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20 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Since the early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have used this road to escape the fighting and find refuge in Dadaab, which today hosts 209,606 refugees.

  • Dadaab has 22 primary and six secondary schools, 22 early childhood education centres and nine alternative basic education centres.

  • It is easier for boys to remain in school than it is for girls. For instance, when girls start menstruating, many opt to drop out even though some schools offer sanitary pads.

19 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

From the sky, the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County looks like a tuft of green hair in the balding savannah that is the northern part of Kenya.

Sporadic clouds throw black splotches that look like burn scars on the pale peach-hued earth. To the sympathetic eye, the camp looks like an oasis in the middle of the parched land that stretches to the Kenya-Somalia border where terrorism has interrupted the rhythm of life.

16 Sep 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NG'ANG'A MBUGUA

The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty.

Inside the camp, where tin and mud-walled houses are shielded from the wind by dry twig fences, the road narrows as it winds its way to the block E6 dispensary in the heart of the camp.

This is the first day of the round one vaccination campaign against polio in 12 high-risk counties, including Garissa.

The latest round targets children under five years, who will get the bivalent oral polio vaccine.

11 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Alexander N Hasenstab PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth

A recently published fact sheet offers an alarming overview of recent trends of violence against aid workers.

10 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

Officials in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, say a car bomb has hit a district headquarters, killing at least six people and injuring 16.

The blast targeted the headquarters of Hodan district in Mogadishu. Witnesses said the explosion Monday caused massive destruction to the building.

"The blast was huge," police officer Ibrahim Mohamed, told the French news agency, AFP.

The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility via their affiliate social media accounts.

02 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

Harun Maruf

Witnesses in the Somali capital say a car bomb exploded near a compound in Mogadishu’s Hawlwadag district Sunday.

Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Aden of Mogadishu ambulance services told VOA it recorded one fatality, with 14 wounded people including six children following the suicide car bombing. Somali government sources say at least three people were killed.

The compound was used as the headquarters of the district, located in the center of the city.

01 Aug 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohamed Olad Hassan

Financial troubles, staffing shortages and high demand threaten to halt the only free private ambulance service in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

"We have been providing this voluntary service for 12 years with the help of friends and other generous individuals in private business, but now the responsibility is greater than our power," said Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adam, a dentist who founded Aamin Ambulance. He cited a staffing shortage and an inability to cover costs.

31 Jul 2018 description

BERBERA, 31st July, 2018 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has concluded its third relief operation in Somalia's Berbera region, distributing food aid packages to 10,000 families affected by the drought.

21 Jul 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Trump administration to allow some 500 Somali immigrants to remain in the US for at least another 18 months.

  • Washington said it arrived at the decision considering the "ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions" in Somalia.

  • Somalis in the US were first deemed eligible for the special status in 1991 when their country erupted into civil war.

By KEVIN J KELLEY

14 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

At least six people have been killed — including five of the attackers — in two assaults Saturday near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, witnesses said.

According to those on the scene, a speeding car exploded at a security check point near Peace Garden, a public park, followed by heavy gunfire between gunmen and security forces.

Reports say the security forces engaged with the gunmen and repulsed the attack on their check point.

The initial reports say six people, including a government soldier and five attackers, were killed in the attack.

05 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

At least 15 people were killed in central Somalia when villagers clashed with Al-Shabab militants trying to recruit their children as fighters.

According to local sources, 10 militants and five villagers died in the fighting in Aad village, in the central Galmudug administration.

A villager who requested anonymity told VOA's Somali Service that the militants met with local elders two days ago and sought help with the recruitment. "The fighting came after they demanded that we provide young children to fight alongside them," he said.

01 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

Harun Maruf

At least five civilians were killed and more than 10 others wounded after al-Shabab militants fired mortars in a residential areas of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Security Ministry Spokesman Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim confirmed to VOA Somali the casualties were the results of a mortar attack.

Security experts in Mogadishu told VOA Somali three 60mm mortars landed near mid-day in a civilian neighborhood in Wadajir district near the headquarters of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at Mogadishu airport.

01 Jul 2018 description

PUNTLAND, Somalia,1st July, 2018 (WAM) -- Teams from the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation have begun the distribution of emergency relief assistance to Somali families in villages in Puntland State, northeastern Somalia, as part of phase two of a campaign launched to assist those ravaged by drought in the region. 900 tonnes of food aid is being delivered to help recipients endure the hardships caused by the drought that has plagued their land and harmed farms and livestock.

25 Jun 2018 description

JUBALAND, Somalia, 25th June, 2018 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed 824 tonnes of food items to 6,000 families - around 30,000 people - in the drought-stricken area of Jubaland in Somalia.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By International Organization for Migration

Somalia, Jun 20 2018 (IOM) - As the sun begins to rise, 150 migrants welcome their first morning on Somalia’s soil in, what is for some, years and, others, months. Disembarking an IOM, UN Migration Agency, charter flight from Libya, at the end of May 2018 is the final haul of a long and hard journey. It is not the end that they had expected when they had first set out from Somalia. It isn’t Europe but it is home and it is safe.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • Head of operations at UNHCR Dadaab camp Jean Bosco Rushatsi said nobody is putting pressure on the refugees to go back home.

  • So far, a total of 80,144 refugees have been assisted to go back to Somalia from Kenya on a voluntary basis.

  • Officials in Dadaab have recorded a slower repatriation process for the last one year.

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR

18 Jun 2018 description
report Khaosod English

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter

BANGKOK — A tiny room is bedroom, living room, kitchen and storage combined. At the end of a stained bedsheet, an old CRT television lies on the floor. Above worn wooden cabinets are three large suitcases piled up to the ceiling. Water bottles, utensils and kitchenware are stacked on a low, plastic table.

15 Jun 2018 description

DHALA, 15th June, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent distributed on Thursday 600 iftar meals to Somali refugees in Dhala, Yemen.

The food aid distribution is in line with the month-long Ramadan Mir campaign, as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

WAM/Nour Salman

11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.