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Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Outrage As Somali Parliament Drafts Law Permitting Child, Forced Marriages

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage. The East African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including rape and female genital mutilation (FGM). The United Nations says 45% of women are married before […]

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

Parliament To Have 30 Percent Women After House Approval

The lower house has approved a bill providing for a 30% quota for women in the Somali parliament. Although the parliament has yet to ratify the bill, it is one more step towards the feminization of politics in Somalia. It is a long-term struggle in a society that is both patriarchal and traditionalist, but progress […]

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

The new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements. Almost 500,000 people have been forced from their homes by recent floods in central Somalia, the United Nations said, putting further pressure […]

Mogadishu Residents Reluctant To Follow State Orders On COVID-19

Mogadishu Residents Reluctant To Follow State Orders On COVID-19

In mid-March, Somalia’s council of ministers held a special meeting on COVID-19, as it became clear that the pandemic was soon to hit country. Chaired by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, the cabinet members labelled the virus as germ with massive potential to kill masses, hence deciding a series of measures. “The public must realise […]

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

President Mohamed Farmaajo has commended both the country’s achievement to reach interim debt relief. In a statement, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said the decision by the World Bank and IMF was critical for reforms in Somalia. “This debt relief decision by IMF, WB, IDA and the support from friends of Somalia, is a timely boost […]

Somali Rapist And Murderer Pays 75 Camels To Escape Death

Somali Rapist And Murderer Pays 75 Camels To Escape Death

The release of a Somali man on death row for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl after he paid 75 camels undermines a landmark law to curb gender violence and promotes a culture of impunity in the East African nation, women’s rights groups said. Aisha Ilyes Aden was abducted from a market in […]

Somalia Executes Two Men By Firing Squad For Girl’s Gang Rape and Murder

Somalia Executes Two Men By Firing Squad For Girl’s Gang Rape and Murder

The killing triggered demonstrations calling for authorities to enforce a law to secure justice in the East African nation, where rape victims are stigmatized Somalia executed two men by firing squad on Tuesday for the gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl, a government official said, adding it would serve as a warning to […]

Turkey’s First Lady Meets Representatives Of The Global Somali Diaspora Organization

Turkey’s First Lady Meets Representatives Of The Global Somali Diaspora Organization

Turkey’s First lady Emine Erdoğan has met with representatives of the Global Somali Diaspora Organization following a NATO summit in London, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. Mrs Erdoğan met with members of the House of Lords, Conservative Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Liberal Democrat Lord Qurban Hussain as well as Labour member of Parliament […]

Over 500,000 People So Far Affected By Floods

Over 500,000 People So Far Affected By Floods

Flooding in Somalia has affected 574,000 people, displacing 370,000 of them, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday. The October flooding, which was unusual for this time of year, has taken humanitarian agencies aback as there are less funding and flexibility in the humanitarian operation, said the OCHA. Prior to […]

Mobile Phone Warnings Set To Aid Climate-Vulnerable Somali Nomads

Mobile Phone Warnings Set To Aid Climate-Vulnerable Somali Nomads

In central Somalia’s Beledweyne district, families still reeling from food shortages and livestock deaths after another year of poor rains were surprised by a new disaster last month: brutal floods that completely submerged homes after the Shabelle River burst its banks. Across the district, 230,000 people were driven from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency […]

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