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12 Mar 1999 description
report Africa News Service

Nairobi - Ever since President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda referred to child soldiers as 'cannon fodder' upon his ascendancy to power, the conscription of children into the Army has become a controversial issue in the region.

08 Mar 1999 description
report Africa News Service

By Frederick Nzwili

Mogadishu - The initiatives of women in peace processes in war torn countries in Africa have often been disregarded. The prejudices they face every day are significant. But women in Somalia are now setting a new example. AANA Correspondent Frederick Nzwili reports.

Safia Giama cannot hold back her tears anymore. Days before the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, nine people were brutally murdered, in a prison hut in Southern Somalia. Among them was Abdirizak Hirsi Dheere, a 58-year-old bank worker and trade unionist. He was Safia's uncle.

22 Feb 1999 description
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NAIROBI (AANA) - Somali women, seeking permanent solution to civil hostilities in their homeland, have appealed to leaders of rival clans to move towards resumption of peace and a unifying leadership.

In their new initiative, the women have admonished defiant leaders saying those who continued the hostilities in the south were disregarding the nationwide quest for peace.

During a symbolic ceremony here on February 16,Somali women representatives launched a " a vigil of peace " in remembrance of victims of the civil war.

The event will be observed on the same date of each …

09 Feb 1999 description
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Kampala - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has registered 188,000 refugees in Uganda, country representative, Johannes Thoolen, has said.