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After a massive attack on UNICEF staff members in Puntland, the al-shabaab group who claimed the responsibility for that attack vowed to continue their deadly attacks on United nations offices in Somali regions. In an audio message by Ali Mahmoud Rageh, the spokesman of the al-Qaida associated group said that the group will escalate their targets against the UN offices. ‘’as...

Aid agencies express concern at closure of Money Remittance Providers in Kenya Nairobi, April 10th, 2015 – On April 7th, 2015 the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) revoked the licenses of 13 Money Remittance Providers (MRPs) based in Nairobi, in an effort to curb the financing of terrorism. This decision came in the wake of the April 2nd, 2015 terrorist attack that took...

ICRC (press release) In Somalia nature and years of conflict have conspired to restrict the people’s access to water, the very essence of life. To ease their suffering, the ICRC endeavours to provide water to detainees and civilians affected by conflict, and to improve their sanitation facilities. Somalia’s dry climate and lack of rain make it very challenging...

Hudur (SOFO) – Reports from Bakol region indicate that at least ten people were killed after fighting between government troops allied with African Union forces and Al-Shabaab fighters taken place in Rabdhure district on Sunday. The fighting erupted when alshabaab militants launched an ambush attack against AU Ethiopian convoy, and according to residents, the fighting...

The loud knocking on the door came at about 11pm. The young Somali woman was in her pyjamas and lying on a mattress on the floor. She had spent many hours with her husband in hospital in Dublin earlier, so it had already been a long day. Three male officers and one female officer with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) said they had come to deport her. Her husband...

AFSHAN AZIZ, ARAB NEWS A twelve-year-old Somali boy who nearly went blind in one eye regained his sights thanks to efforts by a Jeddah-based volunteer medical team. Ahmed Abdullah suffered from serious cornea damage in his left eye from the age of four. His vision had decreased gradually and, without treatment, his sight loss could have gradually become permanent. The...

PRESS RELEASE The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched the Somalia Country Specific Guidelines to govern relations on civil-military coordination in Somalia. The Somalia Country Specific Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Guidelines were launched at a...

Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is “rotten” and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said. Last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a rare visit to the Horn of Africa country said three million Somalis were in need...

Finnish authorities are working to overturn the sentence of a Somali man sentenced to death in Somalia, on the grounds that he is also a permanent resident of Finland. Foreign Ministry Consular Assistance Unit Chief Teemu Turunen says authorities only heard of the case last Friday, and have since contacted the Somali authorities to try and roll back the ruling. Finnish...

Mogadishu (SOFO) Members from UN agencies have met with officials from Gedo region while hundreds of people are in need livelihood assistance. The UN and government officials in the region have discussed the humanitarian situation in the region and visited several places in Garbaharey town on Monday. Mohamed Abdi Kalil, the regional governor who spoke with the media...