January 30, 2015 | Morning Headlines.

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Joint forces take more rebel-held villages

29 Jan – Source: Hiiraan Online – 155 Words

In a further squeeze to the militants’ shrinking strongholds, Somali troops backed by the African Union forces have seized two more villages from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group in southern Somalia, officials said on Thursday. As parts of the relentless offensive against Al-Shabab group which is waging a deadly insurgency in Somalia, the troops have taken Janay-Abdalla and Farwamo villages along the Jubba river in Middle Jubba region after a brief battle with the group’s fighters. No causalities from the clashes have so far been reported. No comments could be reached from Al-Shabab on the latest developments. However, the group which lost most of its key strongholds has stepped up guerilla attack, largely in rural areas in central and southern Somalia.

Key Headlines

  • Joint forces take more rebel-held villages (Hiiraan Online)
  • Hamarjajab district won Benadir sanitation campaign contest (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • The installation of solar-powered lights kicks off on Industrial Road.(Radio Goobjoog)
  • Somali lawmakers unanimously pass national treasury bill (Radio RBC)
  • Somali writers showcase their works at Cairo Book Fair (Radio Danan)
  • Police arrest suspected mastermind of deadly Mandera attacks (Daily Nation)
  • Sh2 billion for irrigation in North Kenya (Star)
  • UN: Somalia’s food situation improving but still at risk (Voice of America English)
  • US court in Virginia to hear two Somali pirates’ appeals (AP/Washington top news)

SOMALI MEDIA

Joint forces take more rebel-held villages

29 Jan – Source: Hiiraan Online – 155 Words

In a further squeeze to the militants’ shrinking strongholds, Somali troops backed by the African Union forces have seized two more villages from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group in southern Somalia, officials said on Thursday. As parts of the relentless offensive against Al-Shabab group which is waging a deadly insurgency in Somalia, the troops have taken Janay-Abdalla and Farwamo villages along the Jubba river in Middle Jubba region after a brief battle with the group’s fighters. No causalities from the clashes have so far been reported. No comments could be reached from Al-Shabab on the latest developments. However, the group which lost most of its key strongholds has stepped up guerilla attack, largely in rural areas in central and southern Somalia.


Hamarjajab district won Benadir sanitation campaign contest

29  JAN – Source: Radio Bar-kulan  – 140 words

Benadir governor and Mogadishu mayor Hassan Mohamed Hussein (Mungab) on Thursday named Hamarjajab the cleanest district of the 16 districts in Mogadishu. The district won a sanitation campaign contest organized by the Mogadishu municipality held for all the districts in the capital. Hamarjajab district commissioner Ahmed Osman Dhorre congratulated residents of the district for their achievement and called on them to double their efforts in improving sanitation and keeping their districts clean and safe. Ahmed said the success was a result of unity and hard work and promised to do more in order to improve the district’s sanitation, security and social interactivity. The commissioner said the district recently hosted several of the country’s top leaders. He urged other districts to follow suit and work hard in improving sanitation and other essential public services.


The installation of solar-powered lights kicks off in Industrial Road.

29  JAN  – Source: Radio Goobjoog  – 145 words

The administration of Benadir started installing solar-powered lights in of one the main streets of the capital city, Industrial Road (wadada Warshadaha ) so as improve security and allow business activities along the roads to boom during the night. The governor of Benadir region and mayor of the city Hassan Mohamed Hussein Muungaab has officially cut ribbon of the illumination project of that street on Thursday. The governor stated the lighting project which is implementing by the administration Benadir region will erect 333 solar lights along the road for a distance about 10 kilometres. The mayor lastly called upon people living round Industrial Road to make use of lights and to take responsibility to handle them. The projects to illuminate the streets of Mogagishu have been going on for the past few years and it has successfully installed solar-power lights in Makka Al-mukarrama, wadnaha and Sodonka streets.


Somali Lawmakers unanimously pass national treasury bill

29  JAN  – Source: Radio RBC – 78 words

Somali Members of Parliament have today unanimously approved the country’s national treasury bill after days of debate.The lawmakers have today ended three-days debate before passing the national treasury bill that was brought before the parliament three days ago. A hundred and fifty four lawmakers out of hundred and fifty eight lawmakers have voted for this new bill. Somali National General Auditor who was present in today’s parliamentary session thanked members of the parliament for their approval.


Somali writers showcase their works at Cairo Book Fair

29  JAN  – Source: Radio Danan – 168 words

For nearly 25 years, book writers from Somalia didn’t take part in the Cairo Book Exhibition which is an international annual book fair. However, this year, Somali book writers were present. They were part of those who exhibited their works in Cairo, Egypt. Also, representatives of bookshop owners in Somalia were there at the Expo. The event was held in Cairo yesterday. The event was kick off by the Egyptian Prime Minister and other senior Egyptian government officials. The Egyptian premier paid a courtesy call to the Somali stand where he praised their works and said that they shined at the Expo. He added that they play a pivotal role in the development of Somalia. Ahmed Mohamed Bukhari, a Somali researcher who attended the expo told the media that Somalia has come back to the international platform and the attendance of the Somali writers is a good sign for the country. Somali writers were among other writers from 26 countries around the world especially from the Arab nations. The Somali flag was shown at that expo for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Police arrest suspected mastermind of deadly Mandera attacks

28  JAN – Source: Daily Nation  – 521  words

A man believed to be behind the 2014 terrorist attacks in Mandera that left 64 people dead has been arrested. The man, who was arrested in Mandera Town on Thursday, is also believed to be a member of Al-Shabaab militant group. Following the arrest, security was beefed up in Mandera Town. Local schools have borne the effects of the attacks, after teachers from outside the county refused to resume duty in January, citing security fears. The suspect, Salim Abubakar Kitonga, is a Kenyan by birth and police said he was actively involved in Al-Shabaab operations in Mandera County. Mandera Police Commander Job Boronjo said the suspect was cooperating well with the police and that other wanted Al-Shabaab sympathisers and sponsors would soon be arrested and arraigned in court.“This man Salim is a Kenyan and he has been on our list for long, as reports indicate he is behind the recruitment of Kenyans, Ugandans and Tanzanians into Al-Shabaab group based in Somalia,” said Mr Boronjo. He added that Kitonga had been facilitating the movement of new non-Somali recruits into Somalia through Bula Hawa and that he had been living at a mosque in Mandera Town that he refused to disclose. “There is enough information that he planned the two attacks that left 64 people dead late last year, but he is with us for further interrogations before he is taken to court,” said Mr Boronjo.


Sh2 billion for irrigation in North Kenya

28  JAN  – Source: Star  – 257  words

The government will spend Sh2 billion on irrigation projects in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties, Agriculture Cbinet Secretary Felix Koskei said yesterday. Koskei said plans are underway to ensure irrigation farming is practiced in the three counties.  He was speaking at Khone Farm in Jarajara location, Garissa county, while inspecting the Rahole irrigation project. Koskei said Kenya will also partner with Egypt and Ethiopia, which have succeeded in irrigation farming and are food secure. The partnership will also target the war-torn Somalia, he said. Kosgei said the Rahole irrigation scheme will be used for rice production.In the irrigation project, the drilling of the canal is set to be completed next month and the River Tana water diverted to the farms. Koskei said surveys have shown that rice can do well in the 500-acre farm.  He said in Mandera, the government will make use of River Dawa while in Wajir, boreholes are already being drilled for irrigation.  “North Eastern has a great potential to be the country’s food basket if we get our priorities right. We have to go the irrigation way like Israel because drought is a perennial problem in this region,” Koskei said.  He urged residents to practise mixed farming, which involves keeping livestock and crop production. Koskei said part of the problem in the region is as a result of over relying on livestock keeping.  He urged the residents to support the projects, saying they stand to benefit a lot from them.  More than 4,000 families will benefit from the Rahole irrigation scheme.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

UN: Somali’s food situation improving, but still at risk

29 Jan – Source: Voice of America, English – 390 Words

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says food security in Somalia has actually improved of late, following years of drought. But as experts point out, Somalia’s food situation is still far from normal. The disastrous dry spells that have wracked war-torn Somalia for years seem to have loosened their grip on the country, at least for the moment. New figures released by the FAO on Wednesday shows that the most recent rains in Somalia were normal, and that the number of people facing a food crisis has declined over the past six months by around 30 percent.

But these improvements may be temporary. Nina Dodd, who works with the U.N. Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit, pointed out that other key indicators, such as child malnutrition, have not been improving. In some places, she said, they have actually been getting worse. “Food security is not only responsible for nutrition. Malnutrition can be caused by a lot of factors. In south-central Somalia the situation is worse. We see critical levels of malnutrition,” said Dodd. The devastating famine that struck Somalia between 2010 and 2012 killed more than a quarter of a million people — half of them children under the age of five. The country’s U.N. humanitarian coordinator at the time said the international community was partly to blame, having not acted quickly enough to counter the effects of a severe drought.


US court in Virginia to hear two Somali pirates’ appeals

29 Jan – Source: Associated Press/Washington top news –  430 Words

Two Somali pirates convicted in the shooting deaths of four Americans aboard a yacht will have their appeals heard in a Virginia courtroom. Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar were sentenced to 21 life terms for their roles in the February 2011 attack off the coast of Africa. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday morning in Richmond. Beyle and Abrar were among 19 men who boarded the 58-foot yacht in hopes of holding the Americans for ransom. The plan fell apart when the U.S. Navy intervened. Yacht owners Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were killed. Four pirates also died.

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“The Somali government missed key opportunities in 2014 to enact reforms that would curtail rights violations. Civilians again bore the brunt of the government’s failure to rein in abusive forces and make justice a priority.”


Somalia: limited progress in protecting civilians

29 Jan – Source; Human Rights Watch – 461 Words

The Somali government made limited progress in 2014 in protecting civilians from abusive armed forces in the country’s long conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Displaced populations were most vulnerable to sexual violence and forced evictions, while the armed Islamist group Al-Shabaab targeted civilians for attack. “The Somali government missed key opportunities in 2014 to enact reforms that would curtail rights violations,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Civilians again bore the brunt of the government’s failure to rein in abusive forces and make justice a priority.”

In the 656-page world report, its 25th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth urges governments to recognize that human rights offer an effective moral guide in turbulent times, and that violating rights can spark or aggravate serious security challenges. The short-term gains of undermining core values of freedom and non-discrimination are rarely worth the long-term price. In Somalia, proposed judicial reforms and other government plans to improve accountability for the security forces were hampered by political infighting and reshuffles in senior posts, tensions over federalism, and ongoing insecurity in government-controlled areas.

The government failed to protect hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in dire conditions around the capital, Mogadishu, who are at risk of forced evictions and other serious abuses. While the government endorsed a comprehensive plan to tackle the alarming levels of sexual violence across the country, implementation was slow and there was no basic protection for those most vulnerable to abuse. The government prosecuted suspected Al-Shabaab members and supporters, as well as Somali military personnel, in military courts, though military court proceedings do not meet international fair trial standards. The court frequently imposes the death penalty, and at least 15 people were executed in 2014.

 

 

January 30, 2015 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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Ex-Bank Chief appointed as Somalia’s FM accused of corruption

30 Jan – Source: Horseed Media – 243 Words

Former governor of Somalia’s Central Bank, who has been appointed to serve as the country’s new Minister for Foreign affairs this week was accused of being involved in corruption in a UN report.  Abdisalam Hadliye Omar, quit in September 2013 after U.N. Monitors Report linked him to irregularities regarding millions of dollars withdrawn from the central bank, though he denied the allegations. The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea said in July 2013, that Mogadishu’s central bank had become a “slush fund” for political leaders and that Omar had played a central role in irregularities surrounding unaccountable disbursements.

His Successor, Yussur Abrar, who was the first female appointed to such a position unexpectedly resigned after seven weeks on the job, citing corruption concerns. In a letter, she claimed that she had been pressured to accept arrangements she believed would open the door to corruption by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s aides. Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke appointed his new cabinet on January 27, but they have not yet gained vote of Confidence from the Parliament. It was the second time the Prime Minister appointed a new government.

Key Headlines

  • Bad weather leaves Hobyo fishermen hungry (Radio Ergo)
  • Ex-Bank Chief appointed as Somalia’s FM accused of corruption (Horseed Media)
  • The President Hasan Sheikh Mohamud attends IGAD-mediated talks of South Sudan (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Water shortage hits many villages in Gedo region (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Somaliland denies UN Monitors access to Berbera Port  (Garowe Online)
  • New security laws justified as Kenya is at war says Solicitor General (Star)
  • 38000 Somali children facing starvation (Daily Nation)
  • 3 Million Somalis need humanitarian aid (Worldbulletin)
  • Former DC-area taxi driver added to most-wanted terrorist list (ABC News)
  • Red Emperor Resources falls as it withdraws from Somalia project (Londonsouthwest.co.uk)

 

UN Special Representative welcomes announcement of the nomination of a new cabinet by Somali Prime Minister

30 Jan – Source: UNSOM – 140 Words

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the announcement of the nomination of a new Federal cabinet by the Prime Minister of Somalia on 27 January 2014. “This announcement is an important step towards the establishment of a new cabinet,” Special Representative Kay said.  “Once approved by the Federal Parliament, the Federal Government will need to address urgently Somalia’s state and peacebuilding goals. Much remains to be done to complete Somalia’s Vision 2016. The Federal Parliament has an important and urgent role to play in passing key legislation and establishing the remaining independent commissions foreseen in the provisional constitution, particularly the National Independent Electoral Commission. A spirit of compromise and reconciliation will be needed in the days and months to come. The United Nations is committed to supporting state and peacebuilding in Somalia.

SOMALI MEDIA

Ex-Bank Chief appointed as Somalia’s FM accused of corruption

30 Jan – Source: Horseed Media – 243 Words

Former governor of Somalia’s Central Bank, who has been appointed to serve as the country’s new Minister for Foreign affairs this week was accused of being involved in corruption in a UN report.  Abdisalam Hadliye Omar, quit in September 2013 after U.N. Monitors Report linked him to irregularities regarding millions of dollars withdrawn from the central bank, though he denied the allegations. The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea said in July 2013, that Mogadishu’s central bank had become a “slush fund” for political leaders and that Omar had played a central role in irregularities surrounding unaccountable disbursements.

His Successor, Yussur Abrar, who was the first female appointed to such a position unexpectedly resigned after seven weeks on the job, citing corruption concerns. In a letter, she claimed that she had been pressured to accept arrangements she believed would open the door to corruption by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s aides. Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke appointed his new cabinet on January 27, but they have not yet gained vote of Confidence from the Parliament. It was the second time the Prime Minister appointed a new government.


Water shortage hits many villages in Gedo region

30 Jan – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 141 Words

The villages around Garbaharay district of Gedo region are reported to have severe water shortage after water ponds went dry. Residents of Daabley, Godey, Aano-maal Reysqode, Qadiida and Buraa villages are facing life threatening water shortage due to the dry season.
Sheikh Mohamed Deerow, an elder in Daabley village  told Goobjoog FM that the situation of the villagers became worse after the dams dried up while remaining wells mechanically broke down. “We are in the dry season so all water wells and ponds went dry and there are no public water boozers in village therefore people are not  able to fetch water from Garbaharay which is 40 away from the hamlet ” Deerow said. Several other localities in the region are reporting water shortages as people started migrating to water sources in elsewhere in the country.


The president Hasan Sheikh Mohamud attends IGAD-mediated talks of South Sudan

30 Jan – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 130 Words

The president of the federal government of Somalia Hassan Sheik Mohamud attended the IGAD-mediated talks of South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The  summit of regional block, IGAD, was widely discussed as a solution for the warring sides in Republic of South Sudan. Clashes between the president of south-Sudan  Salva Kiir  and his former vice president Riek Machar has erupted December 2013 after president Kiir accused his vice president unsuccessful coup d’état. In the meeting, IGAD told the two warring sides to report back to IGAD on Saturday. The regional block also warned the two factions to produce a solution by the first day of February or face action from IGAD member states. The two parties took face to face meeting over Power sharing arrangement which failed.


Somaliland denies UN Monitors access to Berbera port

29 Jan – Source: Garowe Online – 161 Words

Somaliland’s separatist administration in northwestern Somalia has denied UN Monitors access to Berbera seaport according to independent sources, Garowe Online reports. UN experts along with Ethiopian consular officials were refused entry into the port after a ship allegedly carrying weapons docked a few days ago. High-ranking officials in Somaliland government reportedly issued the order to bar visiting UN monitors from the seaport. Garowe Online was unable to reach UN experts for comments on the matter. Somaliland Interior Minister Ali Mohamed Waran Adde earlier last week told the media that MV Shakir was loaded by local businessmen from Port Sudan but later he confirmed the security officials found three armored vehicles, 10 AK47 rifles and ammunition inside the ship. Ever since indepth investigations have been underway and no findings were released to the media. UN Security Council imposed arms embargo on Somalia in 1992 following the ouster of long standing military government.


Bad weather leaves Hobyo fishermen hungry

29 Jan – Source: Radio Ergo – 283 Words

Fishermen in Hobyo district in Mudug region say they are suffering as prolonged storms have been preventing them from fishing. Hussein Mohamed Jama told Radio Ergo his small fishing boats could not withstand the high waves and rough sea and he had not fished for many days. “My family of 15 members are now facing huge hardship. They now cook every two days if they are lucky. I don’t have any other savings. In good weather I make good catches that cover the basic needs of my family and they cook three times a day. You can see from my children’s faces how life is treating us badly,” Hussein said.

Sharif Abdi Adde, who lives in Hobyo, said the cold season from December to February always took a heavy toll on incomes. “The fishing boats that went out to sea last night had no catch, and this has had a negative effect on life in the whole town which mainly depends on fishing.”   Hobyo district deputy commissioner Mohamed Ali Gure said the local fishing industry had been going through a tough time and food security was poor.

“Fishermen in villages along the coast have been facing big challenges. They don’t have alternative jobs. This year, fishermen are idle and hanging around in the market places. Our capacity to address their plight is very limited – we can’t give them better fishing gear or improve their skills. We can only provide them security and appeal to the world to help them,” he said. Abdirzack Mohamed Du’ale, a fisherman, said they received solar-powered refrigerators last year from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) but would not be able to use them until the good weather came.

REGIONAL MEDIA

New security laws justified as Kenya is at war, says Solicitor General

30 Jan – Source: Star  – 326 Words

Solicitor General Njee Muturi yesterday said Kenya is at war and in a state of emergency, hence, the necessity of the new anti-terror laws.Mututi told a five-judge bench that since the Kenya Defence Forces entered Somalia in 2011, terror attacks in Kenya have increased, seriously threatening to the mwananchi. “It is no longer business as usual and action had to be taken. Being a frontline border state, we are at risk. The law had to be enacted to protect the lives of Kenyans,” he said.

Muturi was arguing in support of implementation of the new security laws. Eight sections have been suspended on grounds of human rights violations. This hearing concerns the constitutionality of the entire Act. According to statistics Muturi presented, 20 attacks happened in 2011, 37 in 2012, 25 in 2013 and 30 in 2014. “The government is doing everything to fight terrorism, which has flourished due to corruption in the security sector,” Muturi said.


38,000 Somali children facing starvation

29 Jan – Source: Daily Nation  – 367 Words

Over 38,000 Somali children are at “high risk” from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said on Thursday.The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people. In total, over 731,000 people, including 203,000 children who are severely malnourished, face “acute food insecurity”, according to a joint report released by the UN’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the US-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

But the total number affected is a drop of 29 per cent from last assessments covering the past six months, with “relatively good rains” in late 2014 helping farmers. “Many children remain acutely malnourished, despite a small decrease in their numbers over the past six months,” the statement read. “An estimated 202,600 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, including 38,200 who are severely malnourished and face a high risk of morbidity and death.” Three-quarters of those in dire need are those who have fled their homes, mainly due to continued fighting. “Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high,” UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini said. “The outlook for 2015 is worrisome.” More than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in the devastating 2011 famine.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

3 Million Somalis need humanitarian aid

30 Jan – Source: Worldbulletin – 305 Words

The UN asserted on Thursday that nearly three million people in war-ravaged Somalia were in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. “About 731,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity, the vast majority internally displaced people, while an additional 2.3 million people are at risk of sliding into the same situation,” Philippe Lazzarini, deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general, told journalists in Mogadishu. “This brings the number of people who need humanitarian and livelihood support to three million,” he said, describing the outlook for 2015 as “worrisome.”

The UN official added that there were 203,000 acutely malnourished children in the troubled country in need of emergency food supplements. “About 38,000 children are severely malnourished and need life-saving medical treatment and therapeutic food,” he asserted, citing recent findings by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. More than 250,000 people, mostly children, died during Somalia’s 2011 famine, which was the worst to hit the troubled country in recent history. Somalia’s southern and central regions represent the epicenter of the current humanitarian crisis, despite ample rainfall last October and December. Internally displaced people in Bossaso Baidoa and Doolow have been among the hardest hit by the crisis. The UN says approximately $863 million is needed to save lives in Somalia.


Former DC-area taxi driver added to most-wanted terrorist list

29 Jan – Source: ABC News  – 355 Words

He grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and for a time made his living driving a taxi in the area. But today, Liban Haji Mohamed was added to the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to his capture and conviction. The FBI says Mohamed, a naturalized citizen born in Somalia, used his U.S. passport to travel to East Africa in July 2012 to fight with the terror groups al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda. He’s been charged with providing material support and resources to a terrorist organization. The FBI says it believes Mohamed is still in East Africa.

“We know he’s received training with weapons,” Lindsay Ram of the FBI’s Washington Field Office told ABC News. “We don’t want him using his passport to come back into the United States. He knows the language, the [Washington] area, the culture and even the transportation of the region, so we are concerned that he may try to come back to utilize those skills.”Agent Ram also pointed out that Mohamed was a close associate of Zachary Chesser, another young man from the Washington suburbs who turned to terror. Chesser allegedly played a key role in al-Qaeda’s propaganda efforts before his arrest, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2011 for providing aid to terrorists.


Red Emperor Resources Falls As It Withdraws From Somalia Project

29 Jan – Source: Londonsouthwest.co.uk – 219 Words

Shares in Red Emperor Resources NL dropped heavily in early trade on Thursday after the company said it is shutting down its Puntland joint venture in Somalia. Shares in the company dropped 23% to 1.45 pence, one of the worst performers in the AIM All-Share, after it said its joint venture for the Puntland licences in Somalia had withdrawn from the project. The decision follows negotiations held between the Somalian government and states in the country, including Puntland, over revisions to the country’s hydrocarbon laws, particularly as regards revenue-sharing legislation.

In September, Red Emperor had warned the talks were “delicate” and also noted that though it had received verbal confirmation that its joint venture in the country had valid rights over the licences, it had not received written confirmation. It said the joint venture, which held an interest in two licences in the country, is in the process of closing down its office. All contracts will be terminated, with the exception of the production sharing agreements, it said. All remaining inventory in Puntland is to be disposed of or sold. Meanwhile, the group said work on its interests in Georgia is progressing, with Strait Oil & Gas stepping up preparations for the drilling programme at the Block Vlb prospect.

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“There has been welcome progress in the NGO sector in Somalia during recent years, with many new organisations setting up around the country. However, questions have been asked about the degree to which they are helping to support peace and development work, with international aid money flowing in and the potential for corruption increasing.”


That sinking feeling in Somalia? The trouble with NGOs in the Horn of Africa

30 Jan – Source: Transconflict.com – 899 Words

After the 1991 downfall of government led by Siad-Barre, a new era of great decadence began in Somalia, which continues to this day. The country found itself in the midst of an intense struggle for power, featuring prominent Somali clans and warlords. The bloody civil war which ensued was followed by several humanitarian crises, with an estimated 350,000 peopel dying as result of fighting, kidnappings and other problems linked to conflict.

Although more than 20 peace-building conferences on Somalia have been held since the demise of Siad Barre, none has brought lasting peace in Somalia. They have failed because of a lack of local participation, and the influence of clan-based interests where there has been. Regional and international interventions in Somalian affairs have further complicated matters. However, in the wake of disintegration of the Somalian state in 1992, numerous NGOs were formed. This upshot of the civil war has helped to bolster the strength of indigenous voices, and contributed to the rise of self-help groups aimed at improving people’s lives in the absence of government.


Ten Somali Artists & Entertainers To Watch In 2015

28 Jan – Source: Okayafrica.com – 640 Words

Somali growth, innovation and artistry is, for the most part, only championed by other Somalis, which is why hashtags like #SomaliDiversity and #EastAfricanFeminism have gained a lot of traction in the last few months. Whether or not it’s publicized, Somalis outside of Somalia are a diaspora to be reckoned with: they’re artists, thought leaders, entertainers and writers; they’re a generation of people— from the United States to England— defying convention and representing Somalis in positive and meaningful ways. While their last names may be similar, these Somalis are only loosely connected. They represent hope, resilience and prosperity. They’re continuing the legacy of diasporic greatness in the arts and entertainment, a legacy that counts Nuruddin Farah, Iman, K’naan and Kinsi Abdulleh among its ranks. Browse through them in the following pages.

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Image of the dayThe Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Maman Sidikou, meets with Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to discuss bilateral issues and also brief the President on the outcomes of his own official engagement with various stakeholders in the sidelines of the AU Heads of State meeting
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