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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Edna Hospital : Newly graduated doctors for Somaliland (Photos included )

Edna cried with happiness upon the graduation of these two former Edna Hospital nurses from medical school. They are among Somaliland’s newest (and finest!) doctors.
These two young women first graduated from the Edna Hospital school of Midwifery and then were trained by the Hospital as Nurses. The two showed such a lot of promise that the Edna Hospital then sponsored them through Medical School. Beaming with pride, Edna said, “They are great doctors and so happy to have them back at the hospital.”
“I would like to share with you a very proud moment when ‘our’ daughters graduated from medical school. I was so emotional that I cried of happiness. It was worth waiting for the first females to graduate from medical school who are linked to our hospital.
“On Wednesday the 27th of July, 2011, the two medical students who we have supported financially and morally for the past six years have graduated!
“Two weeks before this date, there was a ceremony to announce the students who had graduated from medical school, and on the 27th of July, there was the grand graduation for 192 students graduation from various faculties of Amoud University. The President and the First Lady attended the graduation and I was one of the people who spoke on this occasion.”
Dr. Shukri wants to become a surgeon and has been working with the American surgeons from Kijabe Hospital in Kenya over the years. Edna is proud to report, “They love her and ask for her before they come.”
Dr. Naima is more into Obstetrics which is some more good news for the Edna Hospital.

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Iman: Somali Children are dying before our eyes, and we can stop it

|Medeshivalley.com|Independent |
Until last week, I had not let my 11-year-old daughter Alexandria see the pictures of the food crisis in my home country of Somalia.I didn't think she was ready. Finally, I showed them to her, and she cried. No wonder: thousands of children arrive at feeding centres having not eaten or drunk for days.

Video- Face in the clouds caught during storm

A mysterious cloud formation resembling a human head was caught on tape during a storm in Canada this week.
Cameraman Denis Farmer caught the spooky film from his back yard in Grand Falls, New Brunswick as a storm brewed over the east Canadian town. The clouds seem to form a human profile before disappearing into the haze.

Libyan rebels push towards Az Zawiyah

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
Libyan opposition fighters have captured a strategic town in western Libya, as they intensify a push towards the coastal city of Az Zawiyah. Hundreds of rebels fought Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the battle for Bir Ghanem, 85km from the capital, Tripoli, on Saturday morning.

Images 'May Show Flowing Water' On Mars

|Medeshivalley.com|Space.com |
Salt water could be running down some slopes of Mars every spring, researchers suggest.
Such a finding would suggest new directions to search for any life that still existed on the Red Planet. Clusters of dark, narrow lines that periodically emerge and lengthen on slopes in the warmer regions suggest briny water on Mars might still be flowing in a few rare places on the planet's surface.

We receive serious threats, says Rwandan opposition

|Medeshivalley.com| | Radio Netherlands Worldwide |
Rumours about Rwandan refugees and exiles receiving threats, mysteriously disappearing or being murdered are nothing new. However, as Rwandans are becoming increasingly critical of the government, opposition leaders warn that Kigali may pose a more serious threat, even in Europe. British police recently warned two Rwandans that they may be at risk of being assassinated by their government. But are these concerns justified?

31 US soldiers die in Afghan helicopter attack

|Medeshivalley.com|Sky News
Dozens of soldiers have died after the Taliban shot down a Nato helicopter - in the deadliest single attack on foreign troops since the Afghanistan war began in 2001.

IIROSA extends food relief to Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|By ARAB NEWS |
A refugee woman from southern Somalia attends to her child in their makeshift shelter in a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday. (AP).

Letter to Somaliland information Minister on recent arrests of journalists

Ahmed Abdi Mahamud ‘Haabsade’
Minister of Information
Republic of Somaliland
18 July 2011
Dear Minister,
I write as the Chair of Somaliland Focus (UK) which as you may know was formed in London in November 2005 by a group of observers of the election to the House of Representatives that year. Since our formation we have been making the case for wider awareness of Somaliland and its democratic process. We were joint coordinators of the international observers to 2010’s presidential election, and were one of the organisations which helped to form the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Somaliland.

Baroor Diiq: Marxuum Omer H. Duale Abdalla

Inaa Lillaahi waa inaa Illayni Raajucuun
Marka hore waxaan Illaahay uga baryayaa in uu Marxuumka qabriga u u Iftiimiyo, Jannaddii Fardaysanna illaahay ka waraabiyo.

Somalia : Al-Shabab Lost Strategic Frontlines Pulling Out OF Mogadishu

|Medeshivalley.com|HOL |
Somalia’s Islamist opposition fighters Al-Shabaab on Friday night withdrew its militants from the restive capital Mogadishu following intense artillery shelling from forces of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) backed by the African Union peace keeping mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

SOMALILAND: President Silanyo set to visit China

HARGEISA — Somaliland President Ahmed M. Silanyo, leading a high-level ministerial delegation, is to fly to Beijing on Saturday at the start of his first China visit.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Once a prisoner, Amanda Lindhout returns to Somalia for aid

|Medeshivalley.com|CTV |
Amanda Lindhout attends a reception held in her honour by the Alberta Somali-Canadian community in Calgary on Sunday Feb. 21, 2010. She was kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and held for more than a year being released in late 2009. (Larry MacDougal / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Ethiopia 'using aid as weapon of oppression'

|Medeshivalley.com|BBC |

A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.

Ethiopia Aid Exposed : Response from the Ethiopian Embassy

|Medeshivalley.com|thebureauinvestigates |

Ethiopian flag-Flickr/hauteboy
On Thursday a joint investigation by Newsnight and the Bureau was broadcast on the BBC. The film exposed human rights abuses and the withholding of aid for political means within Ethiopia.

A Special Investigative Report: Europe’s taxpayers fund abuses in Ethiopia

|Medeshivalley.com|Nazret |
The team found villagers eating leaves in order to survive

Ten dead as Somali troops, residents loot famine aid

|Medeshivalley.com|By Abdi Sheikh | Reuters |
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 10 Somalis, among them refugees, were killed on Friday during a firefight that broke out in Mogadishu when troops and residents looted truckloads of food meant for famine victims, witnesses said.

29,000 children ‘killed by Somalia famine’

TENS OF THOUSANDS of children have died due to the famine in Somalia.
Meanwhile, refugee camps in east Ethopia struggle to cope with the huge numbers of people arriving from its stricken neighbour.

SOMALIA: UNHCR airlifts aid to Mogadishu


Photo: OCHA Somalia
GENEVA, 5 August 2011 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, will fly its first humanitarian airlift to Somalia in five years next week, the agency said at a briefing in Geneva on 5 August. 
The first of three planned flights is scheduled to land in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on 8 August. 
The plane will be taking more than 31MT of shelter material and other aid items from the agency’s stockpile in Dubai to the displaced in Mogadishu. An estimated 100,000 people, fleeing drought and famine, have reached Mogadishu over the past two months alone in search of food, water and shelter.

Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it was getting positive responses to its request for free or heavily discounted air cargo space, with Fedex putting a Paris-to-Nairobi flight at its disposal. 
British Airways, Lufthansa, UPS and Virgin had earlier also offered cargo space for critically needed supplies."We're looking to others to come forward with more help," UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said. 
To date, thousands of people have died in south-central Somalia alone of starvation and diseases related to the food crisis. UN officials say no precise figures are available because of the security situation.

7 Killed in Looting at Somalia Aid Camp

|Medeshivalley.com|VOA |
Witnesses at a refugee camp in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, say seven people were killed during a looting spree that broke out as food was being distributed to famine and drought victims.
People at the scene say the violence began Friday when men dressed as government troops began stealing food at the Badbaado camp, the largest refugee complex in the capital.

Anglo-Somali Society Somalia Famine Appeal, August 2011

Anglo-Somali Society Somalia Famine Appeal, August 2011 www.anglosomalisociety.org.uk 
Members, friends, and sympathisers will be only too well aware, through national and global media, of the horrific conditions being endured by millions of Somalis in the Horn of Africa.
The Council of the Anglo-Somali Society is adding its voice to advertisements you may already have seen by appealing to you to help at least some of those badly affected.

EU to give 175 mn euro extra aid to Somalia

BRUSSELS, Aug 5 (KUNA) -- EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs Friday announced the decision to step up Europe's long-term commitment to Somalia with an extra 175 million euro in development assistance.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Farah: In Somalia, new famine has been born of old failures

|Medeshivalley.com|Nuruddin Farah, Special to The Washington Post|
If the past is anything to go by, TVs the world over will show heart-wrenching pictures of malnourished Somali babies with distended kwashiorkor bellies; of flies feeding on their eyes; of mouths sucking at milkless breasts. Environmental experts will pontificate on the recurrent droughts in Somalia.

Turkey to help famine-hit Somalia, planning to mobilize efforts in Africa

|Medeshivalley.com|TODAYSZAMAN.COM |
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (R) speaks at a news conference with his Ghanaian counterpart Mohammed Mumuni. (Photo: AA)

IKEA Foundation Helps Improve 130000 Children's Lives in Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|WEBWIR |
UNICEF is planning to scale up their work to save children’s lives in Somalia, IKEA Foundation will enable UNICEF to provide treatment to 130,000 malnourished children.

FTSE Loses £50bn As World Markets Tumble

|Medeshivalley.com| Sky News|
Almost £50bn has been wiped off the value of the FTSE as the EU president warned the eurozone crisis is spreading. The listing for the UK's top 100 companies closed at 5393, down 191 points or 3.43%, taking £49.8bn from its value.

Those Somali Pirates and the Scramble for Africa

|Medeshivalley.com| by Enver Masud (TheWisdomFund) | ecoterra |
Those Somali pirates - trying to stop illegal dumping and trawling, the crisis in Darfur, the war crimes charges against Sudan's presidentOmar al-Bashir, and the bases in Africa sought by AFRICOM are best understood in the context of the New Great Game - the scramble for Africa's resources. 


|Medeshivalley.com|ecoterra |
STATUS-SUMMARY:Today, 03. August 2011 at 23h50 UTC, at least 33 larger plus 18 smaller foreign vessels plus one stranded barge are kept in Somali hands against the will of their owners, while at least 572 hostages or captives - including a South-African yachting couple as well as a Danish yacht-family with three children and two friends - suffer to be released.

The Black Gold Rush in Ethiopia's Somali region

|Medeshivalley.com| Nazret|

Ethiopia says it will hope to start gas and oil production in about six years time from its huge and under-developed reserves in its Somali Region. In recent years the government of Ethiopia has issued exploration licenses to several companies to develop 31 blocks out of 41 throughout Ethiopia, according to Reuters news agency.

Earthquake reported at Ethiopia-Somaliland border


Earthquake reported at Ethiopia-Somaliland border
Scientists believe a new continent will form in east Africa
  • The website Earthquakereport.com disclosed a 5.5 Magnitude earthquake at the border of Ethiopia and Somaliland. According to the area map, the closest Ethiopian towns near the earthquake epicenter are Teferi Ber and Derwernache, in a remote Somali region of the country. People in the Somaliland capital city of Hargeisha, several kilometers away, felt the quake and it is likely that Ethiopian cities Dire Dawa and Jijiga also felt the earthquake.
A potentially dangerous earthquake has hit on the border of Ethiopia and Somaliland (Somalia), early this morning.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

United Nations Urges Ethiopia to Suspend Gibe III Dam Construction

In June, a committee concluded that the construction of the dam endangered the existence of Lake Turkana, the largest desert lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

PICTURE GALLERY : Famine Grips Southern Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Sky News |

Two spiral galaxies make up NGC 3314

|Medeshivalley.com|Two for the Price of One|
Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA/Processing: Martin PughWednesday, August 3, 2011: Not one, but two spiral galaxies make up NGC 3314. In the foreground, one galaxy appears face-on to us. The glow of the background galaxy brings out the dark swirls of interstellar dust in the foreground galaxy, a rare opportunity to explore the distribution of a galaxy's dust. NGC 3314 lies about 140 million light-years (background galaxy) and 117 million light-years (foreground galaxy) away in the multi-headed constellation Hydra.

Al Shabaab : Poor Little Bad Guys

|Medeshivalley.com|Stragey Page |
August 3, 2011:  Al Shabaab is taking a beating, and most of it is self-inflicted. The more publicized reasons for this include the growing list of lifestyle restrictions imposed on Somalis (what to wear, what to eat, what to do, or not do). This includes no foreign aid, which has caused more people to take up arms against al Shabaab, but simply caused many others to flee (to places where they can get free food).

APO in Kingston upon Thames Gets Heritage Lottery Grant

The Slave Trade with cloves from Zanzibar
Press release:
Charity in heritage project to uncover curry’s role in ending slave trade
Curry food may be Britain’s number one food, but many people in this country will be surprised to learn that the love for food made with curry spices helped bring an end to mankind’s most infamous trade. A Kingston-based charity, African Positive Outlook (APO) has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to uncover the link between imports into Britain of cloves, from which curry spices are made, and the abolition of the Indian Ocean slave trade.

Somaliland : Borama Earh Quake Felt in Hargeisa

Reports coming from Somaliland indicate that an Earth quake shook Borama , the capital of Awdal region on midnight, Tuesday the 2nd of August 2011 and the reports added that it was felt in the capital Hargeisa which is located more than hundred kilometres east.Eng . Abdiwahab Ahmed Yassin who is currently in Hargeisa  informed us on Tuesday night that the earth quake that hit shook Borama was felt in Hargiesa and that it was probably in the magnitude between 5 and 6 on the Richter scale .

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Libya War To Continue Whether NATO Leaves Or Not: Gaddafi Camp

|Medeshivalley.com|Huffingtonpost |
(Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's camp has vowed to push on with its war against rebels whether or not NATO stops its bombing campaign, leaving little room for diplomacy to end the five-month conflict.

US : Background Briefing on Somalia and Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance

|Medeshivalley.com|Special Briefing| Office of the Spokesperson | Washington, DC | August 2, 2011


Let me just remind everybody that this is – this call is on background and ask that if you find quotes that you want to use that you attribute those to Senior Administration Officials.

AFRICA: Horn migrants heading south "pushed backwards"

Many of the Somali asylum seekers begin their journey from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp (file photo)
JOHANNESBURG, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) - Increasing numbers of Ethiopians and Somalis fleeing war, drought and poverty in their home countries face arrest, deportation and detention as they try to make their way to the south of the continent.

For most the goal is South Africa - the only country in the region where refugees and asylum seekers have freedom of movement and the right to work rather than being confined to camps. But as the number of migrants from the Horn of Africa seeking asylum in South Africa has reached unprecedented levels, border authorities have started refusing them entry. 

AID POLICY: The conundrum of achieving “value for money” in fragile states

The "value-for-money" approach to aid is not always pertinent to fragile states, such as Somalia, say analysts (file photo)
LONDON, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) - When the fourth high-level forum onaid effectiveness holds its next session in the South Korean port town of Busan in November, the issue of how successfully development aid can, and should, be discussed will be high on the agenda. Aid measurements cannot be “dumbed down”, say analysts, particularly in fragile states. 
The aid effectiveness debate is high on many donor radar and is particularly lively in the UK where the government promised to maintain its level of development aid, despite the economic recession. 
At a meeting on aid effectiveness in London on 25 July, Sarah Cliffe, World Bank director responsible for the World Development Report, said that on recent visits to the rest of Europe

New ISAF warning on Somali pirates - Simply Don't Go!

'Somali pirates'    .

Saudi Arabia plans world’s tallest tower

|Medeshivalley.com|Financial Times |
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment vehicle, Kingdom Holding, has announced that an associate company will partner with the country’s Bin Laden Group to build a tower near Jeddah that would replace Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building.
The associate company, Jeddah Economic Co, signed the SR4.6bn ($1.23bn) contract with the Bin Laden Group, a construction company, that will also own a 16.63 per cent stake in the company. Kingdom Co will hold 33.35 per cent.
The 1km-tall building will include a Four Seasons hotel and apartments, luxury condominiums and offices. The tower is the first phase of the 5.3m square metre Kingdom City development to be built north of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, according to a statement on the Saudi bourse, Tadawul.
Construction is due to start shortly and is expected to take just over five years. The design was inspired by a desert plant.

Somalia / Website reporter pardoned and freed in Puntland


PARIS, FranceAugust 2, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday's decision by Abdurrahman Mohamed Farole, the president of the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland, to pardon and release Faysal Mohamed Hassan, the correspondent of the news website Hiiran Online (HOL).
Hassan was arrested on 29 June and was sentenced three days later to a year in prison on charges of putting out false information and “endangering Puntland's security.”
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Somalis Waste Away as Insurgents Block Escape From Famine

|Medeshivalley.com|NYTimes |
A malnourished child at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 500,000 Somali children are verging on starvation.

Somali Flamboyant Friend Killed in Norway Is Mourned

|Medeshivalley.com|NYTimes |

Todd Heisler/The New York Times -
Friends gathered to reminisce about Ismail Haji Ahmed. The Somalia native loved to dance and wore Lady Gaga-inspired outfits.

Gaza launches relief campaign to support the Somali people

|Medeshivalley.com| Ma'an News Agency |
The Arab doctors union launched a campaign on Tuesday to assist the Somali people.
The campaign is called "From Gaza hand in hand to save the children of Somalia" and will last throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Madagascar: Sex for school fees


A homeless boy in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo climbs a sign post
ANTANANARIVO, 1 August 2011 (IRIN) - The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned to sex work to pay her tuition fees. Charging up to US$7 a time, she works in the poor Antananarivo suburb of 67 Hectares. 

“The reason I sought money is because my parents were in financial difficulty. They have difficulties and I can help them. It’s me who’s paid my school fees since I was 13 years old. I was scared but I made an effort because of my parents’ money problems,” she told IRIN.

Taiwan Government limited in fight against Somali pirates

|Medeshivalley.com| Taipei Times |
“Seafarers,” the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) says in its Guidelines on Fair Treatment of Seafarers, “are recognized as a special category of worker, given the global nature of the shipping industry and the different jurisdictions that they may be brought into contact with, and need special protection, especially in relation to contacts with public authorities.”

Somalia : Baptist Christian from Alabama recruited by Al shabaab

|Medeshivalley.com|worldtribune |
WASHINGTON — Somalia has become an increasingly attractive venue for Americans recruited by Al Qaida. More than 40 Americans have been recruited by Al Qaida-aligned militias, particularly Al Shabab, in Somalia. These Americans, one of them a Baptist Christian from Alabama, decided to leave their homes to fight and often die for the Al Qaida rebellion in the Horn of Africa state.

Dust cloud envelops Saudi Arabia's west-coast cities

|Medeshivalley.com|By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN | ARAB NEWS|
JEDDAH: The eve of the holy month of Ramadan brought with it a huge wind-borne dust cloud that enveloped the Kingdom’s west-coast cities from Jazan to Jeddah.Visibility dropped to well below a kilometer and the sun struggled to penetrate the sickly yellow haze as a faint white disc.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

142 people dead as Syrian tanks storm Hama

|Medeshivalley.com|Al Jazeera |
Syrian forces have killed nearly 142 people, including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama to crush dissent on the eve of Ramadan, activists have said.

3rd Kuwaiti Aid Plane Heads To Drought-Stricken Somalia

|Medeshivalley.com|Islamic Aid Groups Meet In Istanbul |
KUWAIT CITY, July 28, (Agencies): A third Kuwaiti plane loaded with humanitarian aid headed Thursday to drought-stricken Somalia. Media Officer of Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), which organizes the trips, Khalid Al-Zaid told KUNA that the plane took off from Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base early Thursday carrying food, medicine, baby-milk formulas and tents.