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Kenya: UN monitoring group’s report divides Muslim leaders

By   /  August 2, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  1 Comment

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-A Muslim leader in Kenya has asked his colleagues to read and understand the United Nations report on funding of Alshabab activities at a Nairobi mosque before criticizing it. Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council (Kemnac) chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao said as leaders they should not criticize the report that was released last week […]

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Like one big family, Somalis help homeland

By   /  August 2, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen War, famine and a devastating drought in their homeland prompted members of the Somali Community Association of Windsor to pack their King Street community centre for a fundraising dinner Saturday. Nearly $74,000 was raised, including a single $30,000 donation from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. “The turnout is beyond all of our […]

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Sudan announces ’substantial’ aid package to Somalia

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Listen Khartoum (Alshahid)-Sudan said Monday it was ready to provide assistance for Somalia, which is facing grinding famine due to violence and drought. The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir told his Somali counterpart Sharif Sheikh Ahmed that his government will provide substantial aid to the drought-stricken country where many parts have been declared as famine […]

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AU to organize donor summit on Somalia famine

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Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-The African Union (AU) is to organize a donor conference later this month in a bid to raise money for millions of drought-affected people in Somalia. AU Deputy Chairman Erasmus Mwencha said African heads of states, regional economic blocs and international organizations would gather at the AU’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, […]

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Famine to spread further in Somalia: UN

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Listen New York (Alshahid)-The famine in the Horn of Africa is spreading and may soon engulf as many as six more regions of Somalia, the U.N. humanitarian aid chief said on Monday. Some “12.4 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are in dire need of help and the situation is getting worse,” U.N. […]

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EAC: Talk to Tanzania govt, you’ll get food

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

Listen The East African Community Secretariat wants its hunger-stricken partner states to contact Tanzania for emergency food procurement. EAC Director for Economics Dr Nyamajeje Weggoro, told The EastAfrican that under the Common Market protocol, the partner states with food surplus are required to remove non-tariff barriers to allow free movement of food within the region. […]

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AMISOM foils suicide attack in Mogadishu

By   /  August 1, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Press Release by AMISOM Spokesman: Two suicide bombers dressed in Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) uniform were killed today before they were able to detonate their suicide vests. They had attempted to infiltrate behind the frontline held by AMISOM in Mogadishu. The incident happened behind the frontline, in Wardhigley district, near Florenza Junction. In […]

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Somali lawmaker gunned down in Mogadishu

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Armed men shot dead a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu on Sunday evening, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to hit Somalia’s war-ravaged capital. Khalif Jire Warfa, 54, was gunned down in North Mogadishu in Hamar Weyne district after he left Marwaz mosque on Sunday evening, officials said. The late Warfa was […]

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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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THE DROUGHT AND FAMINE IN SOUTHERN SOMALIA: “ONLY PEACE AND AN IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

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Listen OPEN LETTER TO THE EXCELLENCES: THE SOMALI PRESIDENT SHEIKH SHARIF SHEIKH AHMED, THE PRIME MINISTER ABDIWELI MOHAMED ALI, THE SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT SHARIF HASSAN SHEIKH ADAM, THE LEADER OF HARAKAT AL-SHABAAB AL-MUJAHIDEEN AMIIR AHMED GODANE, AND THE UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOMALIA AUGUSTINE MAHIGA BY: DR KHALIF BILE   Excellencies: The world is […]

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