Police: 48 killed in terror attack on Kenya town

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Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed, officials said Monday. The assault began around 8 p.m. local time on Sunday night as town residents were watching […]

David Angell To Be Appointed Canada’s Ambassador To Somalia

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today accepted the credentials of the new Canadian ambassador to Somalia, Mr David Angel. The Ambassador thanked the President for accepting his credentials and he promised to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. He also conveyed a personal message from Prime Minister of Canada, Mr Stephen Harper. President Hasan […]

Leadership on Health in the Horn of Africa is essential

The issue of health and well-being sadly comes along way down the list of priorities for governments and people in the Horn of Africa.  For many people merely surviving from day to day is the top priority and this means endeavouring to find the bare essentials of life, namely food, shelter, fuel and the means […]

Malnutrition grips Somalia again

At the Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, young children lie everywhere. Malnutrition has once again gripped the Horn of African country, three years after it suffered its worst famine in six decades. The United Nations says that 200,000 Somali children could die before the end of the year. It further notes that some 50,000 children under […]

Displaced persons in Eastern Africa fall to 9.6 mln: UN

Some 9.6 million people had been displaced in 12 countries in Eastern Africa by end of March either as refugees or internally displaced persons, the UN humanitarian agency said on Saturday. In its latest report released in Nairobi, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern Africa said this represents a decrease of […]

Yemen, Somalia to sign MoU to regulate fishing

Yemen and Somalia is to sign a memorandum of understanding to regulate fishing in the Somali territorial waters by Yemeni fishermen, Fisheries Minister of Puntland State of Somalia said on Saturday. Upon his arrival in Sana’a, Hasan Mahmoud said that he would hold talks with Yemeni official at the Yemeni Ministry of Fisheries on the […]

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants impose dress code

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants have rounded up around 100 women and ordered them to comply with a strict Islamic dress code or risk being whipped. The women were arrested in Buale, about 300km (185 miles) south-west of the capital, Mogadishu. BBC Somali analyst Mohamed Mohamed says it is rare for al-Shabab to carry out such mass […]

UK sexual violence summit ends on hopeful note

A conference focusing on rape in conflict zones ended on an upbeat note Friday, with hundreds of participants from Somalia to Kosovo encouraged by an outpouring of international support. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told participants it was time to “banish sexual violence to the dark ages and the history books.” “We will not […]

American-Somali relations: What’s in the words?

As a former detractor who has not been a fan of the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward Somalia, it is an overstatement to say that I watched Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s speech on June 3 with certain level of skepticism. Of course, nothing more than that healthy dose necessary in politics […]

UK closes Kenya consulate due to security concerns

Britain on Friday closed its consulate in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, citing security concerns. All consular services have now been transferred to capital Nairobi, according to a Friday press statement issued by the U.K. High Commission. “Following the changes made to our travel advice on Wednesday, May 14, the decision has been made […]