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05 Nov 2018 description
report The Guardian

By Jason Burke, Africa Correspondent, and Abdalle Ahmed Mumin in Mogadishu

Drownings, disease and abuse fail to deter on route supposed to be safer option from east Africa

When the boat’s engines stopped, the beatings began. The smugglers tried to keep order by hitting the panicking passengers with rifle butts and their fists. It was night, and the Yemeni coast was invisible, though only a few hundred metres away across a choppy sea.

17 May 2018 description
report The Guardian

By Moulid Hujale

In a land where sexual predators are emboldened by a weak legal system and the stigma that reporting assaults brings, justice is elusive for young victims

When Anab’s madrasa teacher in Mogadishu told her to stay behind after classes, everyone but her two younger brothers left. He ordered the boys to face the wall, then assaulted their six-year-old sister.

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26 Mar 2018 description
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From Britain to Canada, people who have spent decades away are bringing their skills to rebuild their country

12 Jan 2018 description
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Activists welcome initial approval of law designed to curb rising sexual violence, but warn scope and implementation could prove problematic.

Somaliland has introduced a bill outlawing rape, the first piece of legislation to address gender-based violence in the self-declared state.

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04 Sep 2017 description
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So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

27 Jul 2017 description
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Jason Burke, Africa correspondent

Fears of widespread famine as people in extremist-controlled areas are threatened with death if they contact aid agencies

Islamist militants in Somalia have imposed a ban on humanitarian assistance in areas they control, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to choose between death from starvation and disease or brutal punishment.

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24 Jul 2017 description
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South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society

David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.

25 May 2017 description
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Failure to recognise Somaliland’s independence means aid that could save lives of people hit by drought and cholera is too slow to arrive, says foreign minister

Patrick Wintour
Wednesday 24 May 2017 12.57 BST

Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.

26 Apr 2017 description
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Fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders those trying to provide humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants

Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency assistance to millions of people facing starvation and fatal diseases in drought-hit Somalia.

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21 Apr 2017 description
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Jason Burke reports from Baidoa in Somalia, where more than 6 million people need assistance after two years without rain

There is no road to the hundred or so tin-roofed shacks scattered among scrubby trees that make up the village of Erdon, only a dusty track tracing a narrow path for 10 miles through the bush from the central Somalian town of Baidoa.

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20 Apr 2017 description
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Assia Sidibe
Head of government services for west and central Africa at African Risk Capacity

Disaster insurance offers a new model for economic self-sufficiency. In African countries, every $1 invested saves $4.40 in the aftermath of an emergency

Drought is a slow and predictable natural disaster. We know it will happen again, and we know much of its effects are preventable if money is invested at the right time. So why do we wait for people to die from hunger induced by droughts before we start calling for emergency relief money?

10 Apr 2017 description
report The Guardian

Here we are again. Famine is back. Drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and the Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal for east Africa. We are being reminded there is one last chance to stop utter devastation in South Sudan. More and more horror reveals itself as areas are taken back from Boko Haram by the Nigerian army.

Outside Africa, across the Gulf of Aden, we are seeing the little bodies of children wasting away in Yemen.

14 Mar 2017 description
report The Guardian

As UN calls for coordinated global efforts to help Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, humanitarian aid is slow to reach some of those on brink of famine

Ben Quinn in Hargeisa
Tuesday 14 March 2017 09.35 EDT

Sitting silently on a Somali hospital bed with a drip attached to his severely malnourished little body, Saalax Muxumed, nine, is just one face of what the UN says could be the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

07 Mar 2017 description
report The Guardian

By Kevin Watkins

South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are on the brink of catastrophe, thanks to conflict, drought, and a shocking failure in our international response

12 Feb 2017 description
report The Guardian

Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian network

Karen McVeigh and Ben Quinn

Famine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn.

21 Oct 2016 description
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Authorities shutting down Dadaab are repatriating up to 400 people a day despite lack of shelter, clean water or schools

Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016.

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13 May 2016 description
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Neil Marsland

Climate change and the current strong El Niño are creating costly humanitarian crises. But it’s so much cheaper to avert disaster through building resilience

The life of a farmer in Somalia is never easy and, right now, it’s about as hard as it gets. The weather no longer seems to follow recognisable patterns and the El Niño phenomenon is exacerbating the crisis.

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09 May 2016 description
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Emily Troutman

Many refugees prefer not to live in camps, but work restrictions and a lack of monitoring often leave them isolated and struggling to make ends meet

18 Mar 2016 description
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Unusually strong El Niño, coupled with record-high temperatures, has had a catastrophic effect on crops and rainfall across southern and eastern Africa

More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

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02 Feb 2016 description
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Residents of the world’s largest refugee complex are in a precarious position: unable to leave and yet awaiting expulsion

For more than a decade now, Dadaab has held the dubious honour of being the world’s largest refugee camp.

Originally set up back in 1992 as a transit camp for those fleeing a war-torn Somalia, the refugee complex is home to over 350,000 mostly Somali refugees.

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