Tag: somalia

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

Cascade of crises to occupy delegates at African Union summit

(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]

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In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–As Europeans debated their policies towards the leaky flotillas steaming out of Libya, carrying most to a certain death at sea, members of ISIL were streaming a video of captured Ethiopian Christians on a beach. One group of Christians is on their knees and shot to death. Another group is beheaded. The video bore the […]

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Kenya orders Somali refugee camp sheltering thousands to move

Kenya orders Somali refugee camp sheltering thousands to move

| April 14, 2015

(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 […]

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At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

| February 25, 2015

(GIN)—After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response. This left actor Barkhad Abdi, who played opposite Tom Hanks in the movie “Captain Phillips” and was making his […]

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Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

Energy companies set sights on war-torn Somalia for next big dig

| December 11, 2014

(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 […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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Drone war on Somalia fails to protect women raped by ‘defenders’

Drone war on Somalia fails to protect women raped by ‘defenders’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)–A U.S. drone war on the insurgency in Somalia has overlooked the war on women–specifically the abuse, rapes and attacks on women and girls by AMISOM—the African Union Mission in Somalia, a new report by Human Rights Watch has disclosed. In its report titled “The Power These Men Have Over Us,” the New York-based Human […]

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Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

| August 20, 2014

(GIN)–A U.S. and U.K.-funded anti-terrorism unit has carried out a series of killings and “enforced disappearances” during its fight against militant Islamists in Kenya, says the NY-based Human Rights Watch. HRW said it also found evidence of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of terrorism suspects in detention. “Kenyan counterterrorism forces appear to be killing and disappearing people […]

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Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

Kenyan round-up of refugees nets 300 children

| June 27, 2014

(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 […]

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Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of risky flight

Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of risky flight

(GIN)—The mother of the 14-year-old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, said it was the first news she had heard about her lost son for six […]

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