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Phone app to help refugees track kin

Fri, 2011-06-24 10:25 by admin


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 - Safaricom and Ericsson have launched an initiative that will allow refugees who have been separated from their families, search and find their relatives.

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Ericsson MD Craig Hosken says the application has been used in other countries and has proven very reliable.

Somalia's starving driven into violent Mogadishu

Sun, 2011-06-19 13:36 by admin
A million people are thought to have been killed during 20 years of war.

By Pete Greste
BBC News, Somalia

Despite reports that the humanitarian crisis in Somalia is easing after 20 years of war, it remains the ultimate failed state—a land of banditry and piracy, where crop failures and a shortage of food force people into the violent city of Mogadishu.

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The mayor of Mogadishu insists his city is not the most dangerous place in the world.

Dadaab—No room for Somali refugees in Kenya camp

Fri, 2011-06-10 14:59 by admin
A Somali refugee woman who just arrived at the Dagahaley camp, walks past makeshift shelters, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoy

Photo: A Somali refugee woman who just arrived at the Dagahaley camp, walks past makeshift shelters, in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoy

Source: alertnet // Katy Migiro

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NAIROBI (AlertNet) – A humanitarian emergency is unfolding in the world’s biggest refugee camp in Kenya, where malnourished children arriving from Somalia wait unsheltered in the desert for an average of 12 days to be given food, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said in a report on Thursday.

Help end Female Genital Mutlilation in Somalia and everywhere

Tue, 2010-12-21 18:14 by admin
Scene in Somalia from the movie, "Desert Flower"

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… the issue [in Somalia and elsewhere] is female genital mutilation (FGM), a hellacious practice in which at least 150 million women and girls in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and, yes, America are horribly mutilated. (In case you didn't know, it, the operation is performed on 6,000 girls in America every day). The issue was recently brought to my attention at a screening of Desert Flower, which is set to open in movie theaters soon.

UN urges Kenya not to send back Somali refugees

Sun, 2010-11-07 14:20 by admin
Militants belonging to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab militia


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GENEVA — The UN refugee agency made an urgent appeal to Kenya Wednesday not to turn back Somalis fleeing across the border from fighting between a pro-government militia and Islamist Shebab fighters.

Insurance firms plan private navy to take on Somali pirates

Wed, 2010-09-29 15:03 by admin
A Somali, part armed militia, part pirate, carries his high-caliber weapon on a beach in the central Somali town of Hobyo [GETTY]

Patrol boats crewed by armed guards to protect valuable ships in Gulf of Aden

By Cahal MiImo, Chief Reporter

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

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Insurers have drawn up plans for the world’s first private navy to try to turn the tide against Somali pirates who continue to plague the global shipping industry by hijacking vessels for ransoms of more than £100m a year, The Independent has learnt.

Somalia: The Next Afghanistan?

Sun, 2010-09-19 20:38 by admin
Somali fighters

By Jamal Daiani
SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, 12:00 PM

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Somalia has not had an effective government for almost 20 years. The Somali government has struggled to gain relevancy, but it has been plagued by corruption and has been battling warlords and militant groups such as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab.

Islamist militias target Somali World Cup watchers

Tue, 2010-06-15 17:47 by admin
A Somali football fan adjusts the Television set for the group D game between Ghana and Serbia · Photo: EPA

Residents: Islamist militias target Somali World Cup watchers
CNN International
Gunmen believed to be from a radical Islamist group shot two people dead and detained 10 others when raiding a house where people were watching a World Cup match Saturday night, according to eyewitnesses.

A member of one group later said the watching of the World Cup is anti-Islamic.

Five pirate suspects to face charges in U.S.

Wed, 2010-04-14 06:42 by admin
The men are being held aboard the USS Nicholas, the guided-missile frigate they are accused of attacking.

From Mike Mound, CNN Senior Pentagon Producer
April 13, 2010 -- Updated 2017 GMT (0417 HKT)


  • Five are suspected in attack on USS Nicholas off Africa on April 1
  • It would be second time U.S. has brought in piracy suspects
  • Men will be moved to U.S. base in Djibouti and then to Norfolk, Virginia

Sex workers in east Africa rise against violence and prejudice

Wed, 2010-04-14 05:48 by admin
Protest t-shirt

13 Apr 2010 14:25:00 GMT
Written by: Natasha Elkington

  • Sex workers launch rights campaign after recent murders;
  • New book gives unprecedented voice to marginalised group;
  • New technology in the works to protect sex workers

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