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Somalia Focus

Fears for their lives – this is the main reason why refugees inside Kenya’s Dadaab camp do not want to go back to their home country, the very same reason they become refugees in the first place. Back in February, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki spoke at London Conference on Somalia and told the attending leaders that the overcrowded Dadaab camps have posed “growing...

The UN humanitarian agency said Monday it will provide an additional 2 million U.S. dollars to step against cholera outbreak in southern and central Somalia. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will be provided to help contain a major spike in cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)...

Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Service (RAF) has provided emergency relief for 1,900 families in six Northern Somali areas which are: Oodl, Salel Coast, Gebeily, Mrdodi, Jih and Hood benefiting more than 10,000 affected people. RAF said in a press release yesterday that its efforts were focused on these six areas, due to the urgent need for emergency...

13 March 2016 (SofoNews) – Somali troops in Barawe town of Southern Somalia have executed an officer from the al-Qaeda-affiliated group on Sunday, Somalia focus reports. He was alleged planning attacks against authorities in the port town including the district commissioner. Hussein Barre, Barawe commissioner told the media that the executed man was planning to...

Despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis are continuing to make a perilous sea crossing, which has already claimed at least three dozen lives this year, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has warned. Latest data on sea arrivals shows that 92,446 people arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015, one of the highest annual totals recorded over the past...

January 18 (SofoNews) – A car bumps along a dirt road leading out of the city. Sand dunes and charcoal kilns line the road on either side. The sea can be seen over the top of the dunes.  We are evacuating a young man who is in agony in the back seat of a vehicle.  A pool of blood is accumulating below his foot. The car slows as it approaches a checkpoint where...

The newly appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, has just completed his first official visit to Puntland and Somaliland. This was his first field visit since arriving in Mogadishu last month. “I am concerned about the increased influx of returnees and Yemeni refugees, which...

UNHCR (press release) Twenty-two-year-old Ali Abdi Madar was born and raised in Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab refugee camp. But when the opportunity arose to go to Somalia, his home country, he decided to take it. Ali arrived in the southern Somalia port city of Kismayo last February, leaving his mother and brother behind, and said he wants to spend the rest of his life...

Floods from River Shabelle have reportedly affected hundreds of residents in some ares around Lower Shabelle region raising fears of loss of livelihoods. The floods affected several localities including Baladul-Amin and Mareeray where many families face harsh conditions, most of the people in those areas are homeless after their houses were washed away, sources said. Speaking...

MOGADISHU, Somalia — We were sitting in a crammed cafe in the sweltering heat of a Mogadishu afternoon. The mishmash of conversation, clinking plates and loud horns from the street outside forced us to speak loudly across our plates of rice. A 22-year-old man I will call Liban, to protect his identity, sat across from me. Gangly and bursting with frenetic energy, he...