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Mysterious fire guts down police station in N. Kenya

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen                                       Garissa (Alshahid)-Fire whose cause has not yet been established gutted down the Garissa police station near the border with Somalia on Tuesday evening. The mysterious fire that started at around 19:45 local time razed six […]

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Somalia favours firms with pre-1991 deals for oil exploration

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somalia, hoping to share in East Africa’s oil and gas boom, has invited back international oil companies that held exploration licences before civil war broke out two decades ago, an adviser to the government said. Abdullahi Haider, a senior adviser to Somalia’s Ministry of Energy, said the country would honour contracts signed prior to […]

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UN refugee award goes to Somalia

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The 2012 Nansen refugee award has been awarded to Somalia’s Hawa Aden Mohamed for her tireless work in building training centers for displaced young women and girls in Somalia. In granting recognition to Hawa Mohamed, the UN refugee agency, said she had taken extraordinary steps to empower thousands of displaced Somali women and girls, […]

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Floods displace thousands in Beletweyne

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Several people have been killed and thousands displaced after heavy rains in central Somalia’s Hiiraan Region caused the Shabelle River to burst its banks. The worst affected areas are around the town of Beletweyne, the provincial headquarters of Hiiraan. “Flooding in Beletweyne took place late at night between 27 and 28 September… While flooding […]

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Kenya urged not to repatriate Somali refugees

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The international medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is raising a storm over plans by the Kenyan government to repatriate Somali refugees, saying the security conditions on the ground are not yet conducive for their well being. MSF Head of Mission in Kenya Dr. Elena Velilla told journalists in Nairobi that the military […]

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Somalia, AMISOM troops move into Kismayo

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia and AMISOM troops are reported to have entered the key Somali port of Kismayo for the first time since a beach assault forced Islamist militiamen to flee the city. Kismayo was the Alshabab militants’ last major stronghold. Witnesses said that Kenyan troops from the African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) had entered […]

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Kenya switch off 1.4mn fake mobile handsets

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-On Monday, Kenya’s move to crackdown on counterfeit mobile phones went into effect, with phone subscribers using any fake hand device would see their services cut. The country-wide crackdown could see thousands of customers have no mobile phone access starting Monday. The Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that more than 1.4 […]

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A rare opportunity for Somalia – and the world

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen By Wadah Khanfar Amid the flurry of international concern over the European economic crisis, the American elections, the controversy surrounding Iran and the fallout from the Arab spring, it is important not to ignore Somalia. There is a rare opportunity taking shape there that deserves international support. The crisis in Somalia poses a danger […]

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For most Somalis, the only answer is flee

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                                           Half of Somalia’s population wants out of the impoverished, conflict-stricken nation even as it takes the first steps to shed its reputation as the world’s most failed state, a new UN report says. […]

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Two Kenyan police officers shot dead in Garissa

By   /  October 1, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Garissa (Alshahid)-Two Kenyan Administration Police (AP) officers were on Sunday evening shot dead by unknown assailants in Garissa town. The officers were on patrol when they were attacked and shot from behind, AP spokesman Masoud Munyi said. The assailants then grabbed the officers’ guns and fled. Provincial police boss Philip Tuimur said a massive […]

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