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Somalia : Will Somalia get enough rain


JOHANNESBURG,  – Parts of southern Somalia are yet to recover from the battering they took in 2010-2011, when severe drought followed excessive rain, and now the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) says insufficient rain may fall in the coming months. “We are concerned – our forecast shows that there is 80 percent probability […]


Somalia: Global warming may have fueled Somali drought

famine victim

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Global warming may have contributed to low rain levels in Somalia in 2011 where tens of thousands died in a famine, research by British climate scientists suggests. Scientists with Britain’s weather service studied weather patterns in East Africa in 2010 and 2011 and found that yearly precipitation known as the […]


Ethiopia: An Early Warning for a Famine in 2013

ethiopian map showing areas prone to famine

For the past several months, there has been much display of public sorrow and grief in Ethiopia. But not for the millions of invisible Ethiopians who are suffering and dying from starvation, or what the “experts” euphemistically call “acute food insecurity”. These Ethiopians are spread across a large swath of the country (see map above, […]


SOMALILAND: President appeals for urgent aid as drought ravages nation

President Ahmed Silanyo appeals for urgent humanitarian assistance

HARGEISA — President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo on Sunday issued an emergency appeal for international aid saying his unrecognized country is suffering its worst drought, devastating four main regions. “The situation is very critical with reports of lack of water, food shortages and infectious disease outbreak,” he said in a press release in Hargeisa. The president […]


SOMALIA: Turkey succeeds where Western nations failed

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) welcomes Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed during an international conference on Somalia, in Istanbul last week

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) welcomes Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed during an international conference on Somalia, in Istanbul last week. (Osman Orsal/Reuters) MOGADISHU — In a sprawl of plastic refugee shelters and mortar-blasted buildings in Mogadishu, a mud-caked Turkish engineering team monitors the drilling of a new borehole while their armed guards chat […]


Why are kidnappings a problem in and around Somalia?

Poverty is stark in Somalia. The country doesn’t have a government strong enough to stop the crime. Those two things have helped make kidnapping foreigners and seizing foreign ships common in and around this anarchic state. Somalia and neighboring Kenya rank ninth in the world for kidnapping threats, according to the British-based company AKE, which […]


SOMALIA: Turks teach Somalis how to make bread

Turkish Red Crescent teaches Somali people how to make bread.

The Turkish team would open a mobile kitchen to meet food need of 10,000 people a day, Lostar also said. MOGADISHU — Turkish Red Crescent teaches Somali people how to make bread in a mobile bakery, head of the Turkish team said on Sunday. Alpaslan Safak Lostar, the head of the delegation of Turkish Red […]


Mo Farah launches foundation to help Somalia

Farah launches foundation to help Somalia famine victims

NAIROBI — Mo Farah described today how winning the world title he had always coveted in September prompted him to use the accomplishment to help starving people back in his homeland of Somalia. The athlete who was born in Mogadishu and moved to England from the war-torn nation when he was eight was speaking today […]


In Somaliland, less money has brought more democracy

Cars clog a main road in Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway region of Somaliland. Photograph: Shashank Bengali/Getty Images

Unable to access foreign aid, Somaliland’s government has had to negotiate with citizens and business leaders for financial support – and provide stability and democracy in return HARGEISA — As the humanitarian crisis in southern Somalia threatens millions of lives, Somalia’s little-known northern neighbour, Somaliland, is doing so well that its government recently offered to […]


Help For Somalia Comes From Unexpected Sources

An extended family arrives at a makeshift camp for Somalis displaced by drought and famine on August 13, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. (John Moore/Getty Images)

MOGADISHU — The crisis in Somalia has grown so acute—with an estimated 3.2 million people now on the verge of starvation—that aid is coming in from some unexpected places. On Friday, the government of Somaliland announced it was making its first ever offer of aid to another state. Somaliland is a breakaway region of northwest […]


Turkey to re-open embassy in Somalia

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan speaks with internal displaced children from southern Somali (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

MOGADISHU— Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, keen to strengthen Ankara’s ties with the African continent, said on Friday he would set up an embassy in Somalia and promised major infrastructure projects in Mogadishu. The visit by Erdogan, the first leader from outside Africa to visit for nearly two decades, was aimed at drawing attention to […]


Iran’s Foreign Minister set to visit Somalia

Somalia's Agriculture Minister Abdullahi Hagi Mohamed Nuur

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s Agriculture Minister Abdullahi Hagi Mohamed Nuur has praised Iran for its prompt dispatch of humanitarian relief aid to the drought-hit nation, where millions are on the brink of starvation. Speaking at the “Emergency in the Horn of Africa” meeting in Rome on Thursday, the senior Somali official pointed to the growing famine […]


Turkish PM arrives in Somalia to draw attention to famine

Tayyip Erdogan

MOGADISHU —Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somalia on Friday where he plans to visit relief camps and hospitals to draw international attention to the East African country’s drought and famine situation. [ad#Google Adsense (336x280)] Erdogan was accompanied by his family and four cabinet ministers. Earlier this week, Turkey held a summit of the […]


U.N. investigating stolen famine aid

A malnourished Somali child sits next to makeshift tents at a camp for people who have been displaced by drought in Mogadishu on August 9, 2011.  AFP/Getty Images

MOGADISHU — Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts in this nearly lawless country. The U.N.’s World Food Program acknowledged for the first time […]


The Looming Danger That Africa and Int. Community Need to Confront


The situation in the Horn of Africa is basically of that of famine and unprecedented drought affecting many countries, but when this catastrophe eases, and the Shabaab leaves the operating theater, there is another danger that I foresee coming without any doubt, unless the International Community addresses it wisely. Somaliland celebrated 20th anniversary of its […]