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Geneva, 2 November 2014 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, calls upon all governments to take steps to prevent attacks on journalists and to hold accountable those who commit them. On the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the human rights...

Two schoolgirls have been killed by armed men in Mogadishu while they were heading to their school in Sunday morning sources reported. According to witness who spoke with Somaliafocus the two girls aged under 15, were dressed school uniform and carrying books when unknown men armed with pistols shot them at Macmacaanka neighbourhood in Dharkenley district. The incident...

Somali pirates have released Indian hostages, who were abducted by pirates four years ago, the released hostages held in Haradere district of Mududg region, Mudug authorities said. The hostages were released on thursday morning after Galgadud local authorities and federal government carried out an initiative aimed to freed them. Its unknown if the hostages paid ransom...

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, arrived in Mogadishu to pledge support for Somalia’s transition and for efforts to strengthen security and development across the wider Horn of Africa region. The joint high level visit comes at an important time for Somalia which continues to make significant security gains...

The commissioner of Hudur town of Bakol region said that the drought is expanding the region as new families have begun to flee from the region. Hundreds of families fled from Bakol and Gedo regions after water and food shortages felt in those areas. Speaking to the local reporters Mohamed Mo’allim Hudur commissioner stated that the region’s authorities had meetings...

Somalia is once again under the brink of another humanitarian catastrophe, says aid agency, World Vision International. The organization raised the red flag today over a severe drought as well serious food and water shortages that are having life-threatening consequences on over 3.2 million people in the country. “We are extremely concerned that the figures have increased...

Al-Shabaab fighters beheaded a local elder in Barawe town on Thursday night sources said. The elder, about 60, was taken out from his house in the town and beheaded near there. Sources who spoke in condition of anonymity told us the decapitated body of the elder have been found on Friday morning. Sources said that he was previously alleged of working with government...

Mogadishu, 13 September 2014 – The Minister of Information, Mustafa Duhulow, today addressed the media in Mogadishu, providing an update on the progress of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) over the last week. The Minister discussed various issues including: the importance of Public Engagement, the ongoing Consultation Process in Baidoa, the importance of Public...

MEDIA RELEASE The Australian Government will provide a further $5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia. The funding will be delivered through the United Nation’s Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. This contribution brings Australia’s total humanitarian and...

Galgadud- (SOFO) — One child have been killed and two others wounded by a mine exploded at a road where they were playing in Balanbale settlement of Galgadud region on Monday, area officer told the media. The children were playing beside a road in Balanbale when they triggered a mine that had been planted at the road said, Hareri Hassan, the area officer. The situation...