updated 2:38 PM MDT, May 27, 2017

Preventing famine in Somalia: An urgent and dangerous balancing act


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Mohamud Mohamed approached us while trying to fetch water from the well around which he and thousands more had congregated in desperation. He spoke with passion when he told us that he has never seen a drought like this before. The lack of water has culled his family’s herd of goats from 360 to 90, and he and his boy frequently go to bed without dinner.

 

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Somalia

Executions Increase in Somalia


The sudden increase in summary executions in Somalia has drawn the attention of human rights groups like Amnesty International as well as the local European Union delegation.

The sudden increase in summary executions in Somalia has drawn the attention of human rights groups like Amnesty International as well as the local European Union delegation.

In Somalia, a country long troubled by deadly violence, there's a disturbing new trend: an increase in summary executions.

Somali military courts and the militant group al-Shabab have each executed about a dozen people so far in 2017, all of them killed in public settings as crowds of between 30 and 300 people looked on.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Somalia

UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

Despite the return of piracy off Somalia’s coasts in 2017, the UAE and others continue to bank on the region, sinking millions into new infrastructure.

The historical roots of engagement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Somalia harken back centuries to when Arab merchants controlled trade routes circumventing what now constitutes Somalia and the semi-autonomous Somaliland and Puntland regions. In March 2017, word broke that UAE-based heavy hitter DP World was planning to manage and develop a port in Berbera, Somaliland. In addition in April, UAE-based P&O Ports won a 30-year contract for the Puntland port of Bosaso. What is unfolding is a bid for strategic trade relevance, as well as for political clout and access to a troubled and opportunity-rich corner of the world.

Simultaneously, the timing of these agreements coincides with an uptick in regional security risks. While piracy in the Eastern Horn may be on the rise, will the international community’s attention, and increased foreign engagement, be sufficient to reverse this trend?

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Somalia

QRCS to Launch QR 5.5 mln Ramadan Projects in Somalia



May 15th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Somalia is set to initiate Ramadan projects worth nearly QR 5.5 million, for the vulnerable groups, to help improve their living standards and mitigate the impact of the three-year drought.

Under its annual Ramadan Iftar, QRCS will distribute food packages to poor families, at a total cost of QR 400,680. Lasting for 15 days each, these distributions will benefit 2,500 families (12,500 people).

Also, a therapeutic nutrition center will be established to reduce malnutrition and resulting deaths. Expected to serve more than 15,000, the new center will take a budget of QR 5 million.

QRCS and Katara Cultural Village have recently completed a fundraising campaign for Somalia. The joint drive could secure QR 2.3 million of relief and food aid, to be entered into Somalia through Berbera Port.

The humanitarian situation across Somalia is critical, with the drought and looming famine threatening the lives of 6.7 million people as well as livestock. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) statistics, more than this figure need urgent humanitarian aid, including 3.2 million on the verge of a disaster.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Somalia

At Least 6 Killed in Inter-Clan Clashes in Central Somalia

At least six people were killed and nine others injured when rival clan militias clashed in central Somalia, residents and community elders said on Saturday.

The militiamen belonging to the Air and Duduble sub-clans started fighting early Saturday morning in Labi-Aano village, 45 km east of Dhuusamareeb. The fight is over a dispute and clan vendetta.

"So far we know that six people died in the hostilities between the clans and more than nine others were injured,

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Somalia

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