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Somali Education Minister: Somalia needs remedy, not band-aid

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

Listen Somali Education Minister Ahmet Aidid İbrahim, in an exclusive interview with Today’s Zaman on Thursday in İstanbul, said that drought-stricken Somalia needs a sustainable remedy from the international community, not a mere band-aid. “My country has been struggling for twenty years because of civil war and a lack of law and order,” İbrahim said […]

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North Eastern Kenya Hit by Dengue Fever Outbreak

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Listen Mandera (Alshahid)-An outbreak of dengue fever in the North Eastern Kenyan town of Mandera, close to the Somalia and Ethiopia borders, has affected more than 1,000 people, according to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dengue fever is a disease spread by mosquitoes. The outbreak was confirmed […]

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Kenya’s deputy prime minister denies connections with Mungiki gang

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Listen The Hague (Alshahid)-On the 8th day of his confirmation of charges hearings before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday denied any connections with the politico-religious gang Mungiki which spread violence in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 elections. Uhuru who took the stand at the court instead put […]

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Uganda’s latest export? Peacekeepers

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Listen KAMPALA, Uganda — In Uganda, peacekeepers do it for the money. The chance to make hundreds of dollars in a month doesn’t come often in a country where many struggle with poverty, but it does come with the opportunity to be a peacekeeper — which is why many Ugandans are excited by the news […]

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Tourism ministers want EAC single visa

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Listen Mombasa (Alshahid)-East African Tourism ministers want the introduction of the East African Community (EAC) single tourist visa accelerated. The ministers who were attending the just concluded 4th Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Tourism and Wildlife Management in Mombasa, Kenya directed the Heads of Tourist Boards and Chiefs of Immigration to complete the […]

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Walk for Somalia passes through Port Hope, Cobourg

By   /  September 29, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen As the famine in East Africa devastates the region, 20 walkers aimed to raise awareness for the cause last week. “It seems like the world has forgotten about Somalia,” said Abdiqani Mohamed, one of the Walk for Somalia organizers. A group of 20 people who all have ancestral connections to Somalia, started the walk […]

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UN: Food Assistance reaching half of those in need

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The U.N. on Wednesday said food assistance has reached nearly half the Somalis in need, though it warned cases of diarrhea and cholera could spike with the seasonal rains expected in October. However, the report released by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that four million Somalis remain in […]

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Somalia: Pirates add billions to the cost of world trade

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Listen When Somali pirates crept aboard the Irene SL and took control of the Greek-owned oil tanker at about 7.30 in the morning of February 7, they caused a shock felt far beyond the vessel’s 25 unfortunate crew and their families. The Very Large Crude Carrier, with 2m barrels of oil sailing from Kuwait to […]

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Kenya to give Nobel laureate Maathai state funeral

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-President Kibaki on Wednesday directed that a State funeral be held in honour of the late Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai. The Head of State also declared two days of national mourning on Thursday and Friday during which flags will be flown at half-mast. “Wangari Maathai will be accorded a state funeral,” Kibaki said […]

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48 Kenyans rushed to hospital after gas leak

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-A leakage from a tank containing a toxic gas left 48 people admitted to hospital, some in critical condition in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The leakage emanated from a scrap metal yard after a worker there cut open a drum that contained the poisonous gas. Police officers then evacuated the area as […]

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