Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, April 21, 2012

29 Somali Gang Members Indicted for Kidnapping, Raping and Selling Underage Girls (Video)

Iran accuses Saudi of recruiting Somalis to fight Houthis

(Yemen Post )- Iran accused Saudi Arabia of recruiting Sunni Somalis in order to fight the Houthis, who follow the Shiite sect of Islam, in northern Yemen, where the Houthis hold complete control, taking an advantage of the unrest which roiled Yemen for over a year.

Using artificial rain to fight African droughts

 (Vanguard - By UduMA KALU )- IS artificial  rain possible? Can rainfall be prevented? If artificial rain is possible, why hasn’t it not been used to combat the myriad of droughts hitting Africa? In the Horn of Africa, countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are endlessly plagued by drought so much that it takes the world to rescue them from hunger and death.

Pakistan plane crash leaves 120 dead

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The grisly search for remains at the scene of a commercial plane crash in Pakistan continued Saturday, with officials doubting anyone on board survived.

Kenya, Somalia border row threatens oil exploration

A worker at the Ngamia 1 oil rig in Turkana County

Video - Somaliland: The Pain of Rape

Friday, April 20, 2012

Somali gangs used girls for prostitution in Nashville apartments

Rights group: Kenya police executed terror suspect

(AP and Fox News )-NAIROBI, Kenya –  Armed men pulled two passengers off a bus on the Kenyan coast earlier this month. The body of one man was found two days later with his eyes gorged out, nose chopped off and genitals missing, and a human rights group says Kenyan police executed the man — a terror suspect.

'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

Man filling jerry canBy Matt McGrath -Science reporter, BBC World Service
Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater.
They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface.

UNjobs: legal translator/interpreter english-Somali, Hargeisa, Somalialand

Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Hargeisa, Somaliland
Location : Hargeisa, SOMALIA Application Deadline : 25-Apr-12 Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : National Consultant Languages Required :
English   Duration of Initial Contract : Retainer contract for one year Expected Duration of Assignment : One year

Buffalo: Somali boy abuse no secret before he was killed

Sarah Kuczka, left, and Alyssia Cruz-Jackson prepare to put up posters that they and fellow International Preparatory School students made in memory of one of their own, Abdi Mohamud, after his brutal death.
Derek Gee / Buffalo News

Malta looks into deploying more troops to Somalia

Maltese soldiers practise to take on the Somali pirates.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Somaliland boycotts proposed talks with Somalia

(Medeshi )-Somaliland minister of Foreign affairs Dr. Mohamed Omer said today in a BBC interview that Somaliland will boycott the proposed talks with the Somali government . The minister said that the reason for their decision is because the designated committee by the TFG included two members from Puntland state who hail from Somaliland regions .
 Somaliland has earlier appointed 5 ministers led by the foreign ministers to represent Somaliland on the proposed talks between the two countries on their future relations .

Turkey mediating talks with Al-Shabaab to bring peace

Al-Shabaab militants behead Somali district commissioner

(HOL)-The beheaded body of a regional Somali administrator was Wednesday recovered in a gruesome attack blamed on militant group Al-Shabaab.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Somali Presidential Candidate Unveils ''Somali Security Strategy''

Amid an increase in bombings in the Country -York, NY (MMD Newswire) April 18, 2012 -- Maine resident and candidate for President of Somalia, Said Issa Mohamud, has announced a plan to unify peacekeepers and create the conditions for economic development in his homeland. Entitled the "Somali Security Strategy," it is a first step in normalizing life for the residents of this failed state. Mohamud created The People Party of Somalia to compete in the first democratic election held in his homeland since the civil war.

Dahabshiil provides vital service for African community

APR 2012 BY Melissa Rudd (african business review) -The story behind international money transfer Dahabshiil truly is one of rags to riches.

The company, now one of the largest money transfer businesses in the Horn of Africa, was started by African entrepreneur Mohamed Duale.

USA : Somali teacher at home in Princeton

Rasin Gani says this photo is of him playing soccer with friends and classmates, which was likely in Kenya where he had fled with his family as a refugee from Somalia.

Syria : (Video)- International Letter & Petition to Asma al-Assad

Please sign the petition and ask the people in your networks to do the same (facebook, twitter, linkedin):


Video : Brief report about Somaliland army (in Somali )

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Suicide bomber kills soldier in Somalia's Baidoa

(Standard )- A suicide bomber on Tuesday April 17, killed at least one soldier in Baidoa, a former rebel stronghold captured by Somali and Ethiopian soldiers during an offensive in February, a government official said.

Somalia : American jihadist reportedly executed by Al shabaab

Omar Hamammi, seen in Mogadishu, Somalia, in May 2011

SOMALIA: Burkas to tracksuits

Female runners with the Somali Athletics Federation stretch at Mogadishu's shelled-out Konis stadium on 
March 10, 2012. In a society where the vast majority of women wear the full Islamic veil, girls doing sport like 
this is a significant break from the norm 
© Phil Moore/IRIN 

The worst place in the world to be a woman

(The Economist )- Quick study: Lisa Shannon on women in Somalia

Actress Angelina Jolie named special envoy for UN refugee agency

By Associated Press, GENEVA — The U.N. refugee agency says U.S. actress Angelina Jolie has been appointed as a special envoy for the organization.

13 defendants in khat smuggling case go to trial, allegedly imported $5M worth of the drug

By Associated Press, ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal trial is set to begin against 13 men accused of illegally smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of the illegal African drug khat (COT).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Piracy definition in dispute as piracy trial looms

(Fox News )- NORFOLK, Va. –  The trial of a Somali man U.S. authorities consider the highest-ranking pirate they have ever captured will begin this week in Virginia under a cloud of uncertainty about what the definition of piracy is.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin is charged with piracy and a host of other charges for his role in the 2011 hijacking of an American yacht off the coast of Africa in which all four passengers on board were shot and killed.

US scrambles to confirm reports of American terror leader's death in Somalia

American-born Islamist militant fighter Omar Hamammi, known as Abu Mansur Al-Amriki last year -AP

Al Qaida Finding Fertile Ground in Africa ( Video report included )

(VOA)-From eastern shores of Somalia to western borders of Mali, there has been an upsurge in Islamist violence across Africa.

Somalia : Nine Somalis deported from the US arrive at Mogadishu airport

(Medeshi )- April 16,2012 - Nine Somalis deported from the US arrived at Mogadishu airport on Monday morning . They were immediately searched thoroughly by the security forces and put under investigation .

Africa’s Free Press Problem

(NZ)-AS Africa’s economies grow, an insidious attack on press freedom is under way. Independent African journalists covering the continent’s development are now frequently persecuted for critical reporting on the misuse of public finances, corruption and the activities of foreign investors.

(Video) Ethiopia- Adama I Wind Power to open in June

(Nazret.com )- Adama I Wind Power project which has a capacity to generate 51 MW is expected to start operating in June. The Wind Farm located just outside the city of Nazareth (Adama) has successfully generated 12 MW during testing.

Somalia’s Islamists warn Sierra Leone of ‘Retaliation’

(Awareness Times )- By Abdalle Ahmed (RBC Radio)- The al Qaeda-linked group of Somalia, Al Shabab has yesterday Sunday 15th April 2012, warned Sierra Leone troops on peacekeeping duties, not to join the war in Somalia otherwise they will face the same fate as Kenyan soldiers who returned to Kenya as dead bodies.

South Boulder Mines upgrades Eritrea potash mine

* Study shows 85 pct increase in fertiliser reserves
* Australian firm says to increase mine life
HARGEISA, April 16 (Reuters) - Australia-based South Boulder Mines has upgraded its flagship Colluli potash mine in Eritrea to a first tier asset, after a study indicated an 85 percent increase in reserves, the firm said on Monday.

Trial : Norwegian who killed 77 people in Oslo and Utoya Island breaks down in court

By Simon Garner - Yahoo News | Anders Behring Breivik - the gunman who killed 77 people last summer in Oslo and Utoya Island - wept as he watched his own propaganda video on the first day of his trial in Norway.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Peace building in Somaliland (PRA Workshop )

(Medeshi)-This event was a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) seminar that was held in January 2001 for Somaliland MPs from Hargeisa , the capital of Somaliland and local residents of Dararweyne  village . The above black and white photo shows professor Richard Ford of Clark university of Massachusetts and Mohammed Ahmed Ali under a tree during the facilitation of the workshop .The professor who was invited through Kenya to run the workshop is here seen speaking to the participants while M. Ali takes notes.

Videos: Life as a Somali refugee

Somali children are the biggest victims of the refugee crisis in Somali.

East Africa : An oil rat race?

(The Independent - BY PETER NYANZI ) Ugandan officials say fears that Kenya’s oil discovery might steal the regional limelight from Uganda are unfounded

When Kenyan Energy ministry officials showed journalists samples of oil discovered in Turkana County late last month, there were big ripples across the world, not least in Uganda.

Somalia : Famine subsides following the Deyr harvest

Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Post Deyr 2011/12
Technical Series Report No VI. 44
March 2, 2012.

Read FSNAU report in PDF here : Famine subsides following the Deyr harvest

Security services raid house of South Sudan VP in Khartoum

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South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar (Reuters) 
April 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) Sudan’s security security services in Khartoum have raided the house of the South Sudan’s Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, arresting people and looting its movable assets, Juba has claimed.
James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s press secretary, told Sudan Tribune that the raid occurred at 3am on Sunday morning.

Somali pirates release Somaliland bound ship for $250.000 ransom

(Strategy Page)-April 12, 2012:  Pirates in Puntland released a small freighter Leila, seized two months ago, for the unusually small ransom of $250,000. Leila was taken off the coast of Oman and is a ro/ro (roll on/roll off) ship carrying automobiles and general cargo for Somaliland.

Somalia : Even Terrorists Have Feelings

(Strategy Page )- April 15, 2012: It is feared that the Somali pirates are planning to change tactics, using new weapons. That's because smuggler and black market chatter in countries adjoining Libya is that naval mines and shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles have been taken from Libyan military bases during the rebellion last year, are now available for sale.

U.N. demands end to Sudan, South Sudan clashes

(By David McKenzie, CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council has called for an immediate end to the escalating conflict between Sudan and South Sudan over a disputed oil-rich border region.
The border clashes have threatened to return the neighbors to a full-scale war.

Picture of the day

Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km (100 miles) northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, April 13, 2012. REUTERS/