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01 Oct 2014 description

“A courageous decision”, said Father David Holdcroft, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) South Africa based in Johannesburg, to MISNA in commenting an appeal filed in Pretoria’s supreme court by Ethiopian and Somali refugees and asylum seekers, whose right to work as traders in the country.

Why is the decision to turn to the high court and ruling so important?

28 May 2014 description

L’attentat suicide advenu samedi dernier dans un restaurant de Djibouti très fréquenté par les étrangers et soldé par trois morts et une vingtaine de blessés a été revendiqué par le mouvement rebelle somalien d’al Shabaab.

13 May 2014 description

The number of boat people entering Indonesia is continuing to rise every year. The continuing flow arrives in the immense South-East Asian archipelago as a gateway toward their final destination, Australia’s coasts, despite the harsh policies adopted in regard at the end of last year by Canberra.

04 Oct 2012 description

Around a hundred arrests were carried out in the coastal city of Kismayo, in southern Somalia, because suspected of ties to the al Shabab insurgents, reports the Somali media. The arrests are part of an army “sweeping” operation in the port city, for months controlled by the insurgent group.

The situation is however fairly calm in the city. On Tuesday, when Somali and Kenyan troops entered the city, a string of explosions at the airport, port and administrative center left two dead, but since there have been no reports of incidents.

05 Sep 2012 description

“Entire families are fleeing Kismayo. Old people, though mostly women and children, fear being caught between two fires. Everyone knows that the attack by Somali and African forces on the city is imminent”, said MISNA sources from Mogadishu, where attention for the delicate political process underway is in part distracted by battle reports from the southern regions.

Kenyan troops in the past days announced they took back Miido, 86km from the port of Kismayo, a stronghold used as a key source of income by the al Shabab insurgents.

29 Mar 2012 description

The signatories of the ‘road map’ designed to lead Somalia out of the conflict that has lasted twenty years have passed, yesterday in Galkayo, amendments to the program established during the meeting in Garowe several weeks ago. Among the changes that were approved are an acceleration of the process for the creation of a Constituent Assembly, based on clan representation formula 4.5. The assembly charged with drafting the new Basic Law of the State, will consist of 825 members rather than the thousand, as determined from previous meeting.

14 Mar 2012 description

The Ethiopian government will provide electricity to the entire region of Somaliland in northern Somalia, the self-proclaimed independent government in Mogadishu as announced by the Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), noting that its engineers are already working on a power line linking the border towns of Wuchale and Togo.

07 Mar 2012 description

“The Ogaden is a ghost, a black hole that no one writes and no one speaks about. The pro-government militias have been committing abuses and violence against the population in the indifference and ignorance of world public opinion for years since the territory is off limits to humanitarian aid workers and journalists,” said Gürhan Ahmed, a member of the National Front for the Liberation Ogaden (ONLF), to MISNA describing the situation in the Somali-majority region.

07 Feb 2012 description

A broad operation to clear of government buildings, occupied by homeless and displaced persons has been underway for two days in Mogadishu. The initiative led by the police but financed by Turkey, will thus allow for the opening of 90 schools ”to teach children and adults to read and write,” as said President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed during a speech in the neighborhood which focuses the displacement of illegal residents.

29 Jul 2011 description

“The current crisis is the result of many problems, passing in and out of Somalia, since too many years ago” said Nur Hassan Hussein ‘Adde’ former Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the current ambassador to Italy who spoke to MISNA at the Somali diplomatic mission Rome.

Images of starving children, appeals to donor countries, airlifts to deliver aid to the starving population while aid workers say that this is an emergency that could have been avoided. How did we get to this point?

22 Mar 2011 description

March 22, 2011 - 15:16

Violent fighting and shellings overnight in the Somali capital Mogadishu between government forces, backed by African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM), and al Shabab insurgents left at least 15 dead, for the most part civilians.

According to local radios, the clashes erupted after insurgents attacked military posts near the main Bakara market, closed for weeks due to the violence.

28 Jan 2011 description

Dozens of Somali migrants fleeing their country reportedly died in the past 24 hours in the Red Sea between war-torn Somalia and Yemen. According to the Somali Radio Shabelle, Abdulkadir Mohammed Ali, a Somali refugee in Yemen, the boats sailed from the coasts of Somalia's semi-autonomous state of Puntland and the Djibouti coast. Some of the migrants survived, managing to reach the Yemeni coasts. At least 43 African migrants died in early January crossing the perilous Gulf of Aden.

03 Jan 2011 description

It is of twenty dead the toll of the fighting that occurred in Mogadishu in the past few days. So say several local sources including the website 'Maareg'. According to the latter, 15 persons were killed during the New Year's eve while three others were killed on January 1st. To complete the picture of a situation that day by day becomes more unsustainable, especially for the civilian population, are the feats of force and the bellicose statements being proffered by various sides.

29 Dec 2010 description

For the second night in a row there was intense fighting in Mogadishu said local media, noting that the African Union (AMISOM) backed government troops engaged insurgents between Tuesday and Wednesday. The fighting mostly affected the areas of Abdul Azeez, Bondher, Hodan and Howlwadag in northern and southern Mogadishu. The local media reports that at least three civilians were killed, while the Somali government claims to have killed 18 Shabab insurgents.

28 Dec 2010 description

At least five people were killed and ten injured in a series of attacks by insurgents against bases set up by the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) in Mogadishu. According to local sources, last night's attacks were the most "violent" in days and the tolls are still preliminary. The heavy fighting continued into the night, keeping the population awake and "colouring the sky red", as a witness told the Somali Radio Shabelle. The northern areas of Mogadishu, particularly the Hotel Jubba and Bondhere neighbourhood, were theatre to the heaviest fighting.

06 Dec 2010 description

Hundreds of foreigners have been arrested after a massive police operation conducted in the outskirts of Nairobi during the night, continuing until the early hours of the day. Local media said that the police entered some of the Nairobi suburbs - Eastleigh, Pangani and 'South C' - arresting, according to an official account, at least 346 foreign nationals who were charged with illegally entering the country. Some sources, however, said that the number of those arrested is actually much higher. Most of those arrested are Somalis, though there are also dozens of Ethiopians.

02 Dec 2010 description

Clashes left at least 9 dead and 35 wounded over the past 24 hours in the Somali capital Mogadishu. At least another three people were killed and five wounded also in Bur-hakaba, in the southern Bay region. The tolls, reported by the Somali media, are preliminary. The fighting erupted between government forces, backed by African Union peacekeeping troops, and insurgents. Burundi in the past days deployed an additional 850 soldiers in reinforcement of the AU mission, which with only contributions from Uganda and Burundi counts a mere 8,000.

26 Nov 2010 description

The conditions of civilians recovering in hospitals is "dramatic" and their conditions, because of the lack of medicine and medical equipment "is a serious cause of concern", said Mohammed Yousuf, director of the Medina hospital in Mogadishu, one of the largest in Somalia. He noted that "at the current state, there are about 150 civilians that have been badly wounded and who need cures and medicines and the situation of care facilities throughout the city is collapsing".

12 Nov 2010 description

A new arm wrestling bout inside the parliament in Mogadishu is delaying the nomination of the new Federal Transitional Government, the composition of which has been entrusted to prime minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed aka 'el-Farmajo'. According to the local radio stations, some MP's have revolted against the president of the Assembly, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, accused of displaying "anti-constitutional behavior" and of preventing, with the support of an entire parliamentary wing, the nomination of the new executive.

27 Oct 2010 description

More than 120 women coming from the various regions of the country and other countries that are home to several communities of the Somali Diaspora, have come together in Garowe, 'capital' of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland for what is the first conference "on the Role of Somali Women for Peace and Dialogue in the Country".