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Somalia: Shebab attack on Turkish military training center

The Somali terrorist group on Tuesday carried out a suicide attack on the TurkSom military academy near Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring two others. This is the first time that the Islamist movement has targeted this site inaugurated three years ago to train future Somali soldiers. The bomber is believed to have […]

Somalia: Women to make thirty percent of parliament members soon

The lower house has just approved a bill providing for a 30% quota for women in the Somali parliament. Although the parliament has yet to ratify the bill, it is one more step towards the feminization of politics in Somalia. It is a long-term struggle in a society that is both patriarchal and traditionalist, but […]

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Reconciliation dialogue started between Somalia and Somaliland in Djibouti

The presidents of Somalia and the former province of British Somalia that seceded in 1991, called Somaliland, met face to face for the first time on Sunday 14 June in Djibouti. Officially, it was a “consultation summit” intended, above all, to open negotiations on the conflictual relations between the two capitals. After being greeted on […]

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Ethiopia admits to have shot down ‘by error’ the Kenyan plane in Somali

Ethiopia admits that it shot down the Kenyan plane carrying humanitarian aid in south-west Somalia. The crash took place early last week and all six passengers, Kenyans and Somalis, died. The Ethiopian authorities speak of an error in a communiqué to the African Union. It was a private plane from African Express Airways. On board […]

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Kenyan plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia

Kenyan plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia

A Kenyan cargo plane crashed on April 4 in southern Somalia where it was on a humanitarian mission, killing all six people on board. The plane was carrying medical supplies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “The plane was about to land on the runway at Bardale when it crashed and caught fire. The […]

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Somalia, world’s most corrupt nation – Report

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) this week and Sub-Saharan Africa is perceived among the most corrupt regions with an average score of 32. Overall, more than two thirds of the world’s countries – along with many of the most advanced economies – are stagnating or showing signs of backsliding in […]

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Somalia: Car bomb leaves 79 people dead; UNSG condemns a horrendous attack

A car bomb exploded Saturday at a busy checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 79 people dead and scores more wounded. Many of the victims were students. Other civilians and soldiers are among the dead, police said. UN chief António Guterres has condemned the attack that he described as “a horrendous crime”, […]

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Somalia: US special forces base, Italian army convoy attacked

Somali militants on Monday staged twin attacks on a base where US special forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu.   The US base is located in the south of the East African nation, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Mogadishu.   […]

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Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

The Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO’s work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan – part of a new initiative to scale-up resilience-based development work in countries affected by protracted crises. In such contexts, humanitarian interventions often focus on meeting immediate and urgent needs, like providing […]

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AFRICOM raids Al-Shabab insurgents in Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted an airstrike on Al-Shabaab insurgents after they attacked a Somali patrol northwest of Kismayo, Lower Juba Province, Somalia on Sept. 17, AFRICOM said in a press release Wednesday. At this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed two terrorists, the Africa […]

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