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Child killed in Nairobi church attack

By   /  September 30, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-An explosion at St. Polycarp ACK church in Nairobi has left one child dead and five others injured, according to police. “So far, we can confirm that one child has succumbed to injuries,” Nairobi police boss Mr Moses Ombati told reporters. “Other victims were injured in a stampede after the incident,” he added. […]

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Cholera outbreak kills 35 people along Kenya and Somalia border

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Listen At least 35 people have been confirmed dead following cholera outbreak along the Kenyan-Somali border mainly in a settlement close to the border with Somalia. Among those who have died are 10 Kenyans who had moved with their animals across Somalia in search of water and pasture. Some deaths have occurred on the Somalia […]

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MPs seek buffer zone after Kismayu take over

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Listen Kenya will now effectively engage in the stabilisation of neighbouring Somalia following the capture of Kismayu, career diplomat and MP Mohammed Abdi Affey said on Friday. Congratulating the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) defence forces, Affey said Kenya will now help the newly inaugurated Somalia Federal Government […]

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SA-linked military firm loses anti-piracy contract

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Listen Controversial SA-linked private military operator Sterling Corporate Services, aka Saracen International, has lost its anti-piracy contract in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland. The termination comes in the midst of strenuous criticism by the UN’s Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) of SCS’s handling of its United Arab Emirates-funded contract to train a paramilitary […]

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Three ‘al-Shabaab’ suspects found in possession of a hand grenade

By   /  September 30, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Three terror suspects were arraigned in western Kenya’s court in Kitale late Friday after found in possession of a hand grenade. The prosecution told the court that the suspects, Chanto Loseroyit, Stephen Kiriwai and Olutengei Kongeni (all of Pokot origin), were on Sept. 26 found with a hand grenade in an attempt to cause […]

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Alshabab rebels pull out of Kismayo bastion

By   /  September 29, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia’s Alshabab rebels withdrew from their last major bastion of Kismayo overnight, the group and residents said, a day after Kenyan and Somali government forces attacked the southern port. “We moved out our fighters … from Kismayo at midnight,” Alshabab spokesman, Ali Mohamud Rage, told reporters. He threatened to strike back soon. “The […]

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New UNDP report: Empowerment of young people key to Somalia’s well-being

By   /  September 29, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The future of Somalia and the well-being of its people rests significantly on empowering its large youth population, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report said Friday. The report, entitled the Somalia Human Development Report 2012: Empowering youth for peace and development, was launched by the UNDP on the sidelines of the annual […]

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Somalia overpowering al-Shabaab but old rivalries pose new threat

By   /  September 29, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                   By any measure it is a stunning reversal. Three years ago Somalia‘s central “government” controlled little more than a square mile of the capital, Mogadishu, while Islamist militants began to impose strict sharia law on most of the country. Today it is al-Shabaab that has […]

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Fear of fighting forces malnourished children to leave MSFs Kismayo feeding centre

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Listen The last children under treatment for severe malnutrition today left the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) feeding centre in the southern Somali city of Kismayo as parents fear the impact of imminent fighting on the city. Over recent weeks, the threat of armed conflict has significantly disrupted the limited healthcare activities, referral systems and access […]

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UN agency combats public health threats at world’s largest refugee camp

By   /  September 29, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The United Nations refugee agency has launched extensive health measures to combat an outbreak of jaundice in the world’s largest refugee camp, located in northern Kenya. Four people have died among 223 confirmed cases of acute jaundice at the five camps of the Dadaab complex, where more than 473,000 people are living in overcrowded […]

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