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UN Says 826 Somali Refugees Return Home From Kenya

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen The UN refugee agency said Wednesday that some 826 Somali refugees living in northern Kenya have voluntarily returned home since a pilot project was launched on Dec. 8 last year. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its bi- weekly Update that a total of 341 individuals returned to Somalia in January, […]

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Three men jailed for an attempt to establish Islamic State in Ethiopia

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Reports from Addis-Ababa indicate that three individuals accused off attempting to establish an Islamic State in Ethiopia have been sentenced in An Ethiopian Court. Two British nationals and a Somali man were found guilty and were sentenced to an imprisonment between four and seven years for terrorism related charges,Ethiopian radio Fana aired. The reports […]

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53rd Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers

By   /  January 10, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 53rd Extraordinary Session on Somalia on 10 January 2015 at Hotel SYL in Mogadishu. The Council meeting was officially opened by H.E President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia. H.E Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake presided over the closing session. The Council meeting […]

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Somalia locks down capital ahead of East Africa summit

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Somali soldiers put large parts of the capital Mogadishu under lockdown Friday ahead of the first meeting of a regional east African trade bloc in the war-torn nation for over two decades. “Security has been tightened because of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) delegation,” said Daud Aweys, spokesman for the presidential palace, as […]

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Kenya’s security act threatens refugees

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Human rights groups are warning that Kenya’s controversial Security Amendment Act still poses a threat to refugees’ rights despite a high courtdecision on Friday that suspends parts of the bill for 30 days pending a full court hearing. The suspension included a section of the wide-ranging bill, popularly known as the ‘anti-terror’ law, that […]

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Kenya court suspends key parts of draconian security law

By   /  January 3, 2015  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Kenya’s High Court suspended key parts of a controversial new national security law Friday that the opposition had warned risked turning the east African nation into a dictatorship. High Court Judge George Odunga announced that eight sections of the new anti-terrorism law would be suspended because of human rights concerns. The move follows a […]

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Ethiopian soldiers could replace Sierra Leone troops in Somalia: president

By   /  December 23, 2014  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Ethiopia is willing to deploy more troops to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia rather than rotating in another group from Sierra Leone, given Ebola fears, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Monday. A group awaiting deployment from Freetown was placed in quarantine in October after one of its members tested positive for […]

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Militants attack bus on Kenyan coast, no injuries

By   /  December 21, 2014  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Islamist gunmen on Saturday opened fire on a passenger bus along the Kenyan coast but fled without injuring anyone, witnesses and officials said, nearly a month after Shebab militants executed 28 non-Muslim bus passengers in the country. After stopping the bus by shooting its tyres, three of the attackers climbed on board and identified […]

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Four killed after Maasai and Somalia herdsman clash at Kinango

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen At least four people were killed and several others injured after two pastoralist communities fought over pasture in Kenya’s coastal region of Kinango, local official said on Thursday. Kwale County Commissioner Evans Achoki said the two communities are demanding ownership of ranches in the area and killed two Somali headsmen and two Maasai when […]

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Angry lawmakers force delay in vote on Kenyan security law

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

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Listen Kenyan opposition lawmakers disrupted a vote on Thursday to authorize tough terrorism-related measures that rights activists say threaten civil liberties and free speech, forcing the parliamentary speaker to postpone the session. Television footage showed members of the opposition yelling, tearing up papers and shouting down the speaker of parliament, Justin Muturi, who then suspended […]

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