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After more than 2 decades, U.S. recognizes Somalia

Fri, 2013-01-18 16:56 by admin

By Tom Watkins, CNN

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(CNN) -- For the first time in more than two decades, the United States has granted official recognition to the Somali government in Mogadishu.

Refugees fear insecurity in Kenya, return to Somalia

Sat, 2013-01-12 12:19 by admin
Newly arrived Somali refugees line up to wait for the reception center to open at Ifo settlement at Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camp, situated northeast of the capital Nairobi near the Somali border, September 1, 2011.

by Gabe Josselow

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NAIROBI — Rising insecurity in Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps is prompting hundreds of refugees to return home to Somalia. Residents of the camps say gangs of bandits have made life too difficult for many of those who came to escape war and famine.

Reverse brain drain: Heading home to Somalia

Thu, 2012-12-27 10:04 by admin
British-Somali woman Ayan Hussein stands behind the counter at her newly opened Kulan Art Cafe in Hargeisa. (Tristan McConnell/GlobalPost)

British-Somali woman Ayan Hussein stands behind the counter at her newly opened Kulan Art Cafe in Hargeisa. (Tristan McConnell/GlobalPost)

“There has to be some point in your life when you go back to look after your relatives and contribute to your country."

Tristan McConnell - December 26, 2012 06:25

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HARGEISA, Somalia — The Kulan Art Café is a bright airy place with murals and framed paintings by local artists, potted plants, fresh coffee and ice cream, homemade cakes and a menu featuring Western staples like pizza and hamburgers.

Sudanese refugee camp horrific, says MSF

Sat, 2012-07-14 08:59 by admin
Some 120,000 people have fled the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile state

Mortality rates in a refugee camp in South Sudan are nearly double the threshold for an emergency, Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned.

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This means that about eight children are dying every day in the camp, which houses 40,000 people from the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile state.

Kenyan Security Forces Face US Funding Ban

Sat, 2012-06-09 12:15 by admin

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News / Africa
Alex Pena

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NAIROBI – Kenyan military and police are at risk of losing United States government funding. A bill in the U.S. Senate Foreign Appropriations Committee says Kenya's history of human rights abuse is alarming and must be addressed.

Famine victims refused access to Kenya's showpiece refugee camp

Sat, 2011-09-24 14:48 by admin
GETTY – A woman walks past the makeshift huts of newly arrived Somalian refugees on the edge of the Dagahaley refugee camp

Authorities fear the new 'Ifo II' could be overwhelmed, reports Emily Dugan from Dadaab

Monday, 25 July 2011

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For years Bula Buqtu was the place where residents of Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp dumped the dead bodies of their parched animals. The graveyard acted as a physical reminder of the devastation that drought has wrought on the region.

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Somalis face hunger and fear in Kenya's refugee camps

Sat, 2011-09-24 14:39 by admin
A child suffering from severe malnutrition in the German-run hospital in the Ifo camp. Photograph: Matilde Gattoni for the Observer

Victims of war and drought are at the mercy of bandits as they trek miles across the desert to seek UN help. Then corrupt officials demand starving families pay for food

Matteo Fagotto
The Observer, Sunday 24 July 2011

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"It has been a terrible experience. There were eight of us and we had to survive on just a few kilos of flour for five days. Hunger and thirst haunted us during the whole journey."

In pictures: Kenya refugee camp

Sat, 2011-09-24 14:31 by admin
Children are particularly vulnerable.

Photos from Dadaab

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Kenya: I was told that I deserved to die—for being a female journalist

Sun, 2011-08-07 14:28 by Hans
Fatuma Noor

Fatuma Noor wins top journalism prize

As a Somali woman writing investigative stories, I face regular threats and my family's opposition

Fatuma Noor, Sunday 3 July 2011

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Kenyan journalist wins CNN 2011 award in
My Encounter with American-Somali Jihadist in Nairobi in—her article that won her the prize.

It's not always easy being a female investigative journalist, even in the west. But imagine going to do an interview and not being able to shake hands with the interviewee or indeed even being able to sit in front of him to ask questions.

Aid group: Hundreds of children fleeing drought arrive in Kenya daily

Sun, 2011-08-07 14:12 by admin
Nearly 1,300 people, including children, are arriving daily at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

Nearly 1,300 people, including children, are arriving daily at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 30, 2011 -- Updated 1058 GMT (1858 HKT)


  • About 10 million people are at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa region
  • The region faces the worst drought in 60 years, according to the United Nations
  • "Children have made long journeys in terrifying conditions," aid group says

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