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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Best Somaliland Film -HAN iyo HAGRASHO.- (Video- 41 Minutes)

(Medeshi)- A full length Somaliland film about the educated and the uneducated .

Friday, May 3, 2013

UK - Hibaq Jama wins labour seat in Bristol

(Medeshi)- Hibaq Jama has won Labour’s elections for 2013 council elections in Lawrence Hill. Labour performed very strongly in East Bristol, seeing off the threat from UKIP, but failed to make inroads in the north and west of the city - where the Tories clung on to Avonmouth and Henbury.

Lawrence Hill has had Labour councillors for many years – Councillor Brenda Hugill and since 2011, Councillor Margaret Hickman. The ward includes Barton Hill, St Jude’s, The Dings, the area around Easton Leisure Centre and Redcliffe. It’s a diverse area, including Bristol’s big transport hub Temple Meads station, with a mix of tower blocks, new build flats, traditional terraces and conversions of older industrial buildings.

Prime Minister David Cameron on the Somalia Conference (Video)

(Medeshi)- Prime Minister David Cameron talks about the importance of the Somalia Conference which will be held in London on 7 May 2013.

Video about the becoming of Somaliland (In HD)

(Medeshi) - Somaliland is an unrecognised self-declared de facto sovereign state that is not  internationally recognised .The government of Somaliland regards itself as the successor state to the British Somaliland protectorate, which was independent on 26 June 1960 as the State of Somaliland, before uniting with the Trust Territory of Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) on 1 July 1960 to form the Somali Republic.

Somali refugee money transfer operation shut down in New Zealand

(Medeshi)- Somali refugees fear their families will starve after a money transferring operation was shut down under new anti-money laundering and terrorism laws.

Mo Farah: 'let's get behind the Somalia Conference' (Video)

(Medeshi)- Mo Farah urges Somalis to get behind the Somalia conference in London

State Department Briefing: United States slams 'political persecution' of critics (Video)

(Medeshi)- The following is video from State Department briefing regarding the conviction of Ethiopia's dissident journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition politician Andualem Arage under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and the Penal Code

Torrential rains leave 11 dead in Oman and 20 in Saudi Arabia (+ Photos )

(Medeshi)- Dubai: Oman’s weather situation suddenly took a turn for the worse late on Thursday and claimed 11 more lives in the worst single day death toll since rains began to lash the country on April 23.

Jobs wanted: Somali ex-pirates seek employment

(Medeshi) - By Peter Martell |AFP|- Mogadishu — For a fearsome pirate, even one in self-declared retirement, there is a notable lack of what literature has led one to expect: cutlass, eye-patch, hook or even a parrot.
Instead, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, one of Somalia's -- if not the world's -- most notorious pirate chiefs, appears far more businessman than sea bandit, as he explains why he now wants to end the murderous hijacking of ships.

The Women Warriors: "Through the Fire" tells the stories of three prominent women activists

( Medeshi) -This is the story of  Edna Adan Ismail , Dr. Hawa Abdi and Ilwad Ahmed .  Edna Adan Ismail is a former minister and nurse from the self-­‐declared nation of Somaliland.
In 2002 she opened the University Hospital of Somaliland. Since then, the  hospital has trained countless nurses and midwives who return home to apply their newly acquired skills.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

After Borama: Consensus, Representation And Parliament In Somaliland

(Medeshi) - “Elections matter in Somaliland. They are not mere formalities, conferring a thin veneer of legitimacy on a permanent incumbent; nor are they conducted solely as a sop to foreign donors insisting on greater democracy; nor is the prime motivation to further the pursuit of international recognition of Somaliland as a sovereign state. For most Somalilanders, elections are above all an essential component of internal peace and security…” Edward Paice and Hannah Gibson, Africa Research Institute (May 2013).
Twenty years since the historic Borama conference in Somaliland, Africa Research Institute has produced a remarkable report on the development of democratic politics in the country.

Saudi Arabia : Five more people die of a deadly new virus from the same family

(Medeshi)- Riyadh: Saudi Arabia says five more people have died of a deadly new virus from the same family as Sars, and two other people were in intensive care.

In Violation of Constitution, Ethiopian Blogger Will Face 18 Years in Prison

(Medeshi)-  EFF - Yesterday, the Ethiopian Supreme Court upheld the conviction and extreme sentence of award-winning online journalist Eskinder Nega, who now faces 18 years in prison.  Nega was arrested in September 2011 and charged with “terrorism” under a vague law in Ethiopia that has been used to target online journalists and political dissenters.

Mass graves in Somaliland discovered when rains in 1997 exposed bones , ropes, broken skulls and shallow graves in Hargeisa

(Medeshi)- When heavy rains in 1997 exposed bones, ropes, broken skulls and torn pieces of clothing in shallow graves in Hargeysa, capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, it set in motion the rudimentary beginnings of an international investigation into alleged war crimes.

Major African Hunger Crises

(Medeshi)- Between late 2010 and early 2012, southern and central Somalia experienced severe food insecurity and malnutrition precipitated by a prolonged period of drought resulting in the poorest harvests since the 1992-1993 famine.

Following is a summary of major African hunger crises :

Mortality in Somalia as a result of famine during 2010-2012 (+ Video)

(Medeshi)- Report : Issued: May 2, 2013 - Between late 2010 and early 2012, southern and central Somalia experienced severe food insecurity and malnutrition precipitated by a prolonged period of drought resulting in the poorest harvests since the 1992-1993 famine.

Midwives at heart of Somalia’s new reproductive health strategy

A group of Somali women engaging in an educational session about reproductive health.(Medeshi)- A reproductive health programme in Somalia is breaking new ground in rapidly expanding access to birth spacing services, safe childbirth, antenatal and postnatal care.
By 2010, two decades of internal conflict and famine and a collapsed health sector had left 80% of Somalia’s population without access to basic health services. The prospect of giving birth in the presence of a trained midwife or of accessing family planning – or “birth spacing” – services was thus a distant dream for the vast majority of Somali women, and one in 14 pregnancies ended with the mother dying.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Twin Cities : Three men charged with ties to 2008 Suicide attacks in Somaliland

Hargeisa  UN building after the
bombing in Oct  29, 2008
(Medeshi)- By Christie Smythe - Bloomberg News |Three men charged with supporting the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab had ties to two suicide bombers from Minnesota, the U.S. says.
The three defendants were "closely associated" with Farah

Mohamed Beledi, a suicide bomber who lived in the Twin Cities and who participated in a 2011 Somalia attack, prosecutors said in a letter filed Wednesday, May 1 in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Afghanistan : Seven Americans killed in fiery 747 crash (Video)

(Medeshi)- The cargo plane crew members who perished in a fiery crash in Afghanistan included a man who married just two weeks ago and another who was engaged, it has been revealed.

London : Somali poet receives African Poetry Award

(Medeshi)- by Juliet Mazarire - | NP Africa |This year the UK's Brunel University inaugural prize for African Poetry has been given to Somali poet Warsan Shire.
There were 655 entries for the prize. The participants had to submit a full-length poetry collection of 10 poems.

UAE and Britain fund Somalian battle against sexual violence

(Medeshi)- The UAE and UK will provide £2million in funding to help fight the horrific levels of sexual violence in Somalia.
The announcement was made yesterday by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the British foreign secretary William Hague.

Somaliland’s President Concludes Visit to Washington, U.S. Officials Re-affirm Partnership

(Medeshi)- Republic of Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud Silanyo Met with Members of Congress, State Department Officials and Others, Speaking Publicly about Somaliland’s Achievements
 WASHINGTON D.C. – President of the Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud Silanyo met in Washington, D.C. last week with U.S. Administration officials, Members of Congress and others with a key role or interest in the Horn of Africa.

Chris treks 2,000 miles for maternity hospital in Somaliland

(Medeshi)-  An adventurer who trekked 2,000 miles across Africa is continuing his mission to raise money and awareness of a maternity hospital in Somaliland.

Christopher Stanfield, of Ilkley, set off from Egypt last September and arrived at the Edna Adan University Hospital, Hargeisa, Somaliland, in January.

Somali : Al Shabaab militants threaten to avenge Puntland killings

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked Somali militants who have dug into parts of the northern Puntland province pledged vengeance after authorities in the autonomous region executed 13 suspected Islamist rebels.

Groundbreaking new vaccine will save lives in Somalia (Video)

(Medeshi)- A new vaccine launched in Somalia is one-jab armour against five preventable diseases.

Somali poet Warsan Shire on her African poetry award

(Medeshi)- Somali poet Warsan Shire has won the UK's Brunel University inaugural prize for African Poetry. The prize is for African poets who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection, and entrants had to submit a total of 10 poems.

Somali man gets life in prison for killing 4 in US, including mother of his child

MINOT, N.D. - A Somali national was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for killing the mother of his child and three other people in the U.S. two years ago.

Somaliland official says media owner attacked by police

Mohamed Ahmed Jama's arm was
broken in the attack. (Hubaal Media Network)
(Medeshi)- New York, April 30, 2013--A senior administration official in Somaliland has said that police officers were the perpetrators of an April 24 attack on the owner of a media network, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic to conduct a thorough investigation and ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice.

Two masked gunmen burst into the offices of the critical independent daily Hubaal in the capital, Hargeisa, at around 11:30 p.m. as the paper's employees were proofreading the next day's issue, according to local journalists and news reports. One assailant fired at least once at Mohamed Ahmed Jama, but missed, the reports said. Mohamed is the owner and manager of the Hubaal Media Network, which publishes Hubaal and the English daily The Independent, according to Hubaal Editor-in-Chief Hassan Hussein Abdillahi. Mohamed is also the manager of both papers.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

London : Setting out the priorities and aims of the Somalia Conference on 7 May 2013.

(Medeshi) - Somalia is emerging from more than two decades of conflict. Last year, Somalis in Somalia chose a new more legitimate parliament and Government. The Government has set out an ambitious plan, the Six Pillar Policy, for rebuilding the country. Security has also improved. Somali armed forces and AMISOM, with the help of their Ethiopian allies, have recovered towns and routes from Al Shabaab control. The diaspora are returning. The economy is starting to revive.

Chewing Khat Increasingly Popular Among Ethiopians

(Medeshi) The cultural tradition of chewing khat, a leaf that is a mild narcotic, is on the rise in Ethiopia. The East African nation is one of the world's chief exporters of the crop, earning hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Marthe van der Wolf reports from Addis Ababa.

Puntland executes 13 young Somalis including a woman

(Medeshi) - Puntalnd security forces carried out summary execution of 13 suspected Al Shabaab members today including a woman , local websites have reported. Some of the executed persons were found guilty of killing a Muslim Scholar named Dr Ahmed Sh. Abdirahman in Bossaso in 2011.

UK ministers meet members of the diaspora community to help explain the challenges Somali women face (+ Video )

(Medeshi) -The UK government invited members of the diaspora community to help explain the challenges Somali women face – and their ideas to overcome them
Representatives of the Somali diaspora in the UK joined ministers from Britain and Somalia yesterday (29 April 2013) to help promote the position of women in the country’s society.

The Netherlands urged to refrain from deporting Somalis

(Medeshi) - by Stanislava Gaydazhieva -Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged on 21 February the Dutch authorities to refrain from deporting Somalis to any part of south-central Somalia, including Mogadishu.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Somalia : Early start of rainy season brings flooding

(Medeshi)- The food security situation in all livelihood zones of Somalia remains as classified following the post-Deyr 2012/13 assessment with slightly over one million people across the country expected to remain in food security Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) through June 2013. Humanitarian assistance, geared towards treatment of malnourished children, improved food access, social safety nets and livelihood support is needed until the next Gu harvest in July-August.

UN secretary general appoints British diplomat as new UN envoy for Somalia

(Medeshi)- 29 April 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Nicholas Kay, a diplomat from the United Kingdom, as his new Special Representative for Somalia, it was announced today.

Mr. Kay succeeds Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania, who has served as Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) for the last three years and will complete his assignment on 3 June 2013.

260 000 died in Somali famine - report

(Medeshi) - Nairobi - Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week estimates that 260 000 people died in Somalia's 2011 famine, more than double previous estimates.

Search for oil expands in Somaliland

DNO, who also runs the Tawke oilfiled in Kurdistan,
 above, plans to begin exploration of its block in Somaliland
 next year. Ben Lando / Metrography / Corbis
(Medeshi)- By Florian Neuhof- The National -   Somaliland hopes that exploration by international oil companies will unearth reserves similar to those in nearby Yemen, and is in talks to increase the number of companies taking on acreage in the quasi-autonomous region.

The region, which considers itself independent from Somalia but is not recognised by the international community, last week signed its second deal with an established international player - Norway's DNO International, a company that merged with the UAE's RAK Petroleum.

UK-Foreign Office Minister meets members of the Somaliland diaspora in Cardiff

Mark Simmonds speaks to
Somaliland diaspora in Cardiff
(Medeshi)- Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds met members of the Somaliland diaspora in Cardiff to discuss a range of issues around UK foreign policy.

More than 20 local leaders, community workers and political activists, including women representatives, attended the event at the National Assembly for Wales on Monday.
In his remarks, the Minister paid tribute to the long-standing friendship between the UK and Somaliland, including the deep historical ties with Cardiff.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ethiopia, Somalia and some gentle diplomatic blackmail

(Medeshi)-  |Daily Maverick| — Ethiopia doesn’t really want to keep its troops in Somalia much longer. It’s an expensive business, and they’ve got other engagements to deal with. But who will replace them, and make sure that those hard-won conquests don’t fall back into Al-Shabaab hands? No one’s particularly keen, which is why Ethiopia has had to resort to an empty threat. By SIMON ALLISON.

Malta : Somalis call for justice on rape

(Medeshi)- The Somali community living in Malta has expressed its solidarity with the Italian woman who was allegedly gang raped by Somali men in Ħal Far last month.
“We hope the men who committed this crime will be brought to justice. It is for the Maltese court to decide on the case, but we wish to say such actions against women are serious crimes and are not tolerated by law or by the Somalis,” a spokesman said yesterday.

HABA Press Release: It is time to view the Horn of Africa afresh

(Medeshi)- As many international companies start to reassess their view of possible business opportunities throughout Africa the Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA) is pleased to report increased commercial activity in the Horn of Africa. A rash of regional developments from the extension of fibre optic connectivity and broadband thanks to the likes of Somcable (www.somcable) to the generating of renewable energy by Reykavik Geothermal (www.rg.is) in Ethiopia are helping Africa’s terra incognito to be viewed anew.

London : Special Eid Fun Day - Chessington World of Adventures!

(Medeshi) - EidFunDay is a family centred project where we aim to bring back the Fun in Eid Festivities. Everyone is welcome and this is our first year where we have exclusively hired out the whole of Chessington World of Adventures to celebrate Nationally the festivity of Eid.

Technical Advisor, Curriculum Development Hargeisa - Somaliland Jobs

(Medeshi)- Job Details
Employer: Mercy Corps
Job Title: Technical Advisor, Curriculum Development Hargeisa
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
Location: Hargeisa
Category: Management Consulting

Somalia's economic boom (+Video)

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu - Somalia's economy still has a long way to go, despite the recent economic boom in the region.