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Mogadishu, SF – Reports indicate that the head of Somali central prison Col. Mohamed Hussein Ahmed were arrested in connection with the release of prisoners including fighters from Alshabaab, the Al-Qaida affiliated group in Somalia. According to solid sources who spoke in condition of anonymity told Somaliafocus that officials from Somali investigation department...

Somalia’s capital and the surrounding areas are home to several hundred thousand internally displaced people (IDPs). Despite a still volatile security situation, reconstruction and development are moving ahead at a rapid pace in Mogadishu. As a result, the city’s IDP residents, who were displaced by famine and conflict, are being evicted from their camps and...

Somaliland forces in Lasanod town of Sool region have arrested a television journalist works with a Somali TV based in UK. Reports indicate that the forces have detained the journalist while he was in Gambare settlement 30 km from Las’anod town. The arrested journalist is called Mohamed Anshur and no further details about his detention. According to local journalists...

The damage of famine hit various regions in Somalia in 2011 is being felt several areas in South west of the country. Internally displaced persons and other vulnerable families in Elberde district of Bakol region give major concerns about their life. the families who previously fled from other locations in Southern regions now missing the basic needs of life including...

Women and children living in Somalia’s makeshift camps for displaced people face a high risk of rape and other sexual violence, Amnesty International said today after returning from a research trip to the country. The organization’s researchers spoke with dozens of women and girls who felt at risk of sexual violence. Some of them, one as young as 13, had recently...

Former freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, who endured beatings, starvation and sexual assaults by Islamic rebels after being kidnapped in 2008, will appear live on TODAY Friday after giving her first extensive interview about her horrific ordeal. In her new book, “A House in the Sky,’’ Lindhout shares deeply personal details from the 15 and a half months she spent...

Somalia continues to make progress in its recovery from the 2011 famine, but some 870,000 people – most of them internally displaced persons (IDPs) – are predicted to require food assistance up to December 2013, according to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) for Somalia. Many parts...

Government troops who are still under training match to Villa Somalia protesting that the federal government has neglected them at all. The young unarmed soldiers who wore military dresses were spotted in large numbers walking along the airport road. Shabelle reporters questioned several young soldiers who informed them that the government has only paid them once for 9...

Abukar Abdulle Mohamed is a busy man. His three phones keep beeping away as he negotiates and shakes hands with a group of mainly middle-aged men. Fifty-four-year-old Mohamed is a livestock trader with more than thirty years experience and has just sold his tenth goat of the day at Hawl Wadaag livestock market in Mogadishu. But he isn’t holding wads of cash in his hands...

United Nations representative in Somalia has endorsed the agreement signed between the government and the Interim Jubba Administration that has the task of defining the  terms of governance in three southern regions. Describing as a significant step at restoring peace in Somalia, regional and international security, Nicholas Kay said: “This agreement unlocks the door...