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More food for aid for Somali refugees off-loaded in port

More food for aid for Somali refugees off-loaded in port

The African Union has received an assortment of humanitarian supplies from Equatorial Guinea, including medical supplies, to be transported to Somalia, a senior official said on Monday. AU Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha said they received the humanitarian aid from Equatorial Guinea, part of the 350 million U. S. dollars aid pledge made to help Somalia [...]

Somalia government evicts squatters from state-owned buildings

Somalia government evicts squatters from state-owned buildings

Mogadishu (Alshahid)-The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia has started a major operation to remove tens of thousands of people who have been squatting in state-owned buildings in the capital. Aid agencies in Somalia estimate that more than 50,000 people live in abandoned official buildings in Mogadishu, the nation’s capital. An abandoned school in the [...]

TWO Somalis have been murdered in Cape Town

TWO Somalis have been murdered in Cape Town

Cape Town (Alshahid) -The men were shot in the head while they were delivering groceries to their shops. They died on the scene in Red Bay Street. The criminals fled with a bakkie full of groceries and an undisclosed amount of cash. A witness, Buyiswa Gaji, said: “I was going to the shop when I [...]

800 Somali kids arrive in Kenyan camps daily; SOS

800 Somali kids arrive in Kenyan camps daily; SOS

Nairobi (Alshahid) -An international aid group says over 800 Somali children arrive at Kenyan refugee camps each day to escape their country’s devastating drought. Save the Children says that the children are part of the nearly 1,300 people who come each day to the overcrowded Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. The group said Tuesday [...]

Somalia: Rains worsen conditions for IDPs

Somalia: Rains worsen conditions for IDPs

Afgoye (Alshahid) - The month-late start of Somalia’s long rains may bring respite to the country’s farmers and pastoralists, but for hundreds of thousands of displaced people crowded into an insurgent-controlled area almost entirely bereft of humanitarian assistance, the deluge delivers only more problems. The “Gu” rains usually start in early April, but this year [...]

SA/Zimbabwe govts meet over Somali refugees

SA/Zimbabwe govts meet over Somali refugees

Beit Bridge (Alshahid) -South African and Zimbabwean immigration officials met in Beit Bridge on Friday and agreed to deal jointly with the immigration crisis amid revelations that 64 Somali refugees were rounded up in the border town as they attempted to cross the border into South Africa illegally. The emergency meeting followed growing concerns by [...]

UN condemns shooting of Somali asylum seekers by Mozambican police

UN condemns shooting of Somali asylum seekers by Mozambican police

Degado Mozambique (Alshahid) -The United Nations refugee agency Friday condemned the recent shooting by Mozambican police of four Somali asylum-seekers and called on authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. The four Somalis were fatally shot on 29 April, reportedly in Namoto in Cabo Delgado province, according to a press statement issued [...]

South Africa Sends Back Somali Refugees

South Africa Sends Back Somali Refugees

Beitbridge (Alshahid) — The South African Immigration Department is sending back to Zimbabwe Somalis seeking refuge in that country amid reports of a looming malaria outbreak in Beitbridge border town.   It is understood that South Africa is arguing that Zimbabwe should regularise the Somalis’ movement first before allowing them to cross into that country. [...]

US calls for action on refugees’ woes in Kenya camps

US calls for action on refugees’ woes in Kenya camps

Nairobi (Alshahid) -The US has identified overcrowding and security concerns, including rape, banditry and shooting as major problems at both Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. A State Department human rights report also cited the persecution of Muslim converts to Christianity, community pressure against opponents of female genital mutilation, forced marriage, particularly of young Sudanese and [...]

HRW pleads for Somali asylum seekers in Kenya

HRW pleads for Somali asylum seekers in Kenya

Nairobi (Alshahid) -A global human rights watchdog wants Kenya to stop deporting Somalis fleeing conflict in their country.   Kenya should allow humanitarian agencies to help fleeing Somali civilians instead of sending them back to their war-torn country, urged Human Rights Watch (HRW).   The rights group has also asked Kenya not to close makeshift [...]

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