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30 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Qatar Charity (QC) has implemented 290 development projects in the Somali Republic with support from the Qatari people during the first half of this year at a cost of QR35m. The projects included drilling wells, building educational and health facilities, multi-service centres, income-generating projects and social sponsorships, as...

Kenyan security officers have launched a manhunt for Al-Shabaab militants who had hijacked a vehicle in northeast Mandera country near the Somalia border early Saturday. Mandera County Commissioner Frederick Shisia confirmed that the vehicle branded Jubilee Party (ruling party) vehicle was hijacked by the insurgents at gunpoint at Kutulo and driven to Somalia. The occupants...

The United States found a solution to the problem of “collateral damage, by assuming that any male of military age in a war zone is a militant and worthy of execution” says in the following incisive interview the renowned researcher, Professor Doctor Peter Kuznick, Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, in Washington D.C. Drones “kill...

Al-Shabaab fighters in Kenya are said to have hijacked a vehicle belonging to Jubilee Party campaign team in Mandera. According to Charles Chacha, the Mandera South police boss, the incident was reported about 5pm on Friday and they understand that the driver and a passenger are missing. “We received a report of hijacking of a vehicle that was returning to Bore Hole...

The families seemed to appear out of nowhere. Death and disease stalk the rural residents in this remote and lonely village, giving this drought-hit region a quiet, ghost-like feel. On Wednesdays, though, the mobile health team arrives. Ceel-Qorrah village sees a burst of activity: mothers with children in tow begin streaming in, and once the van bearing the Red Crescent...

Tension between two rival clan militias is reported to be mounting in the central town of Abudwak in Galgaduud region on Thursday morning. The tension is related to previous clan atrocities, and has dramatically changed in the last few days, as the sides are in preparation for battle, that could erupt at any period of time. Local elders say the brewing tension has sparked...

Somalia’s Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad Omar will arrive on a visit to India next week, during which he will meet his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and hold discussions over a range of issues, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. During the five-day visit, the two sides will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international...

The first batch of 50 Somali students will be admitted to the Mandera Medical Training College as from September 2017. The lot forms part of the 200 agreed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in March. This was revealed during a meeting between Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed and Somalia’s Yusuf-Garaad Omar in Nairobi on...

Al-Shabaab militants burnt many homes during raids on villages in Lower Shabelle, Somalia in May 2017, Human Rights Watch has said. “The militia abducted civilians, stole livestock, and committed arson in attacks that caused more than 15,000 people to flee their homes,” HRW said in a statement on Thursday. Based on witness accounts and satellite imagery analysis,...

At 8pm, June 15, 2014, a group of 50 Al-Shabaab militants walked into the dusty town of Mpeketoni and killed 48 people. A few weeks later, the group descended on Hindi, and killed more people, all of whom were non-Muslim. Emboldened by the little resistance they had faced from Kenyan security officers during the attacks in Mpeketoni and Hindi, the militants moved to Pandanguo,...