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East African Drought: World Bank provides Kenya with $407mln

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The World Bank will provide $407 million to help Kenya respond to a drought that has left millions in the country hungry, it announced on Tuesday. It said a Bank Drought Response Mission led by Nathan Belete, sector leader in the Bank’s Sustainable Development Network, has concluded an extensive drought needs assessment in […]

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East Africa refugees get cash handouts

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Listen The United Nations refugee agency is raising concern that hundreds of independent charities are doing more harm than good at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp by handing out aid — including cash — to those who have fled the famine in the Horn of Africa. The agency UNHCR warns the unprecedented generosity is unco-ordinated and […]

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Iran sends 8th aid convoy to Somalia

By   /  August 31, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Iran has dispatched an 80-ton humanitarian aid shipment to famine-hit Somalia as part of attempts to help the people of the African country. The eighth relief aid consignment of the Islamic Republic to the Horn of Africa nation mostly includes medicine and sanitary items, Manager of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Public Relations Pouya […]

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Kenya teachers issue strike notice

By   /  August 31, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  3 Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya Teachers have issued a seven-day strike notice in a standoff between teachers’ unions and the Government over re-allocation of Sh5.5 billion meant for employment of new staff is deteriorating fast. The move is likely to create confusion ahead of next week’s reopening of schools for the third term. In a terse statement, […]

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Can Victory over Shabab Bring Permanent Peace in Somalia

By   /  August 30, 2011  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen For the last 20 years, from the collapse of the regime in 1991 till 2011, Somalia does not have a central government. The Northern Region, formerly British Protectorate which gained independence in on 26 June 1960, declared unilateral independence in 1993, breaking away from the rest of the Republic of Somalia which it joined […]

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Muslims around the world end fasting, celebrate Eid ul-Fitr

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Muslims in the world ended the fasting month of Ramadan on Tuesday with prayers and festival that marks the celebration of the Eid ul-Fitr. “Eid-al- Fitr” marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan will be on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011, a statement on Saudi state television quoting the Kingdom’s Judicial Council […]

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Over 50 feared dead as landslide hits eastern Uganda

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Listen Kampala (Alshahid)-Over 50 people are feared dead after a series of landslides swept through two villages in eastern Uganda. Heavy rains triggered the landslides in the mountainous district of Bulambuli, 270km northeast of the capital, Kampala, yesterday morning, local officials and aid agencies said, leaving hundreds homeless as rescue workers scoured the scene for […]

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Kenya’s anti-graft boss and team to leave office in one week

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Patrick Lumumba and his four deputy directors have been ordered to hand over office to principal administrators at the anti-graft agency with seven days. The chairman of the KACC Advisory Board Okong’o Omogeni said the action was to allow a transition to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption […]

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Grenade attack damages Puntland radio station

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Listen Authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland should conduct a thorough investigation into a grenade attack against a private radio station that left a security guard injured and the station damaged, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “This is the second attack on Radio Daljir,” said CPJ East Africa Coordinator Tom Rhodes. “We call […]

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KENYA-SOMALIA: Border town feels the refugee pressure

By   /  August 30, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen As Somali refugees continue to pour into Kenya, pressure is mounting on the government to quickly re-open a transit centre to not only ease their hardship but to take pressure off residents of Liboi, a border town closest to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex. Kenyans hosting the new arrivals, donors, human rights organizations […]

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