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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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The unholy alliance in Somalia: Media, donors and aid agencies

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  2 Comments

Listen By Rasna Warah The season of giving has started — and it not even Christmas yet. Leading international aid agencies, including the United Nations, Oxfam, Save the Children and Islamic Relief UK, have launched massive campaigns to save the thousands of Somalis who are facing hunger in their own country and in refugee camps […]

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With famine in Somalia, a case of leadership (not compassion) fatigue

By   /  August 4, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen There’s a narrative that goes something like this: Emotive media images and tired tales of famine-causing drought in Somalia have created “compassion fatigue,” a type of onlooker’s paralysis that dulls the fury and utter indignation that would otherwise motivate action. That’s an insult, particularly with reference to the American public. Think such images don’t […]

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Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea, complete with unhinged president

By   /  August 1, 2011  /  Columnists, East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen By SIMON ALLISON It’s not every day that a UN report accuses a country of terrorism. UN reports tend to be dry and flavourless, filled with prevarications and hedging of bets. This latest, from the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, is different. Alongside a number of interesting observations in its 415 pages […]

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