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Car Bomb And All-Night Hotel Siege Kill 26 In Somalia’s Kismayo

Car Bomb And All-Night Hotel Siege Kill 26 In Somalia’s Kismayo

The Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which is linked to al Qaeda and is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, said it had carried out a suicide attack Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on […]

Women And Al-Shabaab’s Insurgency In Somalia

Women And Al-Shabaab’s Insurgency In Somalia

What’s new? Women form an important social base for the Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgency in Somalia. Some help it recruit, generate funds and carry out operations. These understudied realities partly explain the insurgency’s resilience. Why does it matter? Understanding what Al-Shabaab offers Somali women, despite its brutal violence, patriarchal ethos and rigid gender norms, and, in […]

Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader Of Islamic State In Somalia

Airstrike Kills Deputy Leader Of Islamic State In Somalia

The deputy leader of the Islamic State group in Somalia has been killed in an airstrike, a Somali regional minister told VOA. Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, security Minister of the Puntland region, told VOA Somali the airstrike that killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, known as Dhoqob, took place Sunday between the villages of Hol Anod and Hiriro. […]

70 Somali Businesswomen Seek To Boost Their Businesses Via Training In Jubaland

70 Somali Businesswomen Seek To Boost Their Businesses Via Training In Jubaland

Approximately 70 Somali businesswomen have been taken through a forum to support access to finance for women-led enterprises, attended by esteemed ministers from the Jubaland Ministry of Women, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Fishery and Marine Resources, and Ministry of Trade and Commerce. The event provided an opportunity for women to hear about […]

Ifrah Ahmed Creates Film To Spur A Global Movement Against FGM In Somalia

Ifrah Ahmed Creates Film To Spur A Global Movement Against FGM In Somalia

Ifrah Ahmed hopes the film will spur a global movement against FGM on the scale of the HIV/AIDS campaign. Eight years after fleeing war in Somalia, Ifrah Ahmed returned to her ravaged homeland with a mission – to end the “silent killer” of female genital mutilation. Somalia has the world’s highest rate of FGM, affecting […]

Gang Rape And Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl Sparks Outrage In Somalia

Gang Rape And Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl Sparks Outrage In Somalia

Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region passed the country’s first Sexual Offences Law in 2016, which criminalises rape, sexual harassment and online sexual offences The gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in Somalia has sparked outrage, demonstrations and calls for authorities to use a landmark 2016 law to secure justice, in a country where violence […]

Two Suicide Bombs Claim At Least 15 In Mogadishu

Two Suicide Bombs Claim At Least 15 In Mogadishu

Two suicide car bombs exploded in Mogadishu on Thursday evening, killing at least 15 people, a Somali official told VOA. The first explosion occurred just after the 8 p.m. local time when a vehicle loaded with explosives were detonated on one of the capital’s busiest streets, Maka Al-Mukarama Road. Eyewitnesses said dozens of people were […]

AMISOM Unveils Plan To Flush Al-Shabab From Somalia Hideouts

AMISOM Unveils Plan To Flush Al-Shabab From Somalia Hideouts

 Top military commanders of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Saturday that they had agreed to launch new, targeted military operations against al-Shabab militants in Somalia. According to AMISOM, the new activities will be implemented in three phases in an effort to flush the terrorists from their hideouts in the region. Speaking at […]

Dubai Company’s Port Official Shot Dead In Somalia

Dubai Company’s Port Official Shot Dead In Somalia

A senior representative of Dubai-based harbour operator DP World has been killed in the port town of Bosaso in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg is quoting local police as saying that the official was rushed to hospital, where he died.   Local media outlets are naming the official as Paul Anthony Fermosa, the DP World […]

Somalia, UN Agency Launch Major Nutrition Survey For Children, Women

Somalia, UN Agency Launch Major Nutrition Survey For Children, Women

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Somali health ministry on Wednesday launched the first major nutrition survey in the country since 2009. Both the ministry and UNICEF said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu that the Somali National Micronutrient Survey will be carried out in the next four months. Fawziya Abikar, minister of […]