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The persistent drought in Somalia that boosted the influx into Dadaab refugee camps

By   /  September 6, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Dadaab (Alshahid)-The crippling drought in the Horn of Africa has affected about 11 million people in a region straddling Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But it’s Somalia that has been hit hardest. On July this year, the United Nations declared a famine in two parts of the lawless nation – Lower Shabelle and Bakool in […]

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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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Long Term Solutions for Drought Prevention in Somalia

By   /  August 23, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Almost every year, there is a drought in one part of Somalia or in another. Consequently, the current famine is caused by a longstanding drought that has been spreading throughout the Eastern Horn of Africa. Deeper consequences, however, have long been experienced in other episodes. Contrary to the view that, for example, the present […]

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Somalia – a future beyond famine

By   /  August 12, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Starving children stare at us from newspaper pages every day now in wide-eyed, mute appeal. Somalia is again in the grip of a humanitarian disaster, the world’s largest at this time. When we visited the region in the last weeks, we were both shocked by the suffering and impressed by the resilience of the […]

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Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining

By   /  August 12, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen By Abukar Arman The painfully haunting pictures of severely malnourished children on the verge of death, transmitted through all forms of media tell a horrific tale of human misery. The scope and the level of urgency is abundantly clear to all those who have compassion and heart. However, with the darkest clouds hanging over […]

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Al Shabab’s American Connection

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  2 Comments

Listen A recent suicide bombing by a Somali-American from Minnesota comes on the heels of 18 Somalis charged with recruiting young Somali-American men for al-Shabab, Somalia’s brutal Islamist terror group. Both incidents underscore the growing threat posed by al-Shabab’s pipeline into America’s Somali community. According to al-Shabab leaders, 25-year-old Somali-American, Abdullahi Ahmed, detonated himself last […]

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U.S. Relies on Contractors in Somalia Conflict

By   /  August 11, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Richard Rouget,  a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia. A husky former French Army officer, Mr. Rouget, 51, commanded a group of foreign fighters during Ivory Coast’s civil war in 2003, was convicted by a South African court […]

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Nuruddin Farah: In Somalia, food is used as a weapon

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen If the past is anything to go by, TVs the world over will show heart-wrenching pictures of malnourished Somali babies with distended kwashiorkor bellies; of flies feeding on their eyes; of mouths sucking at milkless breasts. Environmental experts will pontificate on the recurrent droughts in Somalia. Aid organizations will canvass the world’s rich for […]

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Why Western Aid Won’t Save Somalia

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Sarah Kenyon Lischer If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph. Instead, ruthless leaders engage […]

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Should Somalia be allowed to join East African Community? Most decidedly

By   /  August 9, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By WILLIAM OCHIENG In a paper which I read at a recent conference at Maseno University, I argued that as we prepare to admit the new independent state of South Sudan into the East African Community, we should not forget Somalia. I argued that geographically shielded from the African continent by Kenya and Ethiopia, […]

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