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Saturday, December 12, 2009

University of Pretoria awards Medal to Edna Adan

Published by Edna Adan at 2:03 am under Edna Adan, Hospital News, Somaliland
Edna Adan was at the University of Pretoria this past Thursday to accept the Chancellor’s Medal for her outstanding contribution to humanity, and particularly with regard to helping the under-privileged people of Somaliland to realize their right to health.

U.N. Experts Get Threats in Inquiry Into Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya — United Nations experts investigating whether Somali businessmen are funneling aid money to terrorist groups have recently received death threats warning them to stop their work, according to United Nations officials.
A United Nations Security Council committee issued a statement on Friday in response to the threats, saying that it “deplores such acts of intimidation and interference.”

UK bans Kenyans over corruption


The UK has issued a travel ban to more than 20 Kenyan citizens accused of corruption, the High Commissioner says.
Rob Macaire said the ban was a last resort, pointing out that no senior official had ever been convicted of corruption by a Kenyan court.
He was speaking at the launch of a new campaign aimed at tackling corruption.

Somalia in crisis: Drought, famine, narcotics trade, Islamic militias, pirates

UNITED NATIONS — One of the world’s longest running humanitarian crisis beset by conflict, drought and collapsed government continues to plague Somalia. And the now the impoverished East African state faces yet another crisis, a severe shortfall in emergency aid. UN officials warned that unless new funding enters the pipeline soon, the already stretched humanitarian operations will start 2010 with “zero in the bank” to meet the “life-threatening situations” in the volatile Horn of Africa.

Al Qaeda Operations Planner Saleh Al-Somali Believed Dead in Drone Strike

The senior al Qaeda operative killed in a drone strike in Pakistan earlier this week was Saleh al-Somali, a major operations planner for the terrorist group, ABC News has learned.
"There are strong indications that senior al Qaeda operations planner Saleh al-Somali has died," a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Somali Islamists improving tactics, bombs

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali Islamist insurgents have imported terrorist tactics and technology used with deadly results in Iraq and Afghanistan, threatening the African country's beleaguered government and causing alarm as far as Washington.
Somali fighters over the past two years have gone from simply throwing grenades into crowded rooms to building advanced remote-controlled bombs. Analysts fear that the transfer of tactics and technology may strengthen ties between Somali Islamists and al-Qaida.

Paris & Cairo deadlocked over Bashir’s presence in summit


December 10, 2009 (PARIS) – The French and Egyptian government have refused to back down from their respective positions on the presence of Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in the France-Africa summit scheduled for early next year in the Egyptian Red Sea coastal city of Sharm El-Sheik.

The status of Bashir as a figure indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in the Darfur war crimes is in the heart of the row as European Union (EU) rules prohibit its members from engaging into contacts with him.

Somali pirates receive $2.7m ransom for Greek ship

From correspondents in Mogadishu

SOMALI pirates holding a Greek-owned vessel since May said a $US2.5 million ($2.75 million) ransom was finally paid today and the MV Ariana and its crew of 24 Ukrainians would be freed shortly.

"The deal is now complete, the ransom money was delivered to us early this morning and the ship will be released within minutes," Mohamed Ilkaase, a member of the pirate gang holding the MV Ariana, told AFP by phone from the coastal town of Hobyo.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bolloré proposes Berbera-Adis Ababa transport corridor

Bolloré Africa Logistics, part of the privately-owned Bolloré Group, has come up with a plan to connect the Ethiopian capital with the Port of Berbera in Somaliland
Outlining the project in London yesterday (9 December), BAL's executive vice president, Dominique Lafont, made the point that Ethiopia, which has been landlocked since Eritrea became independent in the early 1990s, is today totally dependent for foreign seaborne trade on just one outlet, the port in Djibouti.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Somaliland & drought: the tale of one elderly


Balli Hiile, Somaliland
Louis Belanger
Oxfam International Spokesman in New York
I'm not going anywhere. I prefer to die in my house", Abdilahi Ahmed Ali, a drought-affected herdsman in Somaliland

Somalia suicide bomber from Denmark


RC - News -The suicide bombing that killed 23 people in Somalia last week was carried out by a man who grew up in Copenhagen

A suicide bomb that killed 23 people in Mogadishu last week was detonated by a young Danish-Somali man, reports Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
Close friends have confirmed Somali police’s identification of the 24-year-old man from pictures taken after the blast, which devastated a hotel ceremony for newly educated doctors.
The suspect lived 20 years in Denmark, growing up in the city district of Brønshøj and later living in the suburb of Rødovre.
Danish intelligence service PET has not released the name of the man, nor has it yet made a positive identification. But yesterday the agency reported that the bomber was ‘a Somali citizen who had residence in Denmark’.

Setback to Somaliland

Elections in Somaliland have been postponed five times and the National Electoral Commission has yet to set a sixth date. For those of us who wish Somaliland well, this is a setback to the democratic process that Somaliland has nurtured with such care since 1991. For a thorough analysis of the issue see the December 7, 2009, policy briefing titled “Somaliland: A Way Out of the Electoral Crisis” by the International Crisis Group.  http://www.crisisgroup.org/library/documents/africa/horn_of_africa/b67_somaliland___a_way_out_of_the_electoral_crisis.pdf
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Africans could vanish if Copenhagen fails – AU chief

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
December 8, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – As a decisive UN climate change conference opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the African Union chairman Jean ping, warns that the African population could face an unprecedented disaster, if world leaders now fail to reach on a new and binding deal on climate change.
The Two-week long summit, expected to decide on the future fate of the planet, opened on Monday attracting negotiators from 192 countries.
Mr. Jean Ping made the strong remarks yesterday in Vienna at a UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) annual conference.

Ethiopia and Eritrea top the list in jailing journalists in Africa

CPJ’s annual prison census 2009:
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 9 out of 10 detained without charge
New York, December 8, 2009—On December 1, a total of 25 journalists were imprisoned in Sub-Saharan Africa in retaliation for their journalism, and nearly 90 percent of these journalists were detained without charges in secret detention facilities, according to an annual census of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Countries as wide ranging as Eritrea, Iran, and the United States were on the list of nations who had imprisoned journalists without charge.

UNICEF programme expanded to fight widespread undernutrition in Somaliland

By Iman Morooka
HARGEISA, Somaliland,  - In Somalia, more than 40 per cent of children exhibit signs of chronic nutritional deprivation. This can be a life-threatening condition if appropriate interventions are not provided.
(A staff member at the UNICEF-supported outpatient therapeutic clinic in Hargeisa, checks the records of severely undernourished children treated at the facility) .

Alternative energy reduces poverty in Somaliland

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is running an energy and livelihood project that aims to increase access to renewable energy sources and reduce poverty for hundreds of thousands of impoverished individuals within the states of Puntland and Somaliland .

The Somalia Energy and Livelihoods Project (SELP) is based on a joint needs assessment that was conducted by ADRA in 2005. The assessment revealed that more than 95 percent of Somalia's low-income population has no access to electricity. It also showed that 87 percent of the total energy utilized in Somalia originated from biomass fuels, such as wood, charcoal, and crop waste.

Somaliland: A way out of the electoral crisis


Source: International Crisis Group (ICG)
Nairobi/Brussels, 7 December 2009: The stalled electoral process has plunged Somaliland into a serious political crisis that presents yet another risk of destabilisation in the region.
Somaliland: A Way out of the Electoral Crisis, the latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines what stalled democratisation could mean. It concludes that politicians must finally uphold the constitution, abide by electoral laws and adhere to inter-party agreements if the region, which seeks independence from Somalia, is to hold genuinely free and fair elections in 2010. Otherwise, there is a risk that hard-earned stability will be lost as clan militias remobilise.

Suicide Bombers Going On Strike

Wahabism in action :
(Medeshi) : From our correspondent in Bahrain
Muslim suicide bombers in Utopia  are set to begin a three-day strike on in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda management have so far failed to produce an agreement.
The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death will be cut by 25%  next January from 72 to only 60. The rationale for the cut was the increase  in recent years of the number of suicide bombings and a subsequent shortage  of virgins in the afterlife.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Joint Letter Calls for Good Governance and Democracy in Somaliland to Prevail

The Swedish Parliament
Stockholm, Sweden
The Italian Parliament
Senate of the Republic,  Rome, Italy.
Dear Mr. Dahir Riyale Kahin, President of Somaliland
Dear Mr. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi, Speaker Somaliland Parliament
Dear Mr. Sh Ahmed Sh Nuuh, Deputy Speaker house of Elders
Dear Mr. Mohamed Mahamoud Siilanyo, Party Chairman, Kulmiye
Dear Mr. Faisal Ali Warabe, Party chairman, Welfare party
Dear all,
We are great friends of Somaliland and have followed the political development in your country closely for many years. Somaliland's government has created stability and democratic governance when Somalia has remained in armed conflict. Somaliland has for good reasons been called “Peace Paradise in Africa”.

Rise in mental health disorders worries Somaliland officials


HARGEISA, 7 December 2009 (IRIN) - Health officials in Somalia's self-declared independent region of Somaliland have expressed concern over a rise in mental illness, which they attribute to post-war trauma, joblessness, drug abuse and khat use.
(A mentally handicapped man lies on the ground in Hargeisa: Health officials have expressed concern over the rise in mental health challenges in the region )
"Mental health problems have increased in Somaliland because of several reasons; that is why in October 2008, the Ministry of Health and Labour established a new department to deal with mental disorder coordination," Mustafe Hussein Hirsi, the mental health coordinator in the ministry, said.
He said public and private hospitals across the region had recorded an increase in mental disorders, "for example, here in the Hargeisa Group Hospital, we had 140 patients in 2008 and now we have 180 patients".

Somalia on high alert

Mogadishu - Somalia's government is warning that militants plan to carry out suicide attacks against key installations in Mogadishu.
Police spokesperson Abdullahi Hassan Barise says that intelligence shows that suicide bombers plan to target the airport, seaport and the presidential palace.

Somalia replaces top security officials


MOGADISHU, Somalia -- (AP) -- The Somali government replaced its police and army chiefs Sunday ahead of a planned military offensive, the Somali information minister said.
The reshuffle came as fresh clashes between insurgents and government forces in the ruined capital of Mogadishu killed six people, including a mother and two young children.

Somalis rally against Islamists

Hundreds of Somalis have taken to the streets of Mogadishu to protest against al-Shabab, the group held responsible for a deadly suicide attack last week.
Protesters burned the group's flag in what analysts say is an unprecedented show of anger at the militants, who control large parts of the country. ( Al-Shabab are notoriously violent and people rarely speak out against them)
Although al-Shabab has been widely blamed for the atrocity, the group has issued a statement denying involvement.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Ransom deal blocked' for Somali hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler

Mark Townsend and Rajeev Syal  (Guardian.co.uk)

A British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates six weeks ago were on the verge of being freed for a £100,000 ransom when the government blocked the deal, the Observer can reveal.
The money to release Paul and Rachel Chandler, taken hostage from their yacht on 23 October, had been agreed by a British negotiator two weeks ago. Foreign Office officials rejected the breakthrough, saying that they would not allow payments to hostage-takers.