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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,...

By Laetitia Bader When Somalia’s new minister of information took office in March, he promised to review the country’s restrictive media law, raising hopes of fostering a better environment for journalists and free expression in the country. Those hopes have largely been dashed. The amended law, approved by the cabinet on July 13, makes some reforms but does little...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Maamulada Puntland iyo Galmudug ayaa ku dhawaaqay abuuridda ciidamo isku dhaf ah oo ka kala imaanaya labada maamul kuwaasi oo ka wada shaqeynaya amniga deegaanka. Qyb ciidan ah oo ka kooban 50 askari oo ka kala imaanaya labada dhinac ayaa saldhig ka sameysanaya xadka xilli labada maamul goboleed ay raadinayaan xalinta xiisado soo laab...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Qaramada Midoobay iyo dowladda Federaalka ah ayaa si wada jir ah u qaaday barnaamij lagu tababarayo 350 saraakiil oo kamid ah kuwa heyadda cadaaladda ee dalka. Sida uu sheegay David Akopyan oo ah ku xigeenka madaxa UNDP ee Soomaaliya, ujeeda barnaamijkan ayaa ah sidii hore loogu qaadi lahaa cadaaladda, hanaanka maamul wanaagga iyo soo...

18 July 2017 *Somalia Focus) – The UN and Somalia government have launched an extensive program to train over 350 judicial officers countrywide as part of efforts to rebuild the country’s justice sector. David Akopyan, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Somalia, said delivery of justice was critical to ensuring good governance, strengthening the rule of law and...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Students in Somalia have expressed their support for the Turkish people against the failed coup which was launched last year, a video which was released online on the anniversary of the event shows.“The Turkish people’s will and unity prevented the coup orchestrators from reaching their goals,” the students from the Recep Tayyip...

18 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10 million a day, authorities said Monday. Hormuud Telecom, the country’s largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to subscribers. The loss of internet service sparked anger across...

16 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – As Youth Skills Day is celebrated around the world, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, reaffirms the importance of providing vocational training and technical skills to young people in Somalia. “Unemployment among Somali youth is alarmingly high,” said SRSG Keating. “Low...

16 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) would like to repudiate allegations by a local media organization, which claimed that its convoy killed a woman in Albao area, 20kms northwest of Mogadishu, on July 9, 2017. In the interest of the people of Somalia, AMISOM would like to state the following; On 9 July 2017, an AMISOM convoy...