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21 Jul 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Trump administration to allow some 500 Somali immigrants to remain in the US for at least another 18 months.

  • Washington said it arrived at the decision considering the "ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions" in Somalia.

  • Somalis in the US were first deemed eligible for the special status in 1991 when their country erupted into civil war.

By KEVIN J KELLEY

13 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

Government, warlords and Al Shabaab continue to draft the young ones, some aged below 10, into a war they know nothing about.

The intricacy of this conflict is that although Al Shabaab is the biggest threat, it is by no means the only enemy. Often, because each clan recruits and controls its own militia, this breeds inter-clan clashes.

At the start of 2017, the UN released verified numbers of child soldiers in the Somali conflict, which stood at 6,163 recruited between 2010 and 2016.

By JULIUS BARIGABA

03 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

By Abdulkadir Khalif

  • The Amisom peacekeepers have been cooperating with the Somali National Army to offer humanitarian help
  • Shabelle is one of the two rivers passing through the central and southern regions of Somalia
  • Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guleid stated that his government had set aside $1 million to help the displaced people

Djiboutian peacekeepers in Central Somalia have confirmed evacuating at least 10,000 residents to higher grounds from the flooded Beledweyne town centre.

30 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By ABDULKADIR KHALIF

The peacekeepers serving with the African Union Missions in Somalia (Amisom) have joined the efforts to assist victims of massive flooding in the country.

The Djibouti and Ethiopian peacekeepers and the Somali National Army (SNA) were helping in delivering food and relocating hundreds of people to safer grounds.

The Shabelle, one of the two rivers passing through Somalia’s central and southern regions has burst its banks at several points, affecting thousands of people.

Higher grounds

01 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Five countries hosting Somali refugees asked to speed up legislation to allow free movement, education and employment for the refugees.
- Despite efforts by the Somalia government to create a conducive environment for voluntary return supported by the international donors, the security situation has not improved forcing these countries to accommodate considerable number of returnees.

By Fred Oluoch

26 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti and Yemen — home to about 900,000 Somali refugees — are still struggling to ease movement of refugees, integrate them into national development programmes and give them access to services and jobs.

This is mainly because international partners that support the Nairobi Action Plan created in March last year, are constrained by funding other programmes elsewhere, among them security and environmental degradation.

03 Jan 2018 description
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By Fred Oluoch

Aden Abdiraman Warsama, a Somali refugee who has been living at the Dadaab camp in Garissa County in northeastern Kenya since 2008, is optimistic about returning home.

We met him on December 19 at the county airstrip with his wife and three children waiting to be flown to the port city of Kismayu under a voluntary repatriation programme.

The media had accompanied the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi to the Dadaab refugee complex. Mr Warsama was among some 20 families and 80 individuals being airlifted to Somalia.

04 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

A severe drought has claimed the lives of at least nine people in Somalia's Galkayo District, media reported.

The state broadcaster, Mogadishu Radio, quoted Galkayo Mayor Hersi Yusuf Bare giving the statistics while warning that the situation could get worse.

“The destitute people I met at Harhaar pastoral land are deeply susceptible to the effects of the famine generated by the severe drought,” said Mr Bare.

“So far, nine people have died in the areas visited, a sign that many more were vulnerable,” he added.

31 Aug 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By Fred Oluoch

Kenya will have to wait to reduce the number of refugees it hosts as its voluntary repatriation and closure of camps plan has run into challenges.

Lack of resources, insecurity in Somalia and opposition by human rights groups have forced Kenya to hold its horses.

In July, for example, only 3,248 refugees — out of 241,355 —took advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme. A total of 28,924 refugees have returned to Somalia this year.

03 Jul 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By ANDUALEM SISAY in Addis Ababa

The ongoing drought in the Horn and southern African countries and armyworms invasion, pose a major food security threat to the continent, official said.

The African Union Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Mrs Josefa Sacko, said armyworms affected maize production in close to half of the African countries, especially those already under stress due to the recent droughts in the Horn and southern Africa.

25 Nov 2016 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • The refugees say their biggest fear is harassment by the Kenyan security forces meant to force them out, but the Kenya government insists that the return is voluntary and nobody will be repatriated against their will.
  • Only 24,504 refugees have been repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab since the operation started in December 2014.
  • An estimated 276,269 Somalia refugees remain in the Dadaab’s five camps of Hagadera, Kambioos, Ifo, Ifo2 and Dagahaley.

By FRED OLUOCH

16 Nov 2016 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • The camp was now home to about 250,000 people, according to official figures but UN officials put the figure at about 350,000 at the start of the year.
  • More than half a million people lived there a few years ago.

Kenya said on Wednesday it had to agreed to delay the closure of a teeming Somali refugee camp that it sees as a security risk, after international pressure to give residents more time to find new homes.

08 Aug 2016 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • The National Leadership Forum, made up of the president, the prime minister, leaders of federal regions and clan elders — met in Mogadishu from August 2-4 to receive a new election timetable from the new Electoral Commission, which was appointed on June 15, and review the budget for elections.

  • Somalia experts say that given the many preparatory measures that are required for credible electioneering, the polls could be delayed by several weeks, if not months.

28 Jan 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By HENRY OWUOR

In Summary

  • The Burundi issue will dominate agenda as heads of state decide whether to allow the deployment of 5,000 troops in Burundi by the AU.

The 26th African Union (AU) summit is heavily loaded with agenda items.

One of the burning issues is whether the Heads of State who arrive here later this week will authorise the deployment of an armed force in the troubled central African country of Burundi.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

21 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Signed in 2013, the tripartite pact between the two countries and the UN agency expires in September 2016. Both UNHCR and Somalia have argued this agreement should provide the guideline for voluntary repatriation.

The Kenyan government has agreed to form a tripartite commission that will be charged with overseeing the repatriation of Somali refugees at the Dadaab Camp.

20 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By JEFF OTIENO

In Summary

What is normal rainfall?

•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

01 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.