Somalia: World Bank Hosts Discussion on Country Health Status Note

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - 11:02:26

NAIROBI -- Today, the World Bank hosted a roundtable discussion on the status of the Health Sector in Somalia. World Bank experts, Somali Government counterparts and international development partners convened around the newly released Country Health Status Note.

Drought-hit area in Northern part of Somalia (known as Somaliland). |file

Humanitarian Partners Relieving Suffering And Scaling up Assistance in Somalia to Avert Famine

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - 10:51:51

MOGADISHU -- In view of the serious humanitarian situation, and the risk of a famine unfolding in Somalia, humanitarian partners are scaling up assistance and protection and have issued an Operational Plan for Famine Prevention to immediately scale up humanitarian response to save lives and protect livelihoods.

Civilians and security gather a destroyed stall in after suicide bomb at the Wadajir market in Madina district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu February 19, 2017|file

SOMALIA: United States Condemns Car Bomb Attack in Mogadishu Market

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - 10:43:28

MOGADISHU -- The United States strongly condemns the utterly senseless and barbaric car bomb attack in Abagedo market in Mogadishu February 19, which killed more than three dozen people and injured dozens more.

A woman cooks a meal in the town of Pibor, Boma state, east of South Sudan, February 2, 2017| REUTERS

Parts of South Sudan Experiencing Famine

Monday February 20, 2017 - 20:39:29

JUBA -- Parts of war-ravaged South Sudan have been hit by famine, a government official said on Monday, saying nearly half the country's population would lack reliable access to affordable food by July.

IMF Says Donors May Partly Forgive Somalia's $5.3-Billion Debt

Monday February 20, 2017 - 16:08:30

The International Monetary Fund says creditors may forgive part of Somalia's outstanding $5.3 billion debt if the strife-torn Horn of Africa state takes concrete steps toward reforming its economy and improving governance.

UN Agency Seeks 825 mln USD for Somali Aid

Monday February 20, 2017 - 11:51:55

MOGADISHU -- An UN agency is seeking 825 million U.S. dollars in the first half of 2017 to reach 5.5 million Somalis with life-saving assistance and livelihood support.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo.

Somalia President Farmaajo Visits Victims Of Bomb Blast

Monday February 20, 2017 - 11:45:19

MOGADISHU-- President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo come to Medina hospital to visit the victims of today's bomb blast and announced that his government would introduce a monetary incentive for civilians to join the fight against Al-Shabaab.

NUSOJ Concerns Recent Series Detentions Against Journalists in Somaliland

Monday February 20, 2017 - 11:36:25

MOGADISHU-- National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is very concerned about General Director and owner of Universal TV a London based Somali TV , Engineer Ahmed Abuubakar who was arrested in Hargeisa, the capital of the of Somaliland on Sunday night February 19, 2017, the latest in a series of attacks against the press freedom and the freedom of expression in Somaliland.

Abdi and his extended family are seeking refuge – including water and viable grazing land -- in Tukaraq, Sool region, Somalia

Somalia: Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

Sunday February 19, 2017 - 20:11:03

MOGADISHU-- The humanitarian situation in Somalia is rapidly deteriorating and famine is a strong possibility in 2017. This comes only six years after a devastating famine led to the death of more than a quarter of a million people – half of them children.

Civilians gather near the scene of a suicide bomb explosion at the Wadajir market in Madina district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu February 19, 2017| REUTERS

Suicide Bomb in Market in Somalia Capital Kills 39

Sunday February 19, 2017 - 19:37:57

MOGADISHU -- A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president.

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What it's Like to Travel to US When Your Passport Says You're from Somalia

LONDON -- Liban* has a British passport, but there's a problem with it. It says he was born in Mogadishu. Of course, that shouldn't be a problem. But according to Liban, it has caused him no end of complications when travelling to the US.

Somalia's Parliament Should Produce a Constitution by and for the People

As Somalia's tenth parliament began its work in early 2017 and elected Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmaajo' as president, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) hopes lawmakers, national and sub-national politicians and civil society organizations will re-focus and prioritize the finalization of the constitution.

Somalia Presidential Elections: Is Democracy Emerging?

On 8th February, widespread street celebrations took place in the embattled east African country of Somalia, following the election of its 9th president: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, nicknamed "Farmajo."

Somalia Heralds New Dawn After Election

Somalia has a new President democratically elected by members of both houses of the national parliament in an open and fair process witnessed by local and international observers. I congratulate President-elect Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed and wish him well as he steers the country towards a brighter future.

A New Test for Somalia Unity

After subsequent delays that hampered the election schedules, the long-waited day for the Somali people has arrived with hope and excitement. The mood of the Somali people has long been in between hope and despair. It was a fate that only the clan-based MPs could either make a history by fulfilling their people's passionate wish or renewing the status quo of incompetence, corruption and nepotism.

Ray of Light for Dadaab's Residents

With the election victory still fresh on people's minds, news came that Kenya's High Court had passed an important ruling, which will help protect the rights of Somali refugees in Kenya.

PROFILE: Who is the New Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo?

MOGADISHU- Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, 55, is Somali-American who has lived in Buffalo in New York, U.S where he worked as a State Transportation Department officer and his family still resides.

LIVE: Somalia Presidential Election in Mogadishu

This is a live streaming from Mogadishu on Somalia Presidential Election today.

Somalia Risk of Famine Increases: Nearly 3 Million people Face Crisis

MOGADISHU- As severe drought grips most parts of Somalia, food crisis is worsening in rural areas following consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river water levels, which led to near total crop failures and reduced rural employment opportunities, widespread shortage of water and pasture, consequent increases in livestock deaths, and rapidly diminishing food access among poor households as staple food prices continue to rise sharply and livestock prices decrease significantly.

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