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Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed the anti corruption bill into law in Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday. The signing ceremony attended by Somali president, ministers, lawmakers, and international partners including Turkey was held at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. ”This anti corruption bill will be good for our country and our economy and...

An Iranian sailor has been released by Somali pirates after spending more than four years in captivity. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was “seriously ill” and has been freed on humanitarian grounds, the Hostage Support Partnership (HSP), which helped negotiate his release, said. Over the past decade, thousands of crew have been taken hostage off the coast of Somalia and...

Crop failures, livestock die-offs, and Al-Shabab extortion demands are driving thousands of farmers and pastoralists to abandon their lands and seek refuge. When drought killed most of Barwako Noor Abdi’s cows and goats eight years ago, she had no choice but to abandon her home in Somalia’s parched Gedo region and seek help elsewhere in a country suffering from...

Over 14,000 children were admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in UNICEF supported facilities. Health consultations for 27,816 internally displaced people (IDPs) and people in hard-to-reach areas were completed in August, amongst them 14,449 children under-5 and 6,840 women. To support resilience of communities and provide sustainable water sources,...

As Kenya counted down days to this week’s sixth anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack by the Al Shabaab militant group, police chiefs from across the region congregated in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, to devise strategies of dealing with cross-border crime and terror networks. The Westgate Mall attack, which was orchestrated by four gunmen led by a Norwegian of...

More families are expected to flee to southern Ethiopia in coming months, as the Horn of Africa country faces its worst harvest since the 2011 famine. The fragile situation is being aggravated still further by militant group Al-Shabab, which determines what crops farmers can grow and levies “taxes” – extortion payments — on already struggling rural communities. “There...

Al-Shabaab militants have now waded into politics surrounding Indian Ocean maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia, a move that could further complicates matters. In an audio released on Thursday, Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Umar also claimed responsibility in a deadly attack that left 27 people dead in Kismayo. Mr Umar, whose whereabouts still remain unknown, accused...

Recent research by Amnesty International found that 14 civilians had been killed and eight more injured in just fie US air strikes in Somalia since April 2017. Given that the US has conducted more than 120 additional strikes across Somalia in the past two-and-a-half years, the true number of civilian casualties is likely to be higher. However, Amnesty International is...

In central Somalia, about 5,000 Sufi fighters are signing up to join the national army. In a surprise move two months ago, the group decided to have its fighters integrated. So far, they are the only local group to go up against al-Shabab fighters and win. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam and has been widely practised in Somalia before the advent of Salafism in...

Somalia’s economy is forecast to grow 2.9% this year from 2.8% last year, but security risks and vulnerability to climate shocks could cloud the outlook, the International Monetary Fund said. The Horn of Africa country has experienced conflict since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew President Siad Barre and then turned on each other. Over the past decade it has been...