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05 Apr 2012 description
report The Guardian

Years of warfare in Mogadishu have taken a toll on the mental health of many citzens, but appropriate care facilities are limited

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27 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

Somali prime minister says his country will give west a share of natural resources in return for help with task of reconstruction

They expect the oil to flow within weeks. Coming from two miles underground, the crude should reach the arid plains of Puntland in the north-east corner of Somalia by April.

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22 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

As the world wonders how to put Somalia on an even keel, there are warnings that outside interference could make things worse

Read the full article in the Guardian.

22 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

The UN formally declared famine 20 July 2011. We used data on aid, media coverage and public engagement to explore how the world reacted

Read the full article in the Guardian.

21 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

London is hosting a conference on Somalia, and with wars and droughts taking lives it is vital policies prioritise the vulnerable

Read the full article by Mary Robinson in the Guardian.

21 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

Remittances of up to $2bn a year from Somalis living abroad would suggest the diaspora is crucial to the country's survival

Read the full post by Laura Hammond in the Guardian's Poverty Matter Blog.

02 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

Matt Baugh will remain based in Nairobi, Kenya, until security situation improves in Somalia

Read the full story in the Guardian.

30 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

Confidence is slowly returning to the capital, Mogadishu, but aid is still scarce and al-Shabaab reign over much of the country

Read the full article in the Guardian.

30 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

From the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, we must learn to be honest about the nature of a fundamentally flawed global food system

Drought and famine are not extreme events. They are not anomalies. They are merely the sharp end of a global food system that is built on inequality, imbalances and – ultimately – fragility. And they are the regular upshot of a climate that is increasingly hostile and problematic for food production across huge swathes of the developing world.

16 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

Mark Bowden, who leads the UN relief efforts in Somalia, says many people remain in a precarious position and would need assistance on a regular basis

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05 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

Banks in Minnesota – fearing prosecution under anti-terror legislation – end money transfers from American Somalis to families in Somalia, despite humanitarian crisis

Read the full article in the Guardian.

28 Dec 2011 description
report The Guardian

The government is reopening schools in areas of Mogadishu formerly controlled by the al-Shabaab militia, but most students have not yet returned

By Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar, for IPS, part of the Guardian development network

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13 Dec 2011 description
report The Guardian

Countries such as Brazil and Bolivia emerge as providers of humanitarian relief

Claire Provost

21 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Pascal Lamy

Increasing agricultural productivity in Africa and removing trade restrictions are our best hope for feeding the planet

If we are to succeed in alleviating poverty and providing the necessary framework for sustainable development on our planet, there is no more pressing need than ensuring the supply of affordable food for our people. Not only have we failed to adequately address the issue of food security, but the situation threatens to take a turn for the worse in the near future.

14 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Al-Shabaab insurgents claim blast caused by missile strike on one of their bases in Afgoye

Scores of people have fled the Somali town of Afgoye after a massive explosion which al-Shabaab insurgents said was caused by a missile strike on one of their bases.

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02 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Women and children, most fleeing drought and conflict in Somalia, are being trafficked into Kenya and sold into prostitution or forced labour

Amina Shakir (not her real name) fled the drought and famine in Somalia for a better life in Kenya. But she did so illegally, placing her faith in the hands of a criminal network headed by Mukhalis, or agents in Swahili. In the end her faith was misplaced as she was "sold" into employment upon finally reaching Kenya.

01 Nov 2011 description
report The Guardian

Unit arrives at camp as FBI reports up to 30 US nationals have joined al-Shabaab militant group, linked to al-Qaida

Al-Qaida operatives are moving into the humanitarian vacuum in Somalia, distributing aid and cash to drought victims in an attempt to win hearts and minds, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

Read the full report and watch the video on the Guardian.

27 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Clashes between Kenyan troops and al-Shabaab threaten to further complicate difficulties surrounding humanitarian access

One hundred days since famine was declared, relief groups fear that rising military tension will jeopardise aid efforts in central and southern Somalia, where humanitarian access is already difficult.

Those areas remain under the control of al-Shabaab, the Islamist insurgents, who have restricted access to those affected by famine because they view western aid agencies with suspicion.

24 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

The former Irish president, who has returned to Somalia after 19 years, says humanitarian aid must be linked to education and healthcare, including contraception for women

Mary Robinson went to Somalia as Ireland's president in October 1992. She went again in July this year. It wasn't good in 1992. "What struck me this time," she told me, "is that on every count, things were worse."

20 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Sarah Boseley's global health blog

Former Irish president Mary Robinson, returning to Somalia after 19 years, says we made the mistake of almost abandoning the country, and must link humanitarian aid to education and healthcare, including contraception for its women

Mary Robinson went to Somalia as Irish president in October 1992. She went again in July this year. It wasn't good in 1992. "What struck me this time," she told me, "is that on every count, things were worse."