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Somalia inaugurates elected president after 26 years of strife.

Somalia inaugurates elected president after 26 years of strife.

Somalia’s new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo took office last week, calling for an end to terrorism and corruption in a nation mired in conflict for more than two decades. Mohamed’s inauguration, the second of its kind since the country slid into civil war after warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, follows a regionally-brokered, UN-backed effort to end fighting ...

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Somalia and South Sudan to receive £100 million each in UK aid

Somalia and South Sudan to receive £100 million each in UK aid

The UK will give South Sudan and Somalia aid packages of £100 million each following famine warnings in the two war-torn states. More than a million lives are hoped to be saved by the measures announced by the Government, which is to provide food, safe drinking water and emergency healthcare in regions worst affected by conflict and drought. A state ...

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Somalia is a leader in mobile money but still wants to print its first cash notes in 25 years

Somalia is a leader in mobile money but still wants to print its first cash notes in 25 years

The collapse of the Somali government in 1991 saw the rise of unique political, economic and social outfits, all clambering to fill the void of government institutions. One of them was the emergence of a nonconforming monetary system, controlled by warlords and rogue businessmen, who contracted foreign printers and imported counterfeit money. This left the Somali economy in shambles, largely ...

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Drought in Somalia: Time is Running Out.

Drought in Somalia: Time is Running Out.

Four-year-old Safia Adan lies in Baidoa Regional Hospital in southern Somalia with a tube through her nose. She is suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration. At her side her worried grandmother looks up to explain that Safia first became sick after drinking water from the local well. “The water had changed colour but we still drank it,” says her grandmother. ...

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Well-known businessman shot and killed in Mogadishu.

Well-known businessman shot and killed in Mogadishu.

A prominent businessman shot and killed in Bakara Market, the biggest market in Somalia especially in the capital Mogadishu  witnesses told KNN on Tuesday. The killers were traveling in motorcycle as escaped after the shooting witnesses said. The motive behind the shooting is unknown. Police is searching the killers.  No group claimed responsibility of the shooting, the latest in series ...

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1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children’s agency said Monday. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria. Fews Net, the famine early warning ...

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UN condemns terrorist attack on marketplace in Mogadishu

UN condemns terrorist attack on marketplace in Mogadishu

Top UN envoy in Somalia has condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack at a market in Mogadishu that killed at least 30 people and injured over 40 others. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, described the incident as a brutal reminder of the retrograde tactics employed by violent extremists. “I condemn the terrorist attack in Mogadishu ...

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Somali refugee, mother of 8, reaches Rochester

Somali refugee, mother of 8, reaches Rochester

A welcome sign on blue poster board lays on a small desk just inside the front door. Scrawled across the bottom, in block letters, it reads: “Rochester Love!!!” In the living room, a 2-year-old girl sits mesmerized by an action movie on TV. The sparsely furnished house on Cottage Street south of downtown is nothing like the place Mumina Hassan ...

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IMF to Help Somalia Print First Banknotes in a Quarter Century

IMF to Help Somalia Print First Banknotes in a Quarter Century

The International Monetary Fund is backing Somalia’s plans to replace tattered currency notes that were printed before the Horn of Africa nation plunged into civil war almost three decades ago. The new Somali shilling notes may come into circulation this year, alongside the dollar that’s been the main means of payment, and will replace fake or old currency in circulation, ...

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Blast in Somalia kills nearly 35 in Mogadishu marketplace

Blast in Somalia kills nearly 35 in Mogadishu marketplace

A Somali police officer says a blast at a busy market in the western part of Somalia’s capital killed at least 35 people. The powerful blast thought to be from a car bomb tore through shops and food stands in Mogadishu’s Madina district Sunday. The casualties may rise as many of the wounded victims suffered horrific wounds, KNN reports No ...

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