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Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 15 In Attack On Religious Center

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 15 In Attack On Religious Center

Al-Shabab militants have attacked the compound of a controversial cleric in the central Somalia town of Galkayo, killing him and at least 14 other people, officials and witnesses said. Residents in the town said they woke up Monday to huge explosions followed by heavy, sustained gunfire at the compound in the southern half of the […]

Somali Girls Die During FGM Procedures – NGOs, Activists, Call On The Government

Somali Girls Die During FGM Procedures – NGOs, Activists, Call On The Government

Save the Children calls upon the government of Somalia, civil society and other community actors to take immediate action to scale up efforts to protect children, particularly girls, against all forms of violence and harmful traditional practices, including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The call comes after a series of confirmed reports of deaths of young […]

Forced Evictions Render Thousands Homeless In Somalia

Forced Evictions Render Thousands Homeless In Somalia

 More than 200 000 Somalis have been forcibly evicted from their homes since the beginning of the year. This is almost double the 120 000 people evicted during the same period last year. Among those evicted are tens of thousands of people who fled drought, flooding and violence in recent months. Evelyn Aero, Norwegian Refugee […]

160 Ugandan Police Officers Leave Mogadishu

160 Ugandan Police Officers Leave Mogadishu

An AU police contingent of 160-personnel is due to leave Somalia over the weekend, after a year’s tour of duty in the Horn of Africa country. The team from Uganda’s Formed Police Unit is part of a multi-national police force under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which is training and mentoring Somali police […]

Somalia Announces First Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation

Somalia Announces First Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation

 Somalia’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir announced on Wednesday the country’s first ever prosecution against female genital mutilation (FGM) following the death of a 10-year-old girl, an adviser to the government said. Ifrah Ahmed, who advises Somalia on gender issues, said the attorney general was sending a team of investigators to find out more about […]

Somali 10-Year-Old Dies After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation

Somali 10-Year-Old Dies After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation

 A 10-year-old girl in central Somalia has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), prompting calls from campaigners to criminalise the internationally condemned practice in a country with the world’s highest rates. The girl was taken by her mother to a traditional circumciser on July 14. The procedure left her bleeding and she died in […]

Gunmen Kill Women’s Rights Activist In Mogadishu

Gunmen Kill Women’s Rights Activist In Mogadishu

A woman was shot dead in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Sunday night by gunmen believed to be Al Shabaab assassins, in what appeared to be an apparent assassination. A witness, speaking to Radio Shabelle by phone said the woman was critically wounded in the attack which occurred at Cinema Abdi Wayel area in the […]

AMISOM Concludes Gender Awareness Training For Police

AMISOM Concludes Gender Awareness Training For Police

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has concluded gender awareness training for Somali police officers in four regional states in Somalia, to help broaden their knowledge of human rights. Over 98 police officers and other security personnel were trained in Kismayo, Baidoa, Beletweyne, the administrative capitals of Jubbaland, South West states and Hiiraan region […]

UN Envoy Lauds Somali Women For Championing Inclusivity

UN Envoy Lauds Somali Women For Championing Inclusivity

The United Nations senior envoy in Somalia on Thursday praised the role of Somali women in promoting a more inclusive and equitable Somali society. Michael Keating, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, also congratulated Somali women for achieving significant progress in recent years, especially in the political and economic affairs of the country. “Women […]

Somalia Government Receives Medical Donation From Saudi Arabia

Somalia Government Receives Medical Donation From Saudi Arabia

A plane carrying a medical donation from Saudi Arabia has landed in Mogadishu today. The donation was handed over to the government of Somalia so that it will be delivered to the local medical outlets that serve the public. Also, onboard the plane were some Somali nationals who were flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment […]

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