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Briefing to the Security Council Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General 12 September 2013 [as delivered] Mr President Members of the Council, Thank you very much for this opportunity to brief the Security Council for the first time since assuming my appointment as SRSG for Somalia. I am particularly glad to be here today with Ambassador Annadif of...

Thousands of people are being forcibly evicted from makeshift camps in Mogadishu as the government presses ahead with plans to clean up the capital, Amnesty said in a briefing released today. Forced evictions have continued and gathered pace in recent months despite the authorities’ failure to find an alternative safe location. “It is completely unacceptable for people...

Mogadishu, SF – AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif condemned today’s attack in the port city of Kismayo during which innocent civilians were killed. The incident occurred when a car loaded with explosives was detonated close to the convoy of the Leader of the Jubba Interim Administration, Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in Arco...

Mogadishu, SF-  A British citizen of Pakistani origin going by the name Osama al-Britani, was killed in an early morning attack in a village near the capital Mogadishu, according to the BBC. Other reports however said he may have been Egyptian. Alabama-born Omar Hammami, better known as al-Amriki (The ‘American’) was also reportedly killed. The two men...

A solar-powered system has been set up in Mogadishu with a capacity to pump at least 90,000 litres of water a day. The solar-powered system consists of a submersible pump complete with controlling devices and delivers a maximum of 9.6 cubic metres of water an hour. The pump is powered by 102 solar panels, mounted on locally fabricated steel structures, providing a total...

MOGADISHU, SF – Somalia’s displaced people are still struggling despite a government being set up a year ago. More than one million people have been displaced in Somalia by 22 years of conflict andrecent droughts. We came to Mogadishu three years ago. We received some aid in the first year, but later we received nothing. We don’t see any improvements,...

Mogadishu, SF – Several people who suffered a massive suicide attacks that took place at a restaurant in Mogadishu on 7/9/2013 have died in Madina hospital and other medical facilities in the capital, medical worker said. The suicide attacks carried out by alshabaab, the Islamist group in Somalia caused deaths of more than 18 including children. Habibo Mohamed, is...

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...