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06 Aug 2013 description
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By NICHOLAS KULISH

NAIROBI, Kenya — Compared with the trillions of dollars flowing through the international financial system every day, the estimated $1.3 billion sent each year from small storefronts in Somali neighborhoods in places like London and Minneapolis to families back home in the Horn of Africa is a mere droplet.

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04 Sep 2012 description
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GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo — In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. Twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.

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04 Apr 2012 description
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Up until a few weeks ago, all visitors who landed at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu were handed a poorly copied, barely readable sheet that asked for name, address — and caliber of weapon.

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23 Jan 2012 description
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By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Government and African Union forces began a heavy offensive early on Friday against insurgent strongholds on the outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu, trying to drive the Islamic militants they have long battled out of the city, officials and witnesses said.

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28 Dec 2011 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of her hut and saw her best friend buried in the sand, up to her neck.

Her friend had made the mistake of refusing to marry a Shabab commander. Now she was about to get her head bashed in, rock by rock.

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02 Nov 2011 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

17 Oct 2011 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al Qaeda is not known for its philanthropic activities, but this weekend in Somalia the terrorist group appears to have branched into a new business: distributing humanitarian aid.

In a surreal scene, a man with a scarf twisted over his face stood in the middle of a camp full of starving people and announced that he had come to Somalia on behalf of Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s leader, and that Al Qaeda was eager to help famine victims.

16 Sep 2011 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Published: September 15, 2011

DOLO, Somalia — Is the world about to watch 750,000 Somalis starve to death? The United Nations’ warnings could not be clearer. A drought-induced famine is steadily creeping across Somalia and tens of thousands of people have already died. The Islamist militant group the Shabab is blocking most aid agencies from accessing the areas it controls, and in the next few months three-quarters of a million people could run out of food, United Nations officials say.

08 Sep 2011 description
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By TINA ROSENBERG

Somalia is now suffering its worst drought in 60 years. A quarter of the population has fled famine and conflict, heading west into Kenya. More than 1,300 people a day stream into the complex of refugee camps at Dadaab, Kenya, which is now housing more than 430,000 people in camps designed for 90,000. Many Somalis arrive near death after journeys of weeks with little food. Large numbers of them are children, often without parents.

02 Aug 2011 description
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By STEPHANIE STROM Published: August 1, 2011

For better or worse, relief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises like the famine in east Africa.

The Center on Philanthropy estimates that American nonprofit aid groups received $1.9 billion in cash and in-kind gifts after the Asian tsunami of 2004, and $1.4 billion during the year after the earthquake that decimated Haiti in January 2010.

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11 Nov 2010 description
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By JOSH KRON

Published: November 11, 2010

DADAAB, Kenya - When Abdullahi Salat came here as a young boy in 1991, fleeing civil war in his homeland, Somalia, little more than shrubs and a few tents dotted the landscape. The woman working for the United Nations who greeted him at this safe haven, then nearly empty, showed him to his own tent and sprinkled a handful of seeds into his palm.

" 'Plant them,' " Mr. Salat, now 29, remembered the aid worker telling him.

15 Oct 2010 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

Published: October 15, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya - Fighting broke out in central Somalia on Friday between two moderate Islamist militias that the United States and others had been counting on, as part of a new strategy, to stave off the Shabab, the nation's most powerful insurgents.

15 Sep 2010 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Published: September 15, 2010

WISIL, Somalia - The wind howls here, lifting off the desert, roaring into town, gathering force as it squeezes between the metal shacks along Wisil's main drag and blasts into people's faces.

Spectral figures tramp by, their faces wrapped in checkered scarves to keep the sand out of their eyes and prevent it from burning the backs of their throats.

13 Jun 2010 description
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By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Published: June 13, 2010

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Awil Salah Osman prowls the streets of this shattered city, looking like so many other boys, with ripped-up clothes, thin limbs and eyes eager for attention and affection.

But Awil is different in two notable ways: he is shouldering a fully automatic, fully loaded Kalashnikov assault rifle; and he is working for a military that is substantially armed and financed by the United States.

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26 Apr 2010 description
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By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

Published: April 26, 2010

Pirates based in the notorious pirate town of Xarardheere evacuated after Islamist insurgents took over a nearby coastal town late last week, officials and residents there said Monday. Residents said the pirates had all left and the town was now quiet.

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18 Apr 2010 description
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By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

Published: April 18, 2010

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Radio stations in the capital of this near-anarchical country, still scrambling to comply with an Islamist ultimatum to stop playing music, were jerked in the other direction on Sunday when the government said that all broadcasters who had heeded that ultimatum faced closing.

The competing warnings to the radio stations, a broader reflection of the prolonged struggle over who is in charge in Somalia, clearly touched a nerve of exasperation among the handful of independent journalists who have continued to work here …

08 Sep 1996 description
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By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

OGADISHU, Somalia -- Ethiopian troops, tanks and helicopter gunships have crossed the border into western Somalia and attacked three towns, killing scores of people, a Somali Muslim fundamentalist faction charged Friday.