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31 Jul 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

31 Jul 2005 description


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.

31 Jul 2005 description

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.

30 Jul 2005 description
report Xinhua

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 he believes his personal safety and popularity …

29 Jul 2005 description

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29 Jul 2005 description

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.

28 Jul 2005 description

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.

28 Jul 2005 description


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.

28 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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27 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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27 Jul 2005 description
report 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.

26 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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26 Jul 2005 description

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.

26 Jul 2005 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

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 Jul 2005 description
report IRIN

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NAIROBI, 26 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Dozens of people were feared dead and many more injured in clashes that broke out on Friday and continued over the weekend in the town of Boru-Hache, also known as El-Waaq, in southwestern Somalia's Gedo region, sources said.

25 Jul 2005 description

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

Somalia: ICRC continues emergency operations to help victims of the conflict

Fighting in Mogadishu during recent months has forced tens of thousands of families to leave the capital, seeking refuge in safer parts of central and southern Somalia. Armed violence continues daily in Mogadishu, with serious humanitarian consequences.

Weapon-related injuries remain a source of great concern to the ICRC.

25 Jul 2005 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) - A leader of Somali militia who hijacked a vessel chartered by the U.N.

23 Jul 2005 description

MOGADISHU, July 23 (AFP) - At least 32 people have been killed and 64 wounded in two days of interclan fighting over the control of a town in Gedo region of southern Somalia, witnesses and clan elders said Saturday.

The fighting, which started on Friday, pitted militia from Garre and Marehan subclans over the control of Elwak township, they said.

"The fighting, that engaged the Garre against the Marehan subclans started on Friday," an elder, who did not want to be named, told AFP by radio.

"The fighting has claimed the lives of 32 people and wounded some 64 …

22 Jul 2005 description

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