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Has al-Shabab adopted new approach to food aid?

Somalia's al-Shabab militants have been distributing food to drought-stricken Somalis in what appears to be a bid to win public support. A similar initiative by the militants during the last famine in 2011 failed to boost their image. Not only did the UN blame al-Shabab for contributing to the 2011 famine but their acts of sabotage lost them public support. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists blocked aid deli ...

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Al-Shabaab Accuses Kenyan President of Trying To Win Support of KDF to Rig Upcoming Elections

Mogadishu (Harar24) – In their first comments regarding the upcoming Kenyan presidential elections, Al-Shabaab has accused the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta of planning to rig the upcoming elections and to solicit support of the Kenyan Military in his presidential bid. Alluding to Kenyatta’s recent surprise visit to Somalia’s border town of Dhobley, which is occupied by Kenyan forces, Al-Shabaab spokesma ...

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World has just months to stop starvation in Yemen, Somalia – Red Cross

The world has got three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as war and drought wreck crops and block deliveries of food and medical care, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. The aid agency still needs $300 million to bring emergency assistance to a total of 5 million people in Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria as well as areas of Sou ...

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At least 33 Somali refugees shot dead in Red Sea Helicopter attack

Aden - Dozens of Somali refugees including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat on the Red Sea, Yemeni officials and the International Organization for Migration said Friday. The bodies of 33 refugees were taken to hospitals in Yemen's rebel-held port of Hodeida, a health official in the city said, adding that 35 wounded had also been admitted. The circumstances of the attack were not immedi ...

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Somalia ship hijack: ‘Pirates’ exchange gunfire with naval forces

Naval forces off the coast of Somalia have exchanged gunfire with armed men on board a hijacked oil tanker after trying to intercept a boat believed to be carrying supplies, officials said. Puntland forces tried to stop the boat as it headed towards the vessel where eight people are being held hostage. Four people were wounded in the incident, the BBC has learned. The oil tanker was seized on Monday while e ...

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Somali pirates suspected of hijacking ship after long layoff, expert says

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter that sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said on Tuesday. If confirmed, Monday's incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012. The Aris 13 was believed to be carrying eight crew, said John Steed of ...

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Deadly Car bomb kills at least 13 near popular hotel in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, March 13  - A car bomb near a hotel on a busy street in the Somali capital killed at least 13 people on Monday, police and the emergency medical services said, hours after a man was killed by a blast as he tried to ram through a checkpoint. Police said the blast damaged a house on Maka al Mukaram street but did not destroy its target, the Wehliye Hotel. "We have carried 13 dead people and 14 othe ...

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Puntland: Teetering on the edge of famine

Puntland, Somalia - Ahmed Osman, 34, gathered his tiny son into his arms and walked for three hours to reach the nearest medical centre in Dhudo village in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region of Somalia. His three-year-old son, Mohamed, was desperately frail. He had been suffering from fever, vomiting and acute diarrhoea for eight days. "My wife and three other children are behind in our camp with the surviv ...

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African Union force in Somalia needs troop surge, chief says

MOGADISHU, Somalia— The head of the African Union mission in Somalia is seeking a surge in troops to help the country's military control areas won back from extremist group al-Shabab, saying the Somali National Army has been unable to take charge as expected. Francisco Caetano Madeira's request for an unspecified number of extra AU troops comes amid widespread concern that Somalia's military won't be ready ...

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U.N. Chief, Visits Somalia, Pleads for Aid to Avert Famine

MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an emergency visit to Somalia on Tuesday to highlight the country’s famine crisis, meeting the new president and saying the worsening hunger requires a massive response. “People are dying. The world must act now to stop this,” the U.N. chief tweeted on his arrival in this Horn of Africa nation. “We need to make as much noise as possible,” Gut ...

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