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23 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

The Pacific Ocean is in the midst of an El Niño weather phenomenon that warms the surface of the water, but climate scientists say not for much longer. It is about to be replaced by its sister, La Niña, which comes around every two to five years and cools the surface of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) research scientist Dr. Chris Funk says that, as strange as it sounds, both weather systems can affect long-term weather patterns in a landlocked country half a world away.

09 Sep 2013 description
report Voice of America

by Mary Alice Salinas

The global community came tantalizingly close earlier this year to ridding the world of polio. But then in May, the eradication effort took a powerful blow. The virus turned up again in the Horn of Africa, first in Somalia.

The Banadir region of Somalia, which includes a Mogadishu refugee camp, is thought to be the so-called “engine” of the Horn of Africa polio outbreak.

28 May 2012 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI - The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says it is still waiting for African Union and Somali forces to say which parts of the Afgoye corridor aid groups can access to help more than 400,000 internally displaced Somalis. AU and Somali government forces seized control of the corridor from militants last week.

26 Apr 2012 description
report Voice of America

The United States is providing an additional $120 million in aid to the Horn of Africa, where a lack of rain is again threatening food supplies.

This is the second time this month the United States has announced major humanitarian aid to the Horn, following a $50-million contribution April 5.

The White House says the new aid is designed to prevent the food crisis from escalating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It says poor rains in the region “are expected to have a significant negative impact on crop production.”

24 Feb 2012 description
report Voice of America

Ethiopian and Somali soldiers seized control of the town of Baidoa in central Somalia this week, driving al-Shabab militants from one of their major strongholds. But analysts say the strategic victory carries significant risks.

Ethiopian forces working alongside troops from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, TFG, met very little resistance on the road to Baidoa.

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24 Jan 2012 description
report Voice of America

Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Ethiopian army base in Somalia Tuesday.

Witnesses say the bomber rammed a truck filled with explosives into a government compound in the town of Beledweyne, about 30 kilometers from the Ethiopian border.

The building houses Somali government officials and Ethiopian troops, who helped the government seize control of Beledweyne from al-Shabab last month.

29 Oct 2011 description
report Voice of America

Sprawling refugee camps have sprung up recently in the parched deserts of East Africa to handle the mass exodus from famine-stricken Somalia. Aid agencies at first scrambled to keep pace as countless starving families arrived seeking help. Child mortality rates skyrocketed to several times above emergency levels. A massive infusion of humanitarian resources, though, now appears to be turning the tide.

Dr. Monica Thallinger treats dozens of severe malnutrition cases each day at Hilaweyn, the newest of four Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia.

25 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

African Union officials say they hope to raise hundreds of millions of dollars at an international pledging conference for victims of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. The conference is expected to attract several African leaders who will be at AU headquarters for a series of high-level meetings on Libya.

23 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

An spokesman for the African Union says final preparations are being made for the scheduled August 25 “pledge conference” in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Organized by the continental body, the meeting aims to raise funds to help relief efforts in hunger-stricken East Africa, which has created hundreds of thousands refugees and internally displaced.

El-Ghassim Wane said the A.U. has been providing support delivering food and protecting relief workers.

17 Aug 2011 description
report Voice of America

Peter Clottey

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says regional leaders have agreed to make financial contributions towards combating the drought and famine in East Africa.

Sonny Ugoh, communications director of the sub-regional body, says ECOWAS has expressed concern about the food shortage crisis and will continue to help provide assistance to those affected.

27 Jul 2011 description
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Nico Colombant | Washington

As famine threatens areas of Somalia and other parts of the Horn of Africa, food security experts are looking for lessons from severe droughts of the past, when worst case scenarios were avoided. Their examples range from recent years to pre-colonial times.

Food security experts say Africa's famines have become more frequent as the world economy has grown more connected.

13 Jul 2011 description
report Voice of America

Mariama Diallo | Washington

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in decades and aid agencies are appealing to the international community for immediate help to save hundreds of thousands of people at risk of starvation. Relief experts also say long-term solutions are needed to address underlying problems with African agriculture.

08 Mar 2011 description
report Voice of America

Peter Clottey

An adviser to the United Nations on the conflict in Somalia warns the country's ongoing crisis is encouraging terrorism activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries, which he says could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region.

Mustapha Ali, who is also the Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders, says Kenyans are expressing concern after police named 11 suspects under investigation for terrorism activities.

"It seems that the goings on in Somalia and across to the Kenyan border is now spilling over in terms of the people who …

19 Oct 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Alisha Ryu

Nairobi 19 October 2009 Several hundred insurgent fighters in Somalia have reportedly defected to the government in the past week, following fierce fighting that began early this month between militant Islamist factions in the southern city of Kismayo. The split in the Islamist alliance could bring further turmoil and uncertainty to Somalia.

On October 1, two Somali Islamist groups, which had been close allies in the effort to topple the U.N.-backed Somali transitional government in Mogadishu, turned their guns on each other in the port city of Kismayo.

18 Sep 2008 description
report Voice of America

By Peter Heinlein

Addis Ababa - A senior U.S. aid agency official predicts there will be no famine this year in the Horn of Africa, even though conditions are worse than during previous periods of catastrophic food shortage. VOA's Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports East Africa remains the region of the world hardest hit by the global food crisis.

Michael Hess of the U.S.