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US special forces aid in search for notorious Kony

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Listen Kampala (Alshahid)-The lush, green forests of central Africa has long been the playground and refuge of the continent’s most-notorious warlord, Joseph Kony. Obo was the first place in the Central African Republic that Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army attacked in 2008; today, it’s one of four forward operating locations where US special forces have paired […]

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Charity warns of new hunger crisis

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Listen East Africa is facing a “double-dip” hunger crisis that could plunge millions of people back into emergency levels of hunger and malnutrition, Save the Children has warned. Early warning systems and the aid agency’s own analysis suggest that unless immediate preventative action is taken, any improvements in the situation following last year’s catastrophic food […]

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Oil can be a boon for Somalia

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Listen By Nima Khorrami Assl Ever since the fall of the Somalia’s pro-US president, Mohammad Siad Barre, in 1991, the country has been in a state of chaos and disorder. In the absence of a central authority, tribal conflicts, warlordism, and a resurgent militancy in the form of Al Shabab have come to dominate and […]

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Charity Kimse Yok Mu thanks donors for support to Somalia, Van

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Listen Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), a Turkish charity, brought together a number of donors and special guests on Saturday to thank them for their support to famine-stricken Somalia and Turkey’s earthquake-hit province of Van. Kimse Yok Mu, which has organized a number of fundraising campaigns and aid initiatives for Somalia and Van, expressed […]

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Somalia, Museveni, and militarising the region

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Listen This continuation of a conversation between The Independent’s Andrew Mwenda and Mubatsi A. Habati and leading political philosopher, Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, focuses on regional issues. Prof. Mamdani, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Burundi have troops in Somalia. It is the first time Kenya has troops in a foreign country. What do you think are the […]

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One man killed and 15 injured at a church in Nairobi

By   /  April 29, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-At least one person was killed and a dozen wounded in a grenade attack at a church in the Kenyan capital on Sunday, police said. The area police chief, Joseph Gichangi, said there had been “one fatality”, and later police estimates put the number of injured at 15. According to witnesses a young […]

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South Sudan’s EAC membership to be decided later

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Listen Arusha (Alshahid)-The five East African Community (EAC) heads of state who converged in Arusha on Saturday directed the Council of Ministers to come up with a verification report by November, this year, regarding an admission request of South Sudan. The meeting was attended by Presidents Mwai Kibaki of Kenya (Summit Chairman),Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, […]

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South African security trainer killed in northern Somalia

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Listen Bosaso (Alshahid)-A South African security trainer was killed by his Somali bodyguard in the Somalia’s State of Puntland, officials said Saturday. The South African identified as Lodewyk Pietersen, worked for Saracen International, a security firm that trains anti-piracy forces in Puntland. Puntland’s authority said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into […]

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Somali pirates get $150 million in ransoms in 2011

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Listen Somali pirates took in a record of almost $150 million in ransom last year but their ship seizures have dropped significantly since mid-2011, the head of the European Union’s anti-piracy fleet said Friday. Rear Adm. Duncan Potts credited the drop in ship takeovers on the shipping industry’s adoption of “best management practices,” a significant […]

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African Union to deploy police in Mogadishu

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Listen African Union (AU) is planning to deploy police officers in Mogadishu, the bloc’s Deputy Special Representative to Somalia has said. Mr Wafula Wamunyinyi said Thursday the AU was going to deploy personnel to police stations in Mogadishu. Mr Wamunyinyi added that the police officers from Nigeria and Sierra Leone were going to assist their […]

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