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30 Jan 1997 description

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, January 30, 1997.

Somalia has been without a recognized central government since its last president, dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, fled the
country in 1991. Subsequent fighting among rival faction leaders resulted in the killing, dislocation, and starvation of thousands of Somalis and led the United Nations to intervene militarily in 1992.

With the exception of the capital city of Mogadishu and the region outside the provincial city of Baidoa, little serious interclan

27 Jan 1997 description


The Deyr (secondary) rainy season in Somalia ended in December, and Somalia is now seasonably dry. Deyr rains started late this year and were poor during the season, resulting in some failures of rain-fed crops.

24 Jan 1997 description

This is an excerpt of the original report which includes: A) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania B) Uganda C) Somalia D) Angola E) Liberia and Sierra Leone F) Tajikistan

17 Jan 1997 description
report World Vision

WV commodities officer conducted a successful inspection of the FFW activities this week and the team will soon start distributing 225 MT of food.

06 Jan 1997 description

From Ghion Hagos; PANA Staff Correspondent

04 Jan 1997 description

FROM Ghion Hagos; PANA Staff Correspondent

03 Jan 1997 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA Jan 3 (Reuter) - Twenty-six Somali faction leaders meeting in Ethiopia said on Friday they would set up a ''National Salvation Council'' authorised to establish a provisional central government.

But faction leader Hussein Aideed who claims he is Somalia's president is boycotting the meeting.

The 26 leaders, in a declaration marking the end of an eight-week consultation process, appealed to Aideed and Mohamed Egal, leader of the self-declared Somaliland republic, to participate in the reconciliation process.

17 Dec 1996 description

UNHCR has issued an appeal for more than $7.7 million to fund new reintegration projects for up to 140,000 refugees who are expected to return to Somalia this coming year. UNHCR's request for funds is part of an appeal for $46.5 million for a joint action programme run by UN agencies in the region. This programme - which represents a new locally based approach- is aimed at stabilising the situation in Somalia and boosting relief and rehabilitation projects.

17 Dec 1996 description

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuter) - The battle for the Somali capital Mogadishu widened Tuesday when another major faction joined the fighting, which has killed more than 135 people and wounded 900 in five days.

Witnesses said militiamen under north Mogadishu alliance chief Ali Mahdi Mohamed shelled Hussein Aideed's south

16 Dec 1996 description

Fighting has engulfed the Somali capital, Mogadishu after a mortar shell killed 13 people and wounded 29 at the sprawling Bakaraha market.

North Mogadishu strongman, Ali Mahdi Mohamed, sent his militiamen to fire artillery shells across the truce line.

Analysts fear it's the beginning of a long battle to control the city, divided into enclaves ruled by rival warlords.

05 Dec 1996 description

This report has been prepared by the office of the United Nations Development Programme and Resident Representative for Somalia
If you have any queries or would like to receive more information on the situation in Somalia, please contact the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) in Geneva or New York.