Tag : Somalia

UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, welcomes state building progress during a visit to Kismayo. Photo: UNSOM

UN envoy welcomes progress in Somalia

During an official visit to Kismayo on March 7th, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, welcomed the Interim Juba Administration’s progress towards forming a regional assembly. “I welcome the progress on forming the IJA’s…

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AMISOM soldiers patrol near stockpiles of charcoal close to the Kismayo sea port, February 27, 2013. (Feisal Omar / Courtesy Reuters)  Foreign Affairs

How the charcoal trade fuels Al Shabab

To take out al Shabab, one need look no further than charcoal. The United Nations has repeatedly called for countries in the region to disrupt the group’s trade in this environmentally destructive product, but, as the most recent Somalia UN…

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Women Reporting Abuse in Somalia Without Persecution

The African Union is launching an investigation into sex abuse allegations against its troops in Somalia. Investigating sexual abuse and exploitation – especially when those accused are soldiers – is a complex and time-consuming process that requires sensitive expert handling….

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Al Shabab’s Last Stand?

Last week’s deadly U.S. strike on Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabab, could be the group’s undoing. Although the organization was quick to name a successor, Godane’s death has thrown it into disarray,…

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Conflict and famine in Somalia

Somalia Briefing: Food insecurity, remittances & counter-terrorism 2.9 million Somalis are currently in humanitarian crisis, including 50,000 severely malnourished children. To date, there have been eight warnings from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) and Food Security andNutrition Analysis…

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Somalia: war and the implications for gas and oil

SOMALIA: EU and UK mediation key to stability; serious implications for oil and gas  sector and development programmes London, July 10, 2014 : With war in Somalia’s disputed territories now a real possibility for the first time  since 2007, stability…

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