Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. | File photo.

Somali President to Visit Egypt Amid Saudi, UAE Pressure over Neutrality

Saturday August 19, 2017 - 17:04:35

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will on official State Visit to Egypt next week after an invitation from Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, officials at the Somali Embassy in Cairo confirmed.

Ridwan Abdi is Director of the National Humanitarian Coordination Centre (NHCC). | UN photo.

Somalia: Aid Workers Plead for Continued Humanitarian Support

Saturday August 19, 2017 - 12:17:23

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Ridwaan Abdi remembers vividly his life in Somalia with his parents during the civil war.

Abdikadir Moalim Mohamed is a humanitarian worker focused on delivering aid to displaced families. | UN photo.

Devoted Humanitarian: How Abdikadir Moalim Risked His Life to Bettering Lives of Others in Somalia

Saturday August 19, 2017 - 11:48:20

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Abdikadir Moalim Mohamed has devoted his adult life to bettering the lives of other human beings. "In the end, what matters is what you have done for mankind," says the veteran humanitarian aid worker.

Peter de Clercq (left),UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, speaks during an event to mark the World Humanitarian Day held in Mogadishu on August 17, 2017.| UN Photo

UN Humanitarian Coordinator: We Salute and Thank Aid Workers for Averting Somalia Famine (PHOTOS)

Saturday August 19, 2017 - 11:02:30

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq has commended aid workers and volunteers for their contribution to serving humanity and averting a famine that threatened Somalia earlier this year.

Abdi Ashur Hassan, Somali Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and his Djiboutian counterpart Abdi Youssouf Sougueh during tour on Djibouti Telecom earlier this week.

Somalia, Djibouti Sign Telecom Cooperation and Cyber Security Agreement

Friday August 18, 2017 - 15:02:55

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The ministers of posts and telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti have signed first cooperation agreement on telecommunication and cyber security, a joint statement said.

Somalia: Police Start Investigating Sports Referee Killing in Mogadishu

Friday August 18, 2017 - 14:19:43

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Officers of Criminal Investigation Department Banadir Police said they have now started investigating the motive behind the death of a popular sports referee Osman Jama Dirah who was shot dead near his home in Hamar Bile neighborhood in Wardhigley, Mogadishu on Thursday night.

Suspected Al-Shabaab Attackers Behead Three in Kenya's Lamu: Official

Friday August 18, 2017 - 12:53:56

MOMBASA, Kenya - Suspected members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men overnight in an attack on a Kenyan village, authorities said on Friday, a month after nine were killed in a similar way nearby.

A photo released by relative show blood scattered on the ground at the scene of the Wednesday's raid by Somali and U.S. forces outside Jilib town, Southern Somalia. | Courtesy photo.

SOMALIA: Seven Civilians of One Family Killed in U.S, Somali Forces Raid, Relatives Said

Friday August 18, 2017 - 11:18:23

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Seven civilians of one family were killed after a raid carried by U.S. and Somali forces near Jilib on Wednesday night, locals and relatives confirmed.

Police and Revenue Authority officers raid AfriCOG offices in Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya | Courtesy.

Kenya: Civil Society Condemns Attempted Raid and Deregistration of Human Rights Organisations

Friday August 18, 2017 - 11:07:16

NAIROBI - The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Kenya (NCHRD-K), DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Civil Rights Defenders strongly condemn the targeting of two national human rights organisations in Kenya – the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KHRC) and Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) – by the NGO Coordination Board.

Ali Abdullahi Osoble, former leader of Hirshabelle State. | File photo.

Somalia: Former Hirshabelle Leader Alleges PM Khaire of interference

Thursday August 17, 2017 - 22:17:48

JOWHAR (Somali Update Online) — Former Hirshabelle President Ali Abdullahi Osoble has alleged Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire of interfering Hirshabelle administration and funded the motion that led to Mr. Osoble's ousting this week.

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On the Run from Bullets and Bruises: Ayaan's Story

DADAAB I WASN'T BORN yet when I became a refugee for the first time.

Corruption in Somalia is A Crime Against Development

Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for personal gain, in public and the private sectors. Countries are rated based on assessments of the prevalence of bribery of public officials, stealing of public money and the lack of public anti-corruption efforts.

Somalia: All Talk No Action – Unemployment, Growing Marginalization and Khaire's Input

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — While most of Somali youth are showing their frustrations toward the current cabinet's failure to address the reality of rampancy youth unemployment and the long marginalized groups rights, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and his cabinet members were not successful to address seriously on the dimming hopes of many young Somalis during the International Youth Day commemoration in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Somalia's Discriminatory Rule: Job Applicants to Declare Their Clan Affiliation

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali job applicants are required to declare their clan affiliations and even sub-clans when applying to job opportunities at the country's Ministry of Ministry of Women and Human Rights, according to a new job application form set by the ministry.

Kenya's Dogged Opposition Leader Raila Odinga at a Crossroads

NAIROBI — Raila Odinga has been Kenya's prime minister and longtime opposition leader, but with results in from Tuesday's general election, it seems he has once again failed to get the one job he's always wanted: the presidency.

African Leaders to Strive and Propose Better Life for the Youth

RABAT, Morocco — This year 2017, the theme of the African Union Decentralization Day celebrated today 10 August is "Youth Participation".

High Hopes for Somali Sesame Farmers

MOGADISHU — Abdi watches the sesame harvested on his land while reflecting on the past season and how farming has changed over recent generations.

Election Offers Kenya Chance to Provide Clarity About Somalia

NAIROBI - Kenya's upcoming general election will have ramifications beyond its borders – particularly for its most fragile neighbour, Somalia.

Somalia: Access to Health Care Services in Rural Areas is Hit or Miss (VIDEO)

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — For Somalis living in rural areas of the country, access to health care services is hit or miss. Years of conflict and the centuries-long nomadic lifestyle have left many cut off from health services.

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