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Kenya police free two Alshabab suspects

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenyan police released two individuals suspected to have link with Somali militant group, Alshabab, without charge on Tuesday. Sylvester Owino Opiyo alias Musa Osodo and Hussein Nderitu Abbas alias Mohammed were set free, as their lawyer Chaacha Mwita confirmed the development, saying his two clients who were arrested on the Dec. 24 were […]

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Turkish Doctors Reach Out to Africa

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen As an arm of Turkish soft power and growing regional influence, civil society organisations and doctors are leading the way to make a measurable impact on the ground in Africa. The Turkey branch of the prominent doctors’ organisation Yeryüzü Doktorları (Doctors Worldwide – DWW) has been active in Africa since 2000 in such places […]

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Season of rape in Somalia: ‘Climate of fear’ sweeps IDP camps’

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The number of reported rapes in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, has risen sharply, creating “a climate of fear”, according to a civil society source. “We have had the problem of rape in the city but what we are witnessing now is on a scale never seen before,” […]

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Somalia: US bank move highlights importance of remittances

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The welfare of hundreds of thousands of Somalis who depend on financial assistance from the diaspora is at risk following a decision by a US bank to close down accounts of Somali money transfer companies in the state of Minnesota by 30 December, according to local and international sources. Somalis, both in Somalia and […]

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Ethiopia sentences Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-An Ethiopian court sentenced two Swedish journalists on Tuesday to 11 years in prison for helping and promoting the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group and entering the country illegally, a judge said. The two men, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, were detained in July after they entered Ethiopia from Somalia […]

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Somali hip-hop band fighting al-Shabaab for hearts and minds

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Guardian)-Shine Ali doesn’t scare easily. If he did, he would not be with his band in a basement studio in Nairobi, rapping lyrics that challenge the Islamist rebels who control much of his homeland, Somalia – and whose reach extends deep into the Kenyan capital. Ali is well aware of the risks he […]

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Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp on Edge After Series of Attacks

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Voice of America)-The United Nations says aid agencies have had to further reduce services at the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya after a series of attacks targeting security forces in the area. Refugees at the camp say police are now going door-to-door to look for those responsible. At least three policemen have […]

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Violence in Somalia Continues to Take Toll on Children, Refugees

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Despite improvements to famine-related mortality, violence in Somalia and Kenya has forced the suspension of aid operations in at least one camp and three Somali aid workers have been killed. The last week has been a turbulent one in the Horn of Africa. Only days after the humanitarian agencies temporarily suspended relief operations in […]

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Eritrea seeks neutral UN monitoring body, lift to sanctions

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen The Eritrean government has called on the UN Security Council to re-establish a UN monitoring group on Somalia accusing the existing panel of being “biased”. Eritrea Foreign Minister Osman Saleh sent a letter, requesting that the sanctions against them be lifted, last week to Security Council’s current chair, Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin. A UN […]

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Save the Children hails East Africa appeal

By   /  December 26, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen London (Alshahid)-Save the Children has announced its emergency appeal for East Africa has become the most successful in the charity’s history. The aid agency has raised more than £7 million in public donations since launching the appeal in July, overtaking the previous record of £6.8 million raised for the Asian tsunami. The money raised […]

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