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Somalia Focus

Kenya’s neighbour Somalia is making modest progress in rebuilding itself from the destruction wrought by decades of catastrophic civil war. The crucial agenda of grassroots truth, justice and reconciliation however is not receiving the attention it desperately deserves. The war precipitated the meltdown of state institutions and destruction of infrastructure and the...

Somalia said on Monday that it signed a draft of trade agreements with Turkey aimed at boosting an already thriving economic cooperation between the two countries. Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Gulaid said he signed a cooperation protocol during the inaugural meeting of a Joint Economic Commission (JEC), noting that Mogadishu was open to foreign investment...

Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants, who have carried out frequent bombings in the capital, Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to the government side was an apostate who could be killed. Al Shabaab fell out with its former spokesman and deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, in 2013. He defected to the U.N.-backed government in August last year. Al Shabaab...

New York (Somaliafocus) – United States of America, December 7, 2017– The members of the Security Council welcomed the successful conclusion of the Somalia Security Conference and the inaugural Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu on 4 and 5 December. The members of the Security Council recognised the international community’s strong engagement across both...

Baidoa (Somaliafocus) – Six Al-Shabaab militants on Thursday surrendered to Somali forces following an increasing assault by the militants in southern regions of the country. Al-Shabaab militants and their top officials are on the run from their hideouts after Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union peacekeeping forces and international partners have intensified...

Mogadishu (Somaliafocus) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira congratulates the Federal Government of Somalia for hosting a highly successful Security Conference and Partnership Forum. The two high-level meetings convened by the Somali President...

Mogadishu (Somaliafocus) – Somalia is a global leader in the export of goats and sheep, and livestock trade generates about 40% of the country’s gross domestic product. Yet almost every other year, recurring droughts and water scarcity take a toll on local pastoralists’ ability to keep their animals live and healthy. In 2017 alone, livestock loss has ranged from...

Mogadishu (Somaliafocus) – Uganda’s military says it has begun the withdrawal of 281 troops serving in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.  This is part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year. At the moment there are more than 20,000 soldiers serving in the AU mission (Amisom). Uganda,...

Mogadishu (Somalifocus) – Unknown fighter jets have attacked a base belonging to al Shabaab in a location southern of Mogadishu, reports said on Tuesday. Ali Nur, deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region told reporters that the raid targeted vehicles of traveling al Shabaab officials near Liimay area. Al Shabaab rebels denied any of its bases had been attacked. A...

At Somalia’s first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)...