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11 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:00 GMT

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Horn of Africa is becoming drier in step with global warming, researchers said on Friday, contradicting some climate models predicting rainier weather patterns in a region that has suffered frequent food crises linked to drought.

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16 Apr 2015 description
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  • Unaccompanied minors increase along with boat migrants
  • Demographics, poverty, political instability fuel migration
  • Italy seeks structural solution to shelters for minors

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20 Nov 2014 description
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Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Nov 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is "rotten" and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said.

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01 Aug 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:17 GMT
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Kenyan human rights group has taken legal action against the government, accusing it of separating 300 children from their parents who were arrested and taken to refugee camps four months ago.

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13 May 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 12 May 2014 02:32 PM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young children are being left behind in Kenya while their parents are deported or sent to camps, rights groups said, as police have rounded up thousands of immigrants in an anti-terrorist operation.

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08 Apr 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 7 Apr 2014 04:25 PM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations has yet to access more than 1,000 Somalis who have been arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in Nairobi, the majority held in a stadium that some have dubbed a “concentration camp”.

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01 May 2013 description
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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:02 PM

Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Although suicide bombings and shootings continue in the Somali capital, the United Nations plans to triple its international presence in Mogadishu by July to stem corruption in aid projects managed from outside the country and so it can access new areas.

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23 Jan 2013 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Kenyan government plans to round up urban refugees and transport them to camps are illegal and have led to a surge in xenophobic attacks, rights groups said on Tuesday.

Previously, refugees who could support themselves or were in need of specialised education or medical care were allowed to live in urban areas.

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18 Dec 2012 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Ali, a Somali refugee living in Uganda's capital Kampala, has a thriving mini-supermarket selling rice, canned food, ice cream and soap among other items, while Martin, a Congolese refugee, runs a busy tailor’s shop.

The two men are lucky because Uganda allows refugees to work as part of a “self-reliance” strategy based on the simple logic that this is better for the host nation’s economy than putting them into camps where they have to rely on aid handouts.

17 Oct 2012 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) - Governments should take a more radical approach to helping the tens of millions of people uprooted by conflicts and disasters, including granting new forms of citizenship, the Red Cross and Red Crescent says.

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01 Oct 2012 description
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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15 GMT
Source: Alertnet // Laurie Goering

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says.

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01 Aug 2012 description
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By Kagondu Njagi

NORTH HORR, Kenya (AlertNet) – One of the most effective ways to deal with growing conflict in northern Kenya may be to address the environmental failings that help drive it, says a pastoralist development expert.

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12 Jul 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Somalis living in the world’s largest refugee camp risk being recruited by armed groups and bandits as children grow up without education in increasingly desperate conditions, eight aid agencies said on Thursday.

Kenya’s overcrowded Dadaab camp, whose population swelled to 465,000 as a result of last year’s famine in war-torn Somalia, has been hit by a wave of bomb blasts and grenade attacks.

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19 Jun 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Six months ago, the Afgoye corridor in Somalia had two terrible tags.

It was the world’s largest settlement of internally displaced people (IDPs), home to 400,000 Somalis who had fled incessant violence in their war-devastated capital, Mogadishu.

Secondly, it was in the grip of a devastating famine as the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents who ruled it refused to allow international aid agencies in.

Today, its population has fallen by two-thirds and it looks set to become a satellite for labourers working in Mogadishu.

30 May 2012 description
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Somalia’s main rainy season has been below average, initial findings show, but the country is unlikely to slip back into famine this year, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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14 May 2012 description
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NAIROBI (AlertNet) – The number of displaced people in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, has not fallen despite the end of famine in the country.

There are about 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in camps scattered across the city.

Most of the new arrivals fled the Afgoye corridor -- located 40 kilometres (24.9 miles) outside Mogadishu -- in February, out of fear of an impending attack by African Union troops on the area, which is controlled by al Shabaab militants.

02 May 2012 description
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By Cathy Herholt

Before the drought, Mohammad and his family would have been considered wealthy in their hometown near Kismayo, in southern Somalia. They had a farm and livestock, including 150 cattle and 60 goats. But as the months turned into years with no rain, their animals started to die. Some villages hadn’t seen rain in four years.

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19 Mar 2012 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) – Somalis fleeing drought and persecution are living in terrible conditions on the outskirts of Kenya’s massive Dadaab refugee camp, following the government’s decision to stop registering new arrivals, a rights group says.

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24 Feb 2012 description
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By Rebekah Curtis

LONDON (AlertNet) – Remittances from Somalia’s diaspora account for about a fifth of household income in the war-torn country.

But insecurity due to two decades of conflict and strict U.S. laws designed to prevent funds reaching U.S.-designated terrorist groups have made it harder for many to send money home.

21 Feb 2012 description
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NAIROBI (AlertNet) - The word "famine" is politically charged, and rarely used – at least by government officials and aid professionals.

No government likes to hear it connection with its country. Neither do international donors, because the f-word implies a collective failure to prevent a huge humanitarian crisis.

Yet, just months after famine was declared in Somalia, some media reports are already warning of potential famines in Sudan and the Sahel.