Mogadishu – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, last week (06-07/12) held a technical workshop funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to facilitate the implementation of a new project to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas of Somalia. Held in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia, the three-year project aims to reduce infant and child mortality caused by water borne diseases.
Hargeisa, 10 December 2017. Somaliland authorities are carrying out a “Drought Impact Needs Assessment” (DINA), based on a globally recognized methodology, that is identifying long term solutions to recurrent cycles of drought, which are to be delivered in parallel to life saving humanitarian relief. The DINA is being led by the Somaliland Government and supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).
Mogadishu, Somalia, 12 December 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today supported the Somali Federal Ministry of Health with a shipment of over 32 tons of medicines and medical supplies to be prepositioned in districts of the Banadir region/Mogadishu as well as the districts of Kismayo, Baidoa, Adado, Baladwayne, and Hudur.
WASHINGTON/MOGADISHU — An explosion in the Somali capital killed a television journalist late on Monday, witnesses and security sources say.
Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow was killed in an explosion from a device fitted to his car, a security official told VOA's Somali service. Gabow was a news anchor for Kalsan TV, a satellite television channel watched in many parts of Somalia.
Osman Abdullahi Gure, a television manager at Kalsan TV, said Gabow was traveling in his car in Mogadishu's Wadajir district when the explosion occurred.
By KEVIN J. KELLEY
NEW YORK/UNITED NATIONS
The Kenyan government is disputing allegations in a new United Nations report that its forces were responsible for 40 civilian deaths in Somalia during a 22-month period ending in mid-October.
The report issued on Sunday states that air strikes carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were “allegedly responsible for 42 civilian casualties (36 killed, six injured).”
Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – Somalia’s electoral authorities today launched a five-year roadmap – known as the Strategic Plan – to guide the management and administration of the country’s 2020-2021 elections, also known as the ‘one-person, one-vote’ elections.
Current Nutrition Situation
Widespread acute malnutrition continues to persist across Somalia. Despite the large-scale humanitarian assistance delivered, which saved lives of over one-million acutely malnourished individuals, the projected number of children who are, or who will be acutely malnourished, has increased since the beginning of the year to 1.2 million , including over 231,829 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition (SAM) over the next one-year period of 2018.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 December 2017 – A health conference on public health sector development was launched today by the Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).
Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros towards the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s new Country Programme for Somalia over the period 2017-2020.
In partnership with UNFPA, this generous contribution will support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts in reducing maternal deaths, unmet need for birth spacing, and ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 10 December 2017—The Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today launched a focused 3-day oral polio vaccination campaign targeting 726 699 children under 5 years of age in districts of Banadir and Lower and Middle Shabelle regions.
SOMALIA CONFLICT: EXACTING A TERRIBLE TOLL ON CIVILIANS, AL SHABAAB RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST CIVILIAN CASUALTIES – UN REPORT
Geneva / Mogadishu – Armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, a UN report published on Sunday said.
This is the first attempt by UNSOM to quantify casualties and assess the toll of the conflict on civilians covering the period between 1 January 2016 and 14 October 2017. During this period, ground and air attacks inflicted heavy casualties, caused damage to public and private infrastructure, and loss of livestock and impeded access to humanitarian relief for civilians in need.
A total of 4,585 civilian casualties were recorded
Gelle Moulid Ibrahim stands up for women and girls who are victims of sexual violence, working with communities so that gender-based violations are not perpetuated. He works as a project manager for the Organization for Somalis Protection and Development (OSPAD), which operates in Middle Shabelle, Galgaduud and Banadir regions.
Mogadishu, 8 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has hailed a power-sharing agreement signed on Wednesday, between Galmudug state and the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (AWSJ).
The agreement provides for a position of “Chief of Ministers”, which is an equivalent of the Head of Government, for the President of the Administration of Central Regions (ASWJ), in the Galmudug government.
This report is a record of a Forum event held on 5 November, before the 13 November 2017 election day. Election day itself was largely peaceful, and the international observer mission reported only minor irregularities on election day, including vote buying and violation of secrecy during voting. However, inflammatory and divisive rhetoric, and allegations of rigging by the opposition, led to violent protests both before and after the elections. The incumbent Kulmiye party was declared victorious on 21 November, followed by the opposition’s concession the following day.
Mogadishu, 7 December 2017– The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira congratulates the Federal Government of Somalia for hosting a highly successful Security Conference and Partnership Forum.
The two high-level meetings convened by the Somali President H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo”, were attended by representatives from 25 countries, six multilateral organizations, heads of Somalia’s Federal Member States, and Benadir Regional Administration.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, welcomes the signing of a power-sharing agreement by Galmudug State President Ahmed Duale Ghelle “Xaaf” and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) leader Sheikh Shakir.