaign was launched by the Deputy Mayor of Mogadishu, Director-General for Federal Ministry of Health and other government officials, in attendance with officials from WHO and UNICEF at the Banadir region meeting hall.

Measles is endemic in Somalia; however the number of cases is higher in 2017 than in previous years. Since the beginning of the year, Somalia has recorded 7694 suspected cases of measles, of which 1989 cases (26%) were reported from Banadir region. The high number of measles cases can be attributed to the pre-famine conditions and drought-driven displacement of populations from rural to urban areas across the country.

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