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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Portland resident escapes war-torn Somalia, earns criminal justice degree from UMPI

(Medeshi)- By Jen Lynds - PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — At college commencement ceremonies across the country, it is not unusual to hear stories about students who have overcome tremendous obstacles in order to receive their degrees. Some have fled war-torn countries, worked several jobs to pay for school or attended college in an area where they didn’t really know anyone at all.

Somali premier to seek trust vote this week

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU: Somalia’s prime minister is expected to face a vote of confidence next week, lawmakers said on Friday, and backers of the challenge said they were frustrated with the pace of political reform.

Somaliland marks 22 years of independence

(Medeshi)- Somaliland, which is more tribally homogeneous than the rest of Somalia, has been striving for international recognition since it broke away in 991.

Ahmed Mahamoud Silany, the region’s president, told Al Jazeera on Friday that, despite Somalia's calls to be united with the region, Somaliland is determined to retain its independence.

Interview with Somaliland representative in London On Somaliland quest for indepenedence (Video)

(Medeshi)-Somalia New Deal and Somaliland Independence

MN Somali humanitarian heroes Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan sentenced for helping destitute Somalis

(Medeshi)- By Mick Kelly | fightbacknews |Minneapolis, MN – About 200 Somalis, mainly women, converged on the Federal Building here, May 16, for the sentencing hearing of two Somali humanitarian workers. Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan were convicted of ‘material support for terrorism’ in October, 2011. Judge Michael J. Davis handed down a 20-year sentence for Amina Ali and a 10-year sentence for Hawo Hassan.

Change looms for Ethiopia’s ancient salt trade (+ Photos )

(Medeshi)- Reuters - Abdu Ibrahim Mohammed was 15 years old when he began trekking with caravans of camels to collect salt in a sun-blasted desert basin of north Ethiopia that is one of the hottest places on earth.

Now 51 and retired, he has passed his camels to his son to pursue this centuries-old trade in “white gold” from the Danakil Depression, where rain almost never falls and the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius).

Somaliland : May 18 celebrations (Video + Photos)

(Medeshi)- Following are videos and photos from the web of May 18 celebrations in Somaliland :

Friday, May 17, 2013

Somaliland hopes for World recognition (+ Video)

(Medeshi) - The Horn of Africa has been ravaged by war and famine for decades, and now one of Somalia's regions, hopes to become an independent state.

Video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford 'caught smoking crack on video' offered for sale by a group of Somali men

(Medeshi)- By William Clarke - the  Telegraph. Toronto Star reporters were contacted by a man who described himself as an organiser in the Somali community. He claimed to represent two other Somali men who had allegedly supplied crack cocaine to the mayor, and sought to facilitate the sale of the video.
The video, which has not yet been purchased, has been viewed by journalists with the Toronto Star and the news website Gawker. The owners of the video are reported to have hoped to sell it for as much as $1 million.

Ethiopia: Police officer kills 14 civilians

(Medeshi)- May 14, 2013 -ADDIS ABABA - An Ethiopian federal policeman shot dead 14 innocent people in the northern west city of Bahirdar, a regional police source told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Amhara regional police commissioner, Mulgeta Worku, said the shooter randomly opened fire on Sunday evening at around 9pm local time against residents of Abay Mado vicinity and against passers by.

Somaliland will mark its 22nd anniversary on Saturday the 18th of May,2013

(Medeshi)- In anticipation of Somaliland’s Independence Day, the President of Somaliland invites Somaliland communities around the world to come together in celebration.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Warlords claim Jubaland leadership ( + View of Kismayo video)

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU: A warlord in southern Somalia’s Jubaland has named himself “president” of the volatile self-declared region, clan leaders said on Thursday, shortly after the election of another militia commander to the post.

Somaliland : Hargeisa livestock Market after rehabilitation (Video)

(Medeshi)- Video about the opening of the new Hargeisa livestock market after its rehabilitation . the project was funded by the United Kingdom through SEED programme.

Tensions simmer in south Somali region

( Medeshi)- Mogadishu - A warlord in southern Somalia's Jubaland region has declared himself "president" of the region, leaders said on Thursday, shortly after the election of another militia commander to the post.

New book challenges leaders to embrace training

(Medeshi)- ‘Developing the Ministerial Mindset: A Global View’ urges better pre-post training for governors'.
London, United Kingdom – In their new book “Developing The Ministerial Mindset: A Global View” (published by AuthorHouse) authors Aliar Hossain and Mark T Jones tackle the always-thorny issue of governmental competence and training. They present clear strategies for improving the decision-making and effectiveness of government ministers across the globe.

Malta : Somalis jailed for three months after escaping from detention van

(Medeshi)- Two Somalis were jailed for three months each after admitting before Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit that they escaped from custody while being transported to Mater Hospital last Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

London : 11 year old Hani Haji Hassan dies after being hit by lorry after getting off the school bus

(Medeshi)-The father of an 11-year-old girl who died when she was hit by a lorry after getting off the school bus today spoke of his agonising decision to turn her life support machine off.

Hani Haji Hassan, who had dreamt of being a doctor, suffered severe head injuries when she stepped out into the path of a food delivery lorry in Streatham yesterday afternoon.

UN flights banned as Somalia, Somaliland battle for control of airspace

(Medeshi)- Somaliland has banned all UN flights from its airports following a spat with the Mogadishu-based federal government of Somalia.
The self-declared republic located in north-western Somalia is protesting Sunday's move by Mogadishu to assume full control of Somali's entire airspace, including that of Somaliland.

It is the first time the Somalia is taking control of its airspace following two decades of anarchy triggered by the collapse of the central government in 1991.

Jubaland region gets ex-Islamist Somali warlord as President

Madobe's powerful militia controls sea port at Kismayo
(Medeshi)- NAIROBI - Former Islamist warlord Ahmed Madobe has been elected "president" of Somalia's volatile southern Jubaland region following weeks of tense negotiations between rival factions, officials said Wednesday.

The vote in the southern port city of Kismayo was opposed by the central government in the capital Mogadishu, which is keen to stamp its authority on the lawless and war-ravaged nation, not to see further regional splits.

Somaliland FM writes to Ban Ki Moon of the UN in reaction to comments by UN Deputy Chief

(Medeshi)- Somaliland Foreign Minister  wrote the attached letter on May 15, 2013 to the United Nations Secretary general in response to comments by the UN Deputy Chief  which contained a demand for support to Somalia government to assert its authority over the region including Somaliland . The UN deputy Chief has mentioned in his comments Quote " Somaliland decided not to join the delegation( London conference 2013). They were asked by the President to join, and given all the good reasons to join but they have ambitions that go beyond autonomy, that go beyond a taking part of a federal structure." Unquote .

Libya : Coastguard retrieves empty migrant boat, suspects tragic end

The empty inflatable dinghy
found drifting eight miles off the coast
of Tripoli this morning
(Photo: Tom Westcott, Libya Herald)
(Medeshi)- May 14, 2013 (Libya Herald) — An empty boat used by sub-Saharan migrants hoping to reach European shores retrieved by the Libyan Coastguard this morning suggests that more lives have been lost at sea.
The 15-foot Zodiac inflatable dinghy, empty apart from personal possessions and identification documents, was found drifting some eight miles off the coast of Tripoli.
“A boat this size would often carry 80-90 people,” a Libyan Coastguard official told the Libya Herald today. “We suspect that those on board may have died because we have found mobile phones, passports and money.”

Somalia : Aerial view of Kismayo ( + Video)

(Medeshi)- In 2006 the al Shabaab Ismalist militant gained control of most of Kismayo in the Lower Juba region of Somalia and turned it into their economic hub; putting a tax on almost everything and exporting charcoal as a way of funding their militant operations. On the 02 October 2012, a reconstituted Somali National Army and Forces of the Ras Konboni Brigade with help from Kenyan contingent of the AMISOM troops captured the city from the al Shabaab insurgent.

Ethiopia arrests minister, 11 others over corruption

(Medeshi)- |Reuters| - Ethiopian police have arrested a minister and 11 other people on corruption charges, an official and state media said on Saturday, in the country's most high-profile swoop against graft for more than a decade.

Businesses in the region regularly complain of corruption as an obstacle to their work. Transparency International ranked Ethiopia 113 out of 176 nations worldwide in its 2012 perception of corruption index, where No. 1 is considered least corrupt.

Somalia : Armed gangs take over Dahabshiil HQ in Mogadishu , kill one guard

(Medeshi)- Armed gangs entered the Head quarters of Dhabshiil money transfer company in Mogadishu today killing one security guard and a civilian , reports say .The gangs were immediately  surrounded by the Somali  security forces after they  have killed one of the security guards of the bank while forcefully entering the bank . A by standing civilian also died in the cross fire between the guards and the armed gang, local Somali websites have reported.

Denmark: No forced returns to ‘volatile’ situation in Somalia

(Medeshi)- Forcibly returning people to a volatile security situation in Somalia would violate international law, Amnesty International said as the Danish Refugee Board is due to consider returning five Somali asylum seekers.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Books : Becoming Somaliland (African Issues | Paperback)

(Medeshi)- By Mark Bradbury - In 1991, the leaders of the Somali National Movement and elders of the northern Somali clans proclaimed the new Republic of Somaliland. Since then, in contrast to the complete collapse of Somalia, Somaliland has successfully managed a process of reconciliation, demobilization, and restoration of law and order. They have held five successful democratic elections and the capital, Hargeysa, has become an active international trading center. Despite this display of good governance in Africa, Somaliland has yet to be recognized by the international community.

David Angell named Canada's First Ambassador To Somalia In 20 Years

A longtime Canadian diplomat will
become the country's first ambassador
to Somalia in more than two
decades. (CP)
(Medeshi)- OTTAWA - A longtime Canadian diplomat will become the country's first ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades.

The announcement of David Angell's appointment marks a restart of diplomatic relations between Canada and the east Africa country.

Canada hasn't had an ambassador accredited to Somalia since 1990 but had signalled it wanted to rekindle relations following presidential elections in the country last year.

England : Somali born Ahmed Gure jailed for setting fire to Mental Health Unit

(Medeshi)- An alcoholic who set fire to a hospital and spat in a nurse's eyes has been jailed for 22 months.

Ahmed Gure, 37, of Hylands Road, Walthamstow, also racially abused staff, and smeared excrement over the walls of a police cell when he was arrested.

"Qadiyadda Soomaaliland salaan madaxweyne wey ka weyntahay": Wareysi Faysal Cali Waraabi (+ Video)

(Medeshi) - "Qadiyadda Soomaaliland salaan madaxweyne wey ka weyntahay": Wareysi Faysal Cali Waraabi

$2.6m parachuted as ransom money to Somali pirates

(Medeshi)- |AFP|-The Saudi owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew was held by Somali pirates for 10 months admitted paying $2.6 million to free them in November 2011, an Algerian paper reported on Tuesday.

Bulgarian Border Police Detain 15 Somali Immigrants

(Medeshi )  Bulgarian border police at the border crossing point in Vidin has detected 15 Somalis and two Afghanistan nationals hidden in a truck.

On Monday, border police officers in Vidin stopped a truck with a Slovakian registration plate driven by a 44-year-old Romanian national for an additional inspection.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wild Polio Virus reported in Somalia

(Medeshi)- A case of type 1 polio has been reported in the Banadir region of Somalia. The country’s first case since March 2007, genetic sequencing is underway to determine the origin of the virus.
In response to the outbreak, an immunization campaign is scheduled to take place 14-16 May, aimed at reaching more than 350,000 children in the Banadir region.

Somaliland : Burao calm after Monday riots (+ Video)

(Medeshi)- Reports coming from Burao, the second largest city of Somaliland say that the situation has returned to calm after riots in Monday morning that left one person dead.

Germany : Fingerprint match puts Somali asylum-seeker under piracy suspension

(Medeshi)- A Somali man seeking asylum in Germany under a false name ended up charged with piracy after authorities matched his fingerprints with those taken from a German ship hijacked in 2010, according to media reports.
The unnamed man was arrested in the German city of Giessen after the routine fingerprint check, reported the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung in advance of publication on Monday.

Somaliland : Hargeisa school of the deaf (+Photos)

(Medeshi)- Coca-Cola Foundation and Cultures of Resistance have sponsored S.A.F.E. to build a new school for Hargeisa School of the Deaf. It is the only school of its kind and it will provide quality education for hundreds of deaf children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend school in Somalia. The final phase of construction for the new school is about to begin. Here are some photos of the site so far:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

England : Virgin's Sir Richard Branson turns stewardess after losing bet (+Video)

(Medeshi)- One of the richest men in Europe , Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson got dressed up as a female flight attendant after honouring a bet he lost to Air Asia chief executive Tony Fernandes.
Donning a uniform, he served passengers on an Air Asia charity flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur.

Yan Digilov Discusses Firestarter in Somaliland (+ Video)

(Medeshi)- In the absence of coordinated international support, firestarter finds that individuals in Somaliland have arisen to meet the demands of the people and benefit from the opportunities for growth.

Rapes on Rise in Somaliland, Say Medical Officials

(Medeshi)- By ABDI GULED Associated Press - An upsurge of gang rapes has hit the breakaway region of Somaliland — a normally peaceful enclave considered by many to be a sanctuary from Somalia's decades of violence.
Knife-wielding young men follow women along the dusty streets of Hargeisa, the capital of the region, dragging them inside buildings to rape and rob them. Children are among the victims.
At least 84 women have been raped since the beginning of this year, according to rights activists and medical officials.