(GIN)—Longtime Africa specialists who have looked at a four-page list of Africa-related questions from the Trump transition staff say they’re seeing an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals while business opportunities will be getting an extra push. The four-page list has been making the rounds at the State Department and Pentagon, the New York […]
(GIN)–The United Nations, which is sheltering more than 600,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, has been ordered by Kenyan authorities to relocate the camp in three months. “We have asked the UNHCR (the U.N. Refugee Agency) to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” said Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto […]
(GIN)—It may not be clear who is running Somalia these days but energy companies appear to know who to call as they conduct onshore and offshore seismic surveys which could make the Horn of Africa an oil giant within six years. Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron are all activating plans to drill […]
(GIN)–As part of a controversial anti-terrorism operation, Kenya is rounding up and detaining Somali refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers, separating parents from young children. Some of the children are said to be confined to a Nairobi stadium without a parent or guardian. Emanuel Nyabera, spokesman for the U.N. Refugee Agency, expressed concern for some 300 children […]
The U.N. is appealing to countries not to deport Somali refugees as the situation in southern and central Somalia is still unsafe.
(GIN)—Kenyan parliamentarians are threatening to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which is home to about half a million Somalis forced to flee to Kenya because of a war at home with insurgents under the Islamist Al-Shabab. The closure threats follow the siege and massacre at a Nairobi shopping mall by the Somali Islamists who […]
In the aftermath of the worst terror attack in East Africa in three years, foreign policy scholars here are urging the U.S. government to rethink its counter-terror policy in the region. Many are suggesting that the Somali Al Shabab militant organization may be stronger and better organized than previously thought.
(GIN)—European donors opened their wallets again to pledge some $2.4 billion for the reconstruction of Somalia. The money throws the Horn of Africa nation another lifeline as it attempts to end more than two decades of conflict. The money has been called a “New Deal” for what is widely regarded as a failed state. European Union (EU) […]