August 22, 2014 | Morning Headlines.

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Council of ministers attribute Mogadishu’s security improvement to recent disarmament operations

21 Aug – Source: Radio Mogadishu/RBC – 122 words

The Council of ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia today strongly endorsed the continuation of the major security operations in the capital city, Mogadishu to strengthen the security of the capital city and the whole country. In its ordinary meeting this week, the Council of the Ministers attributed that the recently launched disarmament operation in Mogadishu helped the improvement of Mogadishu security. “The meeting of the Council of the Ministers was briefed by the National Security Minister who confirmed the continuation of the operation.” Government Spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli said. “The security improvement seen these days in Mogadishu is the product of the recent disarmament operations.” Mr Abdiweli who spoke to reporters after the cabinet meeting was wrapped on Thursday added.

Key Headlines

  • UN spends millions on security programs for terror-afflicted Somalia without overseeing results study says (Fox News)
  • Council of ministers attribute Mogadishu’s security improvement to recent disarmament operations(Radio Mogadishu/RBC)
  • Somali and AMISOM forces seize Tiyeglow district Bakol region (Bar-kulan)
  • 3 killed in dawn grenade attack on Tanzania minibus (Africa Review)
  • Somalia: Puntland leader appeals for drought aid (Garowe Online)
  • IJA security forces arrest dozens in Kismayo (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Court bars deportation of Ethiopian to Somalia (Capital FM)

SOMALI MEDIA

Council of ministers attribute Mogadishu’s security improvement to recent disarmament operations

21 Aug – Source: Radio Mogadishu/RBC – 122 words

The Council of ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia today strongly endorsed the continuation of the major security operations in the capital city, Mogadishu to strengthen the security of the capital city and the whole country. In its ordinary meeting this week, the Council of the Ministers attributed that the recently launched disarmament operation in Mogadishu helped the improvement of Mogadishu security. “The meeting of the Council of the Ministers was briefed by the National Security Minister who confirmed the continuation of the operation.” Government Spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli said. “The security improvement seen these days in Mogadishu is the product of the recent disarmament operations.” Mr Abdiweli who spoke to reporters after the cabinet meeting was wrapped on Thursday added.


Somali and AMISOM forces seize Tiyeglow district, Bakol region

21 Aug – Source: Bar-kulan – 91 words

Somali government officials in Bakol region have stated that Somali forces along with AMISOM in Somalia troops have seized Tiyeglow district and other nearby villages in Bakol region from al Shabaab. Hudur district commissioner Mohamed Maallim Ahmed confirmed the capture of Tiyeglow to Bar-kulan. He added security forces will continue the fight against al Shabaab militants in other parts of the region. Ahmed said the forces seized the town without resistance from the militant group who left their positions after they heard the news of advancing allied forces towards the area.


Somalia: Puntland leader appeals for drought aid

21 Aug – Source: Garowe Online – 139 words

Puntland Government in northern Somalia has on Thursday appealed for international and domestic assistance as drought continuous to pose humanitarian challenge to nomads and villagers in extreme vicinities along the Indian ocean and worst-hit regions, Garowe Online reports. Shortly after weekly cabinet meet at Puntland State House, President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas announced that severe water shortage and intensifying drought left nearly 350,000 households in Bari, Guardafu, Sanaag, Nugal, karkaar and Mudug regions more destitute. “We declare that more than 350,000 families in drought affected rural and pastoral settlements located in Bari (Qandala, Balidhidin, iskushuban districts), Gardafu, Sanaag(Badhan, Laasqoray), Nugal (Dangorayo, Eyl), Karkaar (Hafun, Rako, Beyla), Mudug (Towfiq, Saho, Jiriban) including those living in urban centres are critically affected by the current drought and are in need of immediate assistance,” read press statement from Puntland Government.


IJA security forces arrest dozens in Kismayo

21 Aug – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 90 words

The security forces of interim administration of Juba have launched heavy security operation in the city. The operation follows landmine explosion aimed at ICRC car in the town earlier on Thursday. Two people on board of the car during the explosion survived unharmed. Unspecified number of people were arrested during the operation as our correspondent in Lower Juba Masud Abdullahi Adan reports. The arrested people were taken to Kismayo police stations for investigations, the security officials say the operations will continue until the security of the town is fully maintained.

REGIONAL MEDIA

3 killed in dawn grenade attack on Tanzania minibus

21 Aug – Source: Africa Review – 108 words

Three people were killed Thursday morning when unknown assailants lobbed an explosive device into the cabin of a short-haul commuter minibus near the north-western Tanzania town of Kigoma. Six passengers, including an infant, were injured in the attack which occurred near the Migongo military base in the district of Buhigwe. Police say the minibus – a Toyota Hiace – was travelling from Kilelema to Kasulu Mjini at dawn when two armed assailants attempted to intercept it.Survivors say as they drove near the village of Migongo, an unidentified man walked into the middle of the road waving a gun in an attempt to force the driver to stop.


Court bars deportation of Ethiopian to Somalia

21 Aug – Source: Capital FM – 122 words

The High Court has barred the Director of Immigration from deporting an Ethiopian national to Somalia. Justice Isaac Lenaola on Thursday issued the prohibiting order after Mohammed Aden Ismail’s wife Shukri Abdihafid applied to the High Court seeking orders to block her husband’s deportation. The court observed that the Immigration Department and the Interior Cabinet Secretary have given sufficient evidence to show why Ismail is being detained at a holding area at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Ismail is an Ethiopian national working in Somalia, but reporting to the European Union based in Kenya. The court heard that Ismail remains detained at the immigration facility at JKIA awaiting orders from the Cabinet Secretary for Interior for deportation without being given a hearing.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

UN spends millions on security programs for terror-afflicted Somalia without overseeing results, study says

21 Aug – Source: Fox News – 141 words

The United Nations Development Program, the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency, spent tens of millions to make terrorism-battered Somalia safer, but never verified that the work was done, or even that its government partners had the capacity to do their jobs,  according to a scathing  internal auditors’ report. According to the United Nations Development Program’s project website, about $25 million was spent in 2013 on the audited projects mentioned in the organization’s internal report—roughly  half the $59 million spent on UNDP programs and management in Somalia that year. The project website shows the work as being mostly centered in the capital of Mogadishu and intended to provide “coordination and support to Somali security sectors,” develop an “efficient, effective, professional civilian police service” and “policy and law making processes,” as well as a “community security” projects aimed at reducing “armed violence.”

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“Until truly inclusive and locally credible forums can be formed to sort out constitutional and statebuilding issues and key technical tasks are taken up by the federal parliament and cabinet, Somalia may continue to simply squeeze the balloon.”


Analysis: Puntland Details Conditions for Talks with Somalia’s Federal Government

20 Aug – Source: Somalia Newsroom – 651 words

Somalia’s Puntland region “re-suspended relations” with Somalia’s federal government after a controversial agreement hailed by the international community was signed to form an interim Central State administration with Mudug and Galgaduud regions. The interim Central State administration would ostensibly set the stage for a future Federal Member State (FMS) to be formed from Mudug and Galgaduud’s boundaries. However, control of the regions is divided among many parties–including Puntland, al-Shabaab, Galmudug, Ximan and Xeeb, ASWJ, and various clans and sub-clans. The lack of consensus over how to divide political power has created opportunities to either exploit the impracticality and local disapproval of the Central State deal, or alternatively, to seek productive forums for cooperation that are necessary to find a workable solution. As provided at the bottom of this piece, Puntland’s official communique today directed at the federal government straddles this line: its President and former national Prime Minister Abdiweli Gaas has offered dialogue with the government in coordination with the international community while also promising unidentified consequences if the talks fail. The thirty-day period proposed to discuss issues between Puntland and the federal government are likely not long enough to resolve Puntland’s grievances, which go back to the issue of certain articles in the provisional constitution being controversially altered.

August 22, 2014 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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US army chief praises UPDF work in Somalia

22 Aug – Source: Daily Monitor – 118 words

The Uganda People’s Defence soldiers striving to bring peace in war-ravaged Somalia under AMISOM have been credited for excellent work. The United States Army Commanding General of the combined joint task force of the Horn of Africa, Maj Gen Wayne W Grigsby, said he was impressed with the security skills being displayed by the UPDF when he visited Somalia.

“I moved with Lt Gen Muhwezi and officers of the UPDF up to the airport when I was in Somalia but their security skills were superb and I praise their work,’’ Gen Grigsby said. He made the remarks yesterday during his visit to the Senior Command and Staff College-Kimaka where he lectured staff on leadership and professional soldiering.

Key Headlines

  • Parliamentarians support security operations in Mogadishu after meeting PM (Radio Mogadishu/RBC)
  • Security forces conduct operations in Huriwaa district (Radio Mogadishu/Radio Goobjoog)
  • New administrator appointed for Qoryoley district (Radio Dalsan)
  • Security officer killed in bomb explosion in Mogadishu (Radio RBC)
  • Yemen Somalia Djibouti discuss cooperation to curb refugees’ flow (SABA)
  • Six die due to hunger in Gedo region (Radio Goobjoog)
  • AMISOM to withdraw from Somalia in two years (Standard Media)
  • Government forces clash with al Shabaab fighters near Garbaharey (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Famine and siege kills 12 in Bula Burte (Somali Current)
  • UNHCR Seeks Repatriation of Somali Refugees (VOA News)
  • AMISOM and SNA bound towards Jalalaqsi (Radio Dalsan)
  • Somali child soldiers ‘punished’ in foreign-funded camps: UN (AFP/Yahoo News)
  • US army chief praises UPDF work in Somalia (Daily Monitor)
  • Kenya: Court frees Somalia refugee (Star- Kenya)
  • Government nominates new spy chief to boost fight against terror (Coastweek/Xinhua)
  • Somali government to extend cash rewards program for information on al-Shabaab (Sabahi Online)
  • British terror suspect in Kenya no ‘monster’: lawyer (AFP/eNCA)
  • Seychelles government welcomes arrest of Somali pirate chief as positive step in ensuring security in the region (Seychelles News Agency)

SOMALI MEDIA

Parliamentarians support security operations in Mogadishu after meeting PM

22 Aug – Source: Radio Mogadishu/RBC/Radio Kulmiye – 269 words

Somalia’s Members of the Federal Parliament supported the recent disarmament operations carried by the security forces in Mogadishu aiming to stabilize the nation which led to armed clashes in the capital in the past three weeks. Parliamentarians of Somalia who have met with Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed who is on working visit to Kenya have expressed how happy they were following the recent operations led by Somali forces and the African Union Forces.

MP Abdullahi Hussein said has said that the legislators of Somalia welcomed the ongoing operations in the capital and the targeted disarmament to secure the capital city. “We anticipate that the parliament’s 5th session will kick off on September so it is very vital fir us to see Mogadishu becomes more safer for MPs to work.” he added.

In the past six months, five Somali MPs were killed in Mogadishu by armed groups in which government said were planned assassinations by Al Shabab militant group. MP Abdullahi Hussein says the legislators need full safer environment to work and that led them to give hundred percent endorsement to the security operations.

“The nation is preparing into new phase as we are hoping to go into elections on 2016 and before that security and stabilization is needed.” he added.

Prime Miniser Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed told MPs in his meeting in Nairobi that his government is committed to put security on hand before the end of this year as he appealed the parliament to work with the executive to assure that there will not be any lapses between the cabinet and the parliament in terms of its accountability.


Security forces conduct operations in Huriwaa district

22 Aug- Source: Radio Mogadishu/Radio Goobjoog/Radio Risaala/Radio Simba- 136 words

The security forces of federal government have this morning launched a heavy security operation in Huriwaa district of Banaadir region, following yesterdays blast in the area that killed a senior security official named Ahmed Abdurahman.

Local  resident told the media that, the operation is ongoing on in areas  SOS, Ramadan Hotel, EX Control and  Suuqa Xoolaha after Thursday’s  Landmine explosion in Ramadan Area he concluded.. nobody was detained so far, he added.

Apart from the government’s disarmament campaign,  the security agencies were these days conducting operations and in search of al Shabaab members to maintain the overall security of the city.

Ahmed Abdurahman died after his car was targeted with the bomb explosion as he was driving near the S.O.S hospital in the northern district of Huriwaa on Thursday afternoon.


New administrator appointed for Qoryoley district

22 Aug- Source: Radio Dalsan- 136 words

The interior ministry nominated a new district commissioner for Qoryoley namely Mohamed Haji Osman aka Shigshigow. This nominee is among participants of a seminar which the interior ministry recently organized.

According to Lower Shabelle provincial commissioner, Abdiwadir Siidii, the ministry of interior had nominated the new Qoryoley DC unlike allegations that he was the one who nominated the new DC. Speaking to Dalsan Radio, Mr. Sidii denied those allegations. On the other hand, the former Qoryoley DC Osman Ali Bulaale rejected the nomination of the new DC citing that it is only the MPS and elders from the area that can replace him.

He also claimed that it is the PC of Lower Shabelle that nominated the new DC without any consultation with the MPs who represent the clans that inhabit the district and the elders.


Security officer killed in bomb explosion in Mogadishu

22 Aug – Source: Radio RBC – 177 words

A security officer working in the security of Huriwaa district was killed in a roadside bomb explosion on Thursday after his vehicle was hit with the bomb. According to local security officer who spoke to RBC, the officer who was named Ahmed Abdirahman Isse died after his car was targeted with the bomb explosion as he was driving near the S.O.S hospital in the northern district of Huriwaa on Thursday afternoon.

The bomb explosion affected civilians wounding at least two people one of a mother who was walking past the road at the time of explosion. According to the office, the dead officer was in charge of the security operations in Huriwaa district.  He was a security expert in counter-terrorism operations, the officer who spoke to RBC added.

The authorities of the National Security Ministry declined to comment on the death of Mr Isse. Heavy presence of security forces were seen in the area on Thursday afternoon after the explosion whilst the forces cordoned off the S.O.S junction despite no arrests were mentioned.


Six die due to hunger in Gedo region

22 Aug- Source: Radio Goobjoog- 202 words

Six people have been confirmed dead due to hunger and thirst in areas under Buurdhuubo and Garbahareey districts in Gedo region south-west Somalia, a government official revealed.

The deputy commissioner of Gedo  region Abdi Bare Abdi  who spoke to Radio Goobjoog confirmed the death of  six among them  children and elderly persons. “there is fear of more deaths if an emergence of humanitarian assistance is not met as quickly as possible”, he said.

The official urged the federal government and aid agencies to assist the population, expressing  his concern over the possibility of more malnutrition deaths.

The deputy commissioner urged the Somali people in the country and those abroad to assist their brothers and sisters in the drought affected areas of Gedo.

Residents have recently been complaining from food and acute water shortages in Gedo regions, stating that they are on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.

Relief workers say the Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in six decades.  The U.N. and the U.S. Agency for International Development says more than 11 million people are in need of food aid.  Last week, the UN declared that famine has struck two regions in southern Somalia, which is under the control of Al-Shabab.


Government forces clash with al Shabaab fighters near Garbaharey

22 Aug- Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 131 words

Somali federal government forces on Thursday clashed with al Shabaab militant fighters in May-karebe village, 18 KM north of Garbaharey town, the provincial capital of Gedo region.

Garbaharey police chief, Abdihakim Ano-kosto told Bar-kulan al Shabaab militant group fighters ambushed the government forces on their way from Luq district to Garbaharey town.

He said that the forces resisted the attack and arrived in Garbaharey town. The police chief added that two government soldiers sustained minor injuries.

Latest reports from the village where the clashes between the federal government forces and al Shabaab fighters occurred on Thursday indicate that calm has returned to the area.

The exact number of casualties on the al Shabaab side remains unknown while Garbaharey commissioner Iman Addow Karshe claims heavy losses were inflicted on the militant group.


Famine and siege kills 12 in Bula Burte

22 Aug – Source: Somali Current – 181 words

Twelve people mostly women and children have lost their lives for last one week in Bula Burte town in south central Somalia as the result of hunger and disease. Five months siege on the town by al Shabaab militant group since driven out from the area by Somali national army and AMISOM forces on March this year is also making life difficult for people as there is no or limited access of food and medicine into the area.

According to the residents more than 50 people have died due to hunger, malnutrition and disease outbreak for last one month. Somali cabinet has discussed earlier this week how to approach the humanitarian situation in the country topped by famine.

The United Nations has appealed for urgent intervention in the country to help thousands of people on the brink of extreme hunger caused by regular drought and famine. Nearly 260,000 people died during the famine that hit Somalia from 2010 to 2012, a study shows. Half of them were children under the age of five, says the report by the united nations.


AMISOM and SNA bound towards Jalalaqsi

22 Aug- Source:  Radio Dalsan- 81 words

The government troops backed by AMISOM are moving towards Jalalaqsi in Hiiraan to combat al Shabaab. Jalalaqsi is the only town in Hiiraan which is still under the control of al Shabaab. The government troops recently took over villages near Baladweyne from al Shabaab. They entered those villages without al Shabaab putting up any resistance. Hiiraan Provincial Commissioner, Abdifitaah Hassan Afrah said the troops are dedicated to remove al Shabaab from the region. The outcome of the planned offensive cannot be predicted.

REGIONAL MEDIA

US army chief praises UPDF work in Somalia

22 Aug – Source: Daily Monitor – 118 words

The Uganda People’s Defence soldiers striving to bring peace in war-ravaged Somalia under AMISOM have been credited for excellent work. The United States Army Commanding General of the combined joint task force of the Horn of Africa, Maj Gen Wayne W Grigsby, said he was impressed with the security skills being displayed by the UPDF when he visited Somalia.

“I moved with Lt Gen Muhwezi and officers of the UPDF up to the airport when I was in Somalia but their security skills were superb and I praise their work,’’ Gen Grigsby said. He made the remarks yesterday during his visit to the Senior Command and Staff College-Kimaka where he lectured staff on leadership and professional soldiering.


Kenya: Court frees Somalia refugee

22 Aug- Source: Star- Kenya- 136 words

A Makadara court Wednesday dropped charges against a Somalia refugee, who had been accused of residing outside her designated camp. Mako Dalal was charged with residing outside Kakuma refugee camp in contravention of asylum seekers and immigration laws. However, Kituo Cha Sheria, an NGO, through lawyer Grace Omweri, told principal magistrate Carol Ocharo that Dalal has not been registered as a refugee in Kakuma and had therefore not contravened any law. Omweri tabled documents from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Nairobi chapter, showing that Dalal is registered as a refugee in Nairobi’s Eastleigh.


Government nominates new spy chief to boost fight against terror

22 Aug – Source: Coastweek/Xinhua – 203 words

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Major-General Philip Kameru as Director-General of the National Intelligence Service to help boost fight against terrorism. A statement from Kenyatta said Kameru’s nomination has already been transmitted to Parliament for vetting and approval.

Kenyatta said Kameru has gathered extensive experience in operational and administrative matters, noting that his term of duty has been characterized by exemplary diligence, dedication, and leadership. “He has also undergone rigorous training both in Kenya and abroad.

“Our intelligence service must now meet both new and old challenges,” Kenyatta said on his nominee. Kameru is credited with the success of Kenya’s intelligence- gathering in Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) — a deployment that seeks to restore peace and order to the country, as well as to secure Kenya’s borders and the region. In the past two years, there have been numerous attacks involving shootings, grenades, or other explosive devices in Kenya in addition to kidnappings of foreigners across the country.

In total, more than 100 people have been killed in these attacks and hundreds have been injured. Approximately 53 of these attacks occurred in northeastern Kenya, mainly in Dadaab, Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera counties which border Somalia.


Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti discuss cooperation to curb refugees’ flow

21 Aug- Source: Yemen News Agency SABA- 132 words

Deputy Foreign Minister Amir al-Aidaroos on Thursday met separately in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Interior Minister of Djibouti and Somali Foreign Minister. During the meetings, al-Aidaroos discussed with the two ministers the bilateral relations between Yemen and each country of them and ways to boost them.

They stressed the importance of enhancing the cooperation between Yemen and the Horn of Africa countries to find solutions to curb the flow of refugees, benefiting from the other countries’ experiences in implementing the voluntary return of Somali refugees to their country.


Somali government to extend cash rewards program for information on al-Shabaab

21 Aug – Source: Sabahi Online – 147 words

Since the Somali Ministry of National Security started offering cash rewards to citizens for providing information on al Shabaab, ten attacks have been prevented in Mogadishu in the past two months, ministry officials said.

Based on the success of the cash rewards programme, the ministry said it intends to continue offering monetary compensation to informants.

“This programme is spearheaded by the ministry, but it is something that the administration is aware of and has welcomed and encouraged,” Somali government spokesman Ridwan Haji Abdiweli told Sabahi. “It is a good step, which shows tremendous progress. We hope to boost the reward [programme] and any other effort aimed at combating criminals.”

Abdiweli reassured citizens that the identity of informants would be kept confidential and that terrorist suspects would not be released without due process. He said the public should feel satisfied with the government’s efforts to maintain security and seek justice.


AMISOM to withdraw from Somalia in two years

21 Aug – Source: Standard Media – 143 words

The African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would end the intervention in Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders. African Union Acting Special Envoy to Somalia Lydia Wanyoto and Somalia ambassador to Uganda Sheik Sayid Ahmed Dahir say the road map will be adhered to.

They expect that by that time the federal government will have the capacity to independently run the affairs of the war-torn state. Ahmed said Somalia is on the right path and thanked regional governments, especially Uganda for ensuring the conflict is subdued.

The Kenya Defence Forces contribute a substantial number of troops to Amisom. Other nations are Uganda, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, Amisom and the Federal Government of Somalia have concluded a three-day conference to educate the Somalia civil society on the role they can play in the implementation of the country’s Vision 2016.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

British terror suspect in Kenya no ‘monster’: lawyer

22 Aug – Source: AFP/eNCA – 124 words

A British terrorism suspect in Kenya is no “monster” and has been falsely linked with a fugitive jihadist from the UK dubbed the “White Widow”, his lawyer told a court on Thursday.

Suspected militant Jermaine Grant, accused of plotting bomb attacks and having ties to Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, was arrested in December 2011 in the Kenyan port city with chemicals, batteries and switches.

Prosecutors have accused Grant, a Muslim convert, of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.

Lewthwaite, a mother-of-three and daughter of a British soldier, is wanted by Kenyan police after persistent claims she is in the country.


Somali child soldiers ‘punished’ in foreign-funded camps: UN

21 Aug- Source: AFP/Yahoo News-249 Words

Former child soldiers in war-torn Somalia are being held in prison conditions in foreign-funded camps, “punishing” rather than rehabilitating them, the top UN children’s envoy said Thursday. Leila Zerrougui, UN envoy for children and armed conflict, said former child soldiers — who foreign donors were funding to rehabilitate their return to society — were effectively being locked up without trial and denied visits from their family.

“They are held in detention without due process,” she told reporters in Kenya after a four-day visit to Somalia. While some centres were treating children well, others were little more than prisons, she said. Some children were assessed to pose little threat to wider society.

Centres must follow “international standards dedicated to rehabilitating and reintegrating them into the society, rather than punishing them,” she said. She singled out the Serendi Rehabilitation Centre in the capital Mogadishu — part funded by the Norwegian government — where 55 children including those who once fought for the Islamist al Shabaab were being held.


UNHCR Seeks Repatriation of Somali Refugees

21 Aug – Source: VOA News – 159 words

The U.N. refugee agency on Wednesday called for East African countries hosting Somali refugees to make voluntary repatriation possible and sustainable. Earlier this month, some UNHCR workers and Somali refugee leaders in Dadaab camp traveled to the port city of Kismayo to assess the security and socioeconomic situation of the city as part of the repatriation process.

UNHCR spokesman in Kenya, Emmanuel Nyabera said security is a major challenge in south and central Somalia and the group’s visit helps the refugees make decisions knowing what awaits them if they decide to go back.

“They also noticed that some, which they had a lot of concern, [of] the medical facilities were not [as] good as needed, education system was a little bit a challenge because the curriculum was not very well defined,” Nyabera said. “These are some of the things that they came and shared with refugees in the camps and this will enable refugees [to] make informed decisions.”


Seychelles government welcomes arrest of Somali pirate chief as positive step in ensuring security in the region

21 Aug- Source: Seychelles News Agency-661 Words

The Seychelles government has commended the effort of the Somali government following the arrest of one of Somalia’s most notorious pirate chiefs, Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji is said to be responsible for multiple ship hijackings and hostage takings including of Seychellois nationals.

In a joint press statement issued this morning the Seychelles Ministry of Home Affairs and Transport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, the arrest is viewed as a positive step towards ensuring the security of the western Indian Ocean region which Seychelles shares with Somalia.

“The arrest of Garfanji is also testament to the concerted efforts of the international community to disrupt the Somali piracy model and end the scourge, which has been plaguing the Indian Ocean since 2005,” read the statement.

Garfanji is allegedly responsible for kidnapping and torturing two Seychellois fishermen as well as hijacking Seychelles flagged ships and the island nation’s government had been actively involved in international efforts to bring him to justice.

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“Forum committee member and midwifery and nursing teacher Gillian Barber represents the RCN on the Council of the International Confederation of Midwives. Here, she writes about a new project she has taken on in Africa.”


Working in Somaliland- a land of possibilities

21 Aug- Source: SomalilandPress-825 Words

I am standing in a meeting room, surrounded by 20 veiled nurse teachers and a few midwives from Somalia and Puntland. Fans try to cool the hot air. We are trying out role play and drama as teaching methods and discussing evidence for practice. The teachers come from areas that are highly dangerous for them and the women they care for. Older ones were trained as midwives before Somalia’s civil war in 1991; most younger women are nurses with some maternity care training.

They tell me stories of women arriving first thing in the morning at their often bomb-damaged hospitals. Many women are dying on arrival because travel at night is just too dangerous. The staff can do little with not enough equipment, drugs or training and it is often too late. In the war-torn parts of Somalia, more women die than almost anywhere else in the world. In Somalia one in around every 10 women will die during their childbearing years. No midwives have been trained in Somalia or Puntland for 25 years. They want to start again now so have come to a workshop run by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to update their knowledge and skills and work with me on an appropriate midwifery curriculum for their circumstances in Somalia and Puntland.

We are not actually in Somalia holding this workshop. We are in Somaliland, which is safe enough for people like me to visit. Somaliland is very familiar to me. I have been there many times over the last four years. Having completed the midwife teacher workshops described above this year, for Somaliland teachers first, then for Somalia and Puntland, I am now on a new venture. Previously I have been involved with updating and developing curricula for nursing and midwifery. For midwifery it has been at three levels: for trained nurses, for young women from rural areas with lower education levels and no nursing, and a BSc in midwifery for trained midwives. This new work is at a different level entirely.

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Image of the dayThe Deputy Police Commissioner Mr. Benson OYO-NYEKO (left) hosts the first ever Radio program in the history of AMISOM Police at the Radio Mogadishu on the 20th day of August 2014. Photo: AMISOM