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Thousands flee to Somalia’s cities as drought claims more lives

Thousands flee to Somalia’s cities as drought claims more lives

Thousands of people in drought-stricken Somalia are heading to cities in search of food, water and medical help, as the crisis continues to claim lives. In cities like the capital Mogadishu, authorities are struggling to help the new arrivals. “We are welcoming our brothers and sisters with whatever we can,” Mogadishu mayor Hussien Yusuf Jimale told reporters on Tuesday. According ...

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UN okays 22 mln USD loan to prevent famine in Somalia

UN okays 22 mln USD loan to prevent famine in Somalia

The United Nations agricultural agency will be further scaling up its activities in drought-hit regions of Somalia thanks to a 22-million-U.S. dollar loan approved this week by the UN emergency response fund. “More than 2.9 million people are at risk of famine and many will predictably die from hunger if we do not act now,” the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian ...

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Ben Stiller joins YouTube stars to fight Somalia famine

Ben Stiller joins YouTube stars to fight Somalia famine

Ben Stiller is leading a star-studded campaign to raise $2m to fly food and water to Somalia through Turkish Airlines. After raising $1m in less than 24 hours thanks to the power of social media, the Zoolander star is now reaching out to other celebrities to donate funds to the campaign. The movement was started by French Vine and Snapchat ...

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UPDATE 2-Car bomb near presidential palace kills four in Somali capital.

UPDATE 2-Car bomb near presidential palace kills four in Somali capital.

At least four people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint less than a kilometre away from the presidential compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said. Security officials at the scene told Reuters the checkpoint was rammed by a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker, causing a blast outside a theatre. “At least four ...

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Final list of Somalia’s ministers announced Tuesday.

Final list of Somalia’s ministers announced Tuesday.

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Tuesday announced the list of 26 council of ministers and state ministers and deputy ministers after wide consultations among the state-holders.   The Prime Minister requested the Somali lawmakers to approve the new cabinet. “Our people are waiting for us under a serious situations, among them drought and possible famine…. We need the ...

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Hunger kills at least 26 in Somalia’s Jubbaland region

Hunger kills at least 26 in Somalia’s Jubbaland region

At least 26 people died from hunger in the semi-autonomous Jubbaland region of southern Somalia in just a day an a half, federal government radio said on its website. Somalia, like other countries in the region, is facing a devastating drought that has killed livestock, cut harvests and left 6.2 million people, about half its population, in need of food ...

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Turkish Airlines to Fly Supplies to Somalia During Drought

Turkish Airlines to Fly Supplies to Somalia During Drought

“Internet you did it!” Tweeted Vine and Snap star Jérôme Jarre. He’s got a reason to celebrate; celebrities banded together to raise money to help fight famine in Somalia and to care for its residents who were affected by a severe drought. (According to a video posted by Ben Stiller, about 6 million people are in danger of dying due ...

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NATO should help as illegal fishing led pirates to hijack tanker: Somali officials

NATO should help as illegal fishing led pirates to hijack tanker: Somali officials

The captain of the crew of a Comoros-flagged oil tanker that was hijacked and then released by Somali pirates said he feels like he was “dead and born,” after the ship reached a port in northern Somalia. Nicholas Anthony said Sunday he is grateful for efforts by the semiautonomous Puntland state in northern Somalia to secure their release. He gave ...

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With reduced patrols and illegal fishing, Somalia’s pirates could be making a comeback

With reduced patrols and illegal fishing, Somalia’s pirates could be making a comeback

Somali pirates finally released a Comoros-flagged oil tanker that they seized off the coast of Somalia a few days earlier. They agreed to forego their demand for ransom after learning that a Somali businessman had hired the ship to take oil from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The incident was evidence for those who argue piracy off the Somali ...

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Somalia slams unacceptable airstrike that killed 42 Somali refugees in Yemen.

Somalia slams unacceptable airstrike that killed 42 Somali refugees in Yemen.

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Sunday strongly condemned the Friday’s airstrike that killed at least 42 Somali refugees in Yemen by suspected Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militants, KNN reports. Mr.Khaire called a swift investigation into the matter to find the perpetrators.  He shared his sadness over the matter with the families and friends of the victims. “They were ...

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