Joint Press Statement: AU and UN envoys call for increased measures to combat sexual violence in Somalia

Speaking at a high level panel discussion on sexual violence in Somalia the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay and the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC), Maman S. Sidikou made a joint call for increased measures to protect Somalia’s women and girls and reiterated their commitment to support efforts to […]

Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia

A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list is in the custody of the Somali government, U.S. officials said. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was detained shortly after prosecutors unsealed a warrant for his arrest and the FBI added […]

EXCLUSIVE: Canada helping Brits buy ‘Bosnian’ and ‘Somali’ targets for shooting practice

HALIFAX – British soldiers training in Canada will soon be firing at foam targets with names like “Bosnian Male RPG” and “Somali Male AK 47″. A notice of procurement published on the Government of Canada’s website on Feb. 24 shows an order for 650 of the targets with ethnic descriptions that some are calling offensive. […]

30,000 Somali Settlers in Minnesota Stressing Welfare System

The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs. But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is […]

New Alberta-wide Somali TV show will connect community, says host

EDMONTON – People in Alberta’s Somali community will hear their own stories in their own voices on a Somali-language television news program airing Sundays, says the show’s host. The half-hour Omni television show, called Somalis in Alberta, started in September. Organizers hope to expand the Somali-language program to an hour-long show, said Jaamac, 38, who […]

Kenya to build a wall on Somali border to keep out al-Shabaab

Kenya is going to build a wall. Not just any wall, but a “separation barrier”, to employ the euphemism coined by Israel to describe the towering, snaking structure that now separates it from Palestine’s West Bank. Kenya’s version will be built along sections of its notoriously porous border with Somalia. A physical rendering in bricks, […]

The plight of Ethiopian migrants in Somalia

Bossaso, Somalia – Ankles deep in brown canal water, freshly plucked green weeds in both muddy hands, Abdi Muse Kalon cannot stop grinning. He says life here has given him a second chance – a better chance. Risking his life, Kalon walked for more than four months from Ethiopia to get to Bossaso, a port […]

Halt of Remittances Threatens Stability in Somalia

Last week, the last U.S. bank accepting money transfers from Somali immigrants to relatives living back home officially halted all transactions. Government institutions have made it a priority to monitor these cash transfers more closely, including investigating banks when transfer agencies they service have been caught sending cash to illicit recipients. The U.S. Treasury Department […]

Somali president survives mortar attack

Mogadisgu – At least three mortars landed inside Somalia’s heavily fortified presidential palace compound on Thursday, a Somali police officer said. A number of people were wounded in the attack that was claimed by Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab through the group’s radio station, Andulus. Somalia’s security ministry said that the mortars were mostly aimed […]

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a child, Noor Dubow fled war in his homeland of Somalia. Growing up, he fought constantly against hunger while living in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. Today, he wears a tie to work, goes to school at night, and lives in a tightknit Somali community in America’s heartland. But Dubow, […]

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