28 February – Source: The Standard, Kenya – 319 Words
Combined joint task force of the Somali National Army (SNA) and Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) AMISOM contingent killed 23 members of Al-Shabaab terror group in Fahfahdun town situated in the South West prefecture of Gedo Province of Somalia. KDF conducted an assault targeting the new base of the terrorists in the outskirts of Fahfahdun town, reports say.
The militants withdrew from the positions they held in the area. An exchange of heavy weaponry that lasted four hours left 23 militants dead, three tactical vehicles with mounted machine guns destroyed, and light machine guns seized by the army. The militants were planning to use the base to conduct ambushes and attacks targeting the SNA and KDF troops in pacification mission in the region On Sunday, unknown KDF personnel were injured when an armoured personnel carrier they were travelling in ran over a roadside explosive in Gedo region on Sunday. The victims were flown to Nairobi.
- KDF SNA Kill 23 Al-Shabaab Militants Near Kenyan Border In Clash (The Standard Kenya)
- Somali National Army Liberates Moqori Town In Hiiraan Region (SONNA)
- Southwest State President Meets Humanitarian Agencies (Dhacdo.com)
- AMISOM Conducts Training Workshop For Somali Women Legislators (AMISOM)
- Somalia Security Forces Kill 5 Militants (Xinhuanet)
- The New Way of Working Is Not Exactly “New’ To Somalia (Hiiraan Online)
Somali National Army Liberates Moqori Town In Hiiraan Region
28 February – Source: SONNA – 119 Words
Somali National Army on Wednesday liberated Moqakori town which is about 40 kilometers to Mahaas District according to the officials, SONNA reported. Moqakori town connects Mahaas and BuulaBurte districts in Hiiraan region and the army didn’t encounter any resistance from the enemy during the successful operation this morning.
“We captured Moqakori town, a very significant and strategic town here in Hiiraan region and we are trying to open the roads which Al-Shabaab enemies blocked and restricted from the civilians,” Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Taredisho told Somali National News Agency SONNA. The liberation of this town helps federal government of Somalia and Hirshabelle State to open the closed roads, in order, for aid delivery reach to people affected by the drought.
Southwest State President Meets Humanitarian Agencies
28 February – Source: Dhacdo.com – 108 Words
The President of Southwest State, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan has today met humanitarian agencies operating in Southwest State at the presidential palace. The President discussed with the agencies the recurring drought in the region and how to help those affected by the drought. The President emphasized the need to support farmers affected by the drought and reach those displaced by the ravaging drought.
The President said they will work on how to secure the road linking Mogadishu to Baidoa. In the past, the Southwest State President requested the Federal Government of Somalia and the command of the African Union Mission in Somalia to help in securing the road.
27 February – Source: AMISOM – 581 Words
Somali women parliamentarians are attending a three-day workshop to discuss their legislative roles in relation to women and child rights. The workshop, organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with the support of the British Embassy in Mogadishu, is being attended by women parliamentarians from both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Federal Parliament.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, yesterday, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, lauded the MPs for attending the training noting that the legislators from both chambers of parliament have a crucial role to play in promoting human rights, gender equality and child protection. “What you have come to do here is fundamental in ensuring that you anchor issues of governance in our good country of Somalia on the issues of gender equality, observance of human rights and observance of child protection,” Mr. Mulongo stated.
The DSRCC said understanding of human rights will also ensure that young people are protected from exploitation and raised in a manner that will guarantee a peaceful and stable Somalia that respects equality. Mr. Mulongo urged the MPs not be complacent but instead join hands in the fight for the protection of the rights of the vulnerable. “These tenets that we are talking about on issues of gender, child protection and ensuring that the government integrates them into their policies and development plans, will not come on a silver plate. You will have to stand up and fight for them and ensure that they are integrated,” the DSRCC noted.
28 February – Source: Xinhuanet – 91 Words
At least five Al-Shabaab militants were killed on Tuesday during heavy fighting between the group and Somali National Army (SNA) in Gedo region of southwest Somalia, local authorities said. Deputy Governor of Gedo region, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, told reporters that Somali National Army carried out the operation that targeted the militants’ strongholds near Bardhere town in the region. “Somali National Army killed five Al-Shabaab terrorists and injured several others today. They attempted to resist and fought with SNA forces, but were defeated. Two of our soldiers sustained minor injuries,” Hussein said.
OPINION, ANALYSIS & CULTURE
“The fact that Somali authorities, diaspora, civil society and the private sector, with the support of international partners backed by unprecedented financial support from donors of $1.3 billion, could avert a likely famine in 2017 is partially attributable to the broader footprint and better working environment that exists today compared to 2011,”
28 February- Source: Hiiraan Online – 805 Words
Efforts that focus on making people less vulnerable to shocks by building their resilience have long been viewed as a way to link emergency response and long-term development aid. These linkages which address the root causes of a crisis are particularly critical for sustaining life in a protracted emergency like Somalia. So, it was fitting that on 30 January 2018, the Resilience and Recovery Framework (RRF) was launched in tandem with the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Somalia.
The framework will not only provide medium to long-term options to finance and implement recovery interventions, it will also define policies and institutional arrangements needed to support ways to make people resilient. This joined-up approach is the realization of a central theme of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit and the directive of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for ‘A New Way of Working’ between humanitarians and development actors.However, the road to more joined-up planning in Somalia didn’t start in 2018.
Shortly before my arrival in Mogadishu as the head of office for OCHA Somalia in May 2012, Somalia had emerged from a famine in the southern and central parts of the country, which had killed an estimated 258,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis had sought refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya; and people remained extremely vulnerable.
Efforts to help people were hampered by severe access constraints and the limited capacity at the then newly formed federal government. However, even during the Transitional Government of Somalia’s tenure (which ended with the election of Hassan Sheik Mahmud in September 2012 and led to the establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia), the concept of enhancing resilience to foster recovery was already being explored by Somali actors and international partners.
The intention to implement programmes that built people’s resilience was reflected in the three-year US$ 4 billion Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) produced by the humanitarian system, which was supported by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The 2013-2015 Somalia CAP, was one of the first multi-year humanitarian planning processes in the world. It was launched in Mogadishu on 4 December 2012 by the new Minister of Interior, Abdikarem Guled, for the newly installed Federal Government.
@sntvnews1: The minister of finance @DrBeileh addressing the media on his monthly report said the Government of #Somaliawelcomes the #IMF report on the financial management systems in #Somalia and urges the citizens to pay taxes @IMFNews@MofSomalia
@HarunMaruf: Two security alerts warned of potential complex Al-Shabab attacks on Mogadishu Airport and two hotels locating on Maka Al-Mukarrama road on February 26 and 27. New security warnings come after Friday’s complex attacks in Mogadishu which killed over 40 people. #Somalia
@HarunMaruf: U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who visited Mogadishu a few days ago, says Somali Govt doesn’t have the confidence of its people, while Al-Shabab is collecting taxes, adjudicating disputes outside the capital; says US must do more i.e. economic support
@informer_ke: Secrets behind miraa business rivalry to Somalia at Wilson Airport, JKIA – http://theinformer.co.ke/
@Binmagan: The World Bank group (2016 data on Somalia – Agricultural sector survey) estimates that agriculture provides 60 percent of Somalia’s GDP, 80 percent of its employment and 90 percent of its exports.
@engyarisow: Capacity building to our Public Financial Management team is key to good governance and fighting corruption
IMAGE OF THE DAY
Southwest State President, Shariff Hassan meets aid agencies operating in the region.