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Somali premier rejects UN plan to salvage transitional government

JOWHAR, Somalia, Aug 1 (AFP) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi on Monday rejected a new action plan by the United Nations aimed at reconciling rival factions in the war-shattered Horn of Africa nation's transitional government.
Gedi said the proposal, unveiled last week by Francois Fall, the UN special envoy to Somalia, was an imposed solution to a problem that could be dealt with by the government of a "sovereign country" without outside help.

"It is ridiculous to bring another roadmap without consulting the government," Gedi told AFP. "We

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UN envoy heads to Somalia to urge leaders to 'overcome differences'

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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.

According to a UN spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, arrived in Jowhar, Somalia - the temporary location of the government - where he held talks today with Somali President Abdullahi

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Kenya: Conflict over resources in border areas

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IRIN
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MANDERA, 1 August (IRIN) - The recent killing of 70 people in northern Kenya's Marsabit district demonstrates a frequent pattern of conflict between communities living in arid areas over scarce resources and inter-communal animosity exacerbated by political rivalry, an analyst said.

On 12 July, hundreds of armed raiders believed to have been members of the Borana ethnic group attacked villages inhabited by the Gabra community in the Turbi area of Marsabit, near the

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UN envoy leaves for Somalia to mediate government feuding

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Xinhua
NAIROBI, Aug 1, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) to Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall left Nairobi Monday for Somali town of Jowhar to meet Somali transitional government officials over their longtime feuding.

"The SRSG is there to foster dialogue within the Transitional Federal Institutions as mandated by the UN Security Council," a statement from the UN Political Office for Somalia said Monday.

In the 14th attempt to reestablish government in the war- shattered Horn of Africa nation since 1991 when warlords toppled

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UNDP Somalia Quarterly Update - Jul 2005

Duduble Canal inaugurated - first development project in the south for 20 years

80-year old Mumin Abdi's simsim farm is about 50 metres from the River Shabelle, but he can't access the river water because the canal that used to carry the water to his farm has silted up. This means that he can no longer rotate the four crops that he used to, which in turn reduces the productivity of the land and his income. His story is duplicated in farms all along the river for the past 15 years, in what was and to some extent still is the most fertile part of Somalia

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Monthly nutrition update for Somalia - Jul 2005


OVERVIEW
Overall, areas with increased nutrition concern have encountered persistent insecurity, with resultant population displacement; recurrent natural disasters and hindrance to humanitarian assistance delivery. On the contrary, areas with good humanitarian access coupled by general improvement in food security indicators, stable health situation, relatively more diversified diets, and relative civil security had improvement in the nutrition situation, e.g. Nugaal valley, Sool plateau, and most parts of NE Somalia.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly Review Jun-Jul 2005

Transitional government relocates to Jowhar, Central Somalia

On 26 July, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) for Somalia arrived in Jowhar, 90km north of Mogadishu, to establish the temporary seat of his administration. The President has chosen Jowhar as an interim location due to ongoing insecurity in Mogadishu. On his arrival, the President was met by hundreds of residents and members of his government including Prime Minister Ali Gedi, various Ministers and Members of Parliament. In an address to residents of Jowhar,

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Humanitarian situation in Somalia: Monthly analysis, Jul 2005

This report was written in cooperation with the UN Agencies in Somalia
OVERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The month of July marked the finalization of FSAU's 2005 post Gu assessment according to which 919,000 people are in need of urgent assistance until January 2006, of which 542,000 are from the assessment analysis and 377,000 are continuing IDPs. This is an increase to the total 875,000 found to be in need of urgent assistance following the 2004/5 post Deyr assessment. While these figures could suggest an overall worsening of the situation, the assessment finds that while the number

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Somali president settles in temporary capital despite opposition from warlords

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NAIROBI, Jul 30, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Defying strong opposition from his Mogadishu-based ministers, Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has settled in the town of Jowhar, serving as the war-torn Horn of Africa country's temporary capital.

Yusuf early this week arrived in Jowhar, some 90 km north of Mogadishu, to launch the establishment of the first presidential office on Somali soil for more than a decade.

The president flew from his personal stronghold in the northern region of Puntland to the town of Jowhar, where

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UN proposes reconciliation plan for rival Somali government factions

NAIROBI, July 29 (AFP) - The United Nations said on Friday it would propose an action plan to leaders of rival factions in the Somali government in a bid to bridge gaps that have scuppered efforts to restore stability in the shattered African nation.
The plan hopes to narrow rifts between a faction headed by Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and another one led by powerful parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden over which town will host the government, said UN special envoy to Somalia Francois Fall.

Yusuf and his Prime Minister Ali Mohamed

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Afghanistan + 33 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 31 of 2005

This week 's report covers the following sectors/countries:
Sectors: Agriculture, Food, Health, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

This report includes:

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (3) Occupied Palestinian Territories (4) Pakistan (5) Tajikistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Djibouti (4) Eritrea (5) Kenya (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania (10) Uganda

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Angola + 13 others
Africa: Weather hazards assessment 28 Jul - 03 Aug 2005


Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead:

November 2005 - January 2006 Forecast: Southern Africa;

There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over northern Mozambique. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall over northwestern Angola.

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Somalia: Kenyan crew of hijacked ship to be freed

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IRIN
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NAIROBI, 28 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The men who hijacked a Kenyan-registered vessel laden with food aid off the northeastern coast of Somalia over a month ago have agreed to release some of the crew, sources said on Thursday.

A spokesman for those holding the vessel said the eight Kenyan crewmembers would be freed soon, following the intervention of Kenya's ambassador to Somalia, Muhammad Abdi Afey.

"We have spoken to the ambassador

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East Africa: Earthquake & Tsunamis Second Quarterly Report Appeal No.28/2004 Operation Update No. 57

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
In Brief

Emergency and Recovery Plan of Action (Appeal No. 28/2004); Operations Update no. 57; Period covered: 1 April to 30 June 2005; Appeal coverage: 58.6% The list of contributions can be

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Niger + 6 others
Trócaire launches €3 million Africa-wide emergency appeal

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Trócaire
Trócaire launches an Africa-wide emergency appeal to raise €3 million to target the many countries on the African continent facing hunger and food insecurity.

A number of regions in Africa are experiencing food shortages with various levels of severity and complexity. In East Africa approximately nine million people are in need of aid, some four million people in Niger are experiencing severe food shortages, another three million face hunger in neighbouring countries in west Africa while in southern Africa some nine million people are also affected with food

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Somalia: Interim president moves to Jowhar

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NAIROBI, 27 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Somalia's interim president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, and his entourage on Tuesday arrived in the town of Jowhar, 90 km north of the capital, Mogadishu, to join the prime minister in the temporary seat of the transitional government, officials said.

"He is there to set up base and will continue to work from there [Jowhar]," Dahir Mire Jibril, the president's chief-of-staff, told IRIN on Wednesday.

Yusuf, Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi

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Somali pirates eye WFP food instead of ransom

By Guled Mohamed

NAIROBI, July 26 (Reuters) - Pirates who seized a ship loaded with food destined for hungry Somalis are now interested in its cargo of rice instead of the ransom they earlier demanded, the vessel's shipping agent said on Tuesday.

Seaborne Somalia militiamen hijacked the MV Semlow last month as it steamed toward the northern port of Bossaso carrying 850 tonnes of rice donated by Japan and Germany to the U.N.'s World Food Programme.

The food was to help thousands of Somalis hit by the Dec. 26 tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean after an

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Embattled Somali president arrives in provisional capital

JOWHAR, Somalia, July 26 (AFP) - Somalia's Transitional President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed arrived Tuesday in the central town of Jowhar, which he insists will host the federal government as the Horn of Africa nation emerges from 14 years of anarchy.
"I came to Jowhar and operate from here," Yusuf told a gathering here.

Yusuf and his Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi maintain that their administration, which was created last year in neighboring Kenya and remained in exile in Nairobi until mid-June, cannot move to bullet-scarred Mogadishu for security reasons.

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Kenya-Somalia: New arrivals in dire need of help

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EL WAK, 26 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ibrahim Adan, a 31-year-old schoolteacher in the Kenya-Somalia border town of El Wak, was able to adequately provide for his family of five until April, when an influx of people fleeing violence in Somalia suddenly made him responsible for three additional families.

"Now I am hosting 21 people, including 15 children. I have a lot of debts," said the father of three, whose salary of 9,000 Kenya shillings (US $118) a month is inadequate to support

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